Finding the right bike for you is the reason we open our doors every day.
Some people come in knowing exactly what types of features they want their bike to come loaded with. Others stroll in to purchase a bike for the first time, or are looking to try a different type of riding then they have done before, which means they need a different type of bike.
You may pop into the store and discover the cycling you do blends more than one style. You may even discover a style at Southern Highlands Cyclery you’d like to try that you have never considered before you heard about it from one of our friendly bike experts, sat in the seat and said, “ahhhh, this is it!”.
Ultimately, the type of riding you do will dictate the type of bicycle to purchase. And whatever your desire, we have a bike to fill it.
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Take a Test Ride
What better way to decide if belong behind the handlebars of that shiny new bike you have your eyes set on, then to take it for a spin? Put rubber to pavement and feel how your new bike rides!
Southern Highlands Cyclery is the bike shop where you go to find the trustworthy and friendly help you need to start riding with style and comfort. The only question is…what kind of riding do you want to do? Are you planning long-distance rides, trail riding, commuting around town—or just cruising around the neighborhood? Come on in and chat with us about your needs and we can get you on the bike that fits your life and style.
Find the Right Bike for Your Style of Riding
Recreation & Leisure
Leisure riding refers to the occasional ride that blends fitness and fun. You might head out to enjoy a park or explore some new terrain. Maybe you take a Sunday afternoon ride with the kids, pets or friends through the city. These rides are usually short, infrequent, on flat or easy terrain and at a leisurely pace. You may make stops along the way to enjoy a view, get an ice cream cone or stop in a favorite shop. These rides require little in the way of equipment, clothing or fitness. Any kind of bicycle would be appropriate for this type of riding, including older styles with no gearing.
Generally this riding follows well paved roads, so a road bike or hybrid will be the fastest. Alternatively, you may wish to get an old cruiser style to leave at the bus/train station for your commute to and from work. This type of bike will be less of a temptation for thieves. A fold up bike you can take on that bus/train can also be a great option.
Designed to be stable these bikes have the comfortable stance of a mountain bike with the trademark fat tires and upright positioning. They are pavement friendly with an upright riding position. You will usually find them with a shock in the seat post, ergonomic hand grips, and wider saddles. This is an excellent weekend warrior type of a bike for someone looking for a great reason to get out of the house and enjoying being active outdoors.
Blend characteristics from more specialized road and mountain bikes. Hybrids typically borrow the flat, straight handlebars and upright seating posture of a mountain bike, which many beginning bicyclists find comfortable and intuitive. Hybrids also employ the lighter weight, thinner wheels and smooth tires of road bikes, allowing for greater speed and less exertion when riding on pavement.
Exemplify style and simplicity. They come in a rainbow of colors and a plethora of styles. They have balloon tires, an upright seating posture, and usually a single speed drivetrain with options for 3-7 speeds. Beach Cruisers are ideal for shopping, going to the beach or a casual adventure. Their wide tires and seats and single gear makes them best used on flat terrain. They also have upright handlebars that enable a good viewing position of the world around you. This is the bike for those who want to take in the world around them as they float on by.
Street & Road Racing
If you’re considering entering races, or even charity rides, you probably need a different kind of bicycle that’s built for speed and performance. The type of bike will depend largely on the surfaces you are covering. Generally triathlons require road bikes, however, multi sport athletic events and extreme triathlons may be done on terrain that requires a mountain bike. Bikes that are used on velodromes are different again. They have a fixed rear gear enabling maximum speed and the rider slows by pushing back against their pedals. It is a good idea to speak with a knowledgeable bike lover on our staff about the conditions of the race or ride so they can recommend the bike that will give you the power and features you need to glide over the finish line triumphantly.
Off Road & Trails
Rutted, rooty, rough tracks require bikes that can absorb the shock of the bumps and tires that won’t puncture easily. Hybrids can take a bit of this but for the more serious off road work you will need a mountain bike with front, or possibly dual, suspension. If you would like to ride to work on good suburban streets plus do a bit of off road recreationally you could consider
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