Bicycle Advice

Why Shop for a Bike at a Bike Shop?

Why shop for a bike at a bike shop?

The answer seems obvious at first…it’s a bike shop!

More then that, bicycles are vehicles that can travel at high speeds and withstand demanding conditions. To do their best, they need to be constructed of high-quality materials, assembled by competent and trained bicycle mechanics, and properly adjusted to fit you right. By purchasing your new bike from a professional bicycle store instead of from a mass merchant or “discount” department store, you receive numerous important advantages that will ensure a lifetime of cycling enjoyment.

Qualified Sales People

All of the employees here at Cycle Solutions love to ride and it shows. We don’t just sell cycling products, we also use them. If you have any questions or if you’re not sure what to do to take your cycling to the next step, or the first step, we’re here to help.

Professional Mechanics

We have an in-house service department and repair center. Our trained and experienced mechanics ensure that every bike we sell is professionally assembled and tuned before it reaches the sales floor. We keep you riding after the sale by providing professional tune-up and repair services. Your first tune up is free!

Selection

At Cycle Solutions we offer a wide range of cycles and accessories, from kid’s bikes to high performance road & mountain bikes. We even carry special bicycle helmets for infants so that your children can enjoy cycling with you!

Right Bike Right Fit

How much you enjoy cycling depends on choosing the right size and style of bike for your unique body geometry. Our well educated staff will ask you questions and talk to you about your bicycling experience and needs to ensure that you take home the perfect bike. With our Tri Fit program we make sure that the bike that is right for you also fit you properly, not just when you leave the store but also after you have had the chance to put some kilometers on your wheels!

Test Rides

We try to encourage every customer to ride before they buy. It’s just one more way we make sure you take home the perfect bike.

Quality Bicycles and Bicycle Parts

Ever wonder why you can’t find the same brands that we sell at Cycle Solutions at any of the department stores? We offer a higher quality bicycle built from higher quality parts right down to the brake pads which will provide a lifetime of enjoyment at competitive prices.

Quality Accessories

Here at Cycle Solutions we sell all the gear, clothing, accessories and safety equipment needed to fully enjoy your cycling experience. Our in-store service & repair department can install any accessory and make sure you understand how to use it before you leave the store.

After Sales Service

Here at Cycle Solutions we believe that you need have the most enjoyable experience possible out of your ride! We can assist with how, when & where to ride. We host several riders groups and offer special information sessions where you can learn more about “how to” do pretty much anything with your bike!

Buy Local

When you buy a bicycle from Cycle Solutions you’re not just buying a bike. Your money goes back into your community & supports local cycling events and groups that we initiate and support. Check out our events schedule for more details!

Bicycle Accessories

The difference between a good biking experience and a great one is having the right bike accessories. You already have the bicycle, (the most essential piece!), but there are several bicycle accessories that can help you to ride more comfortably, safely, and efficiently. Some of these items are considered essential (helmet), while others are optional.

For the average rider, some essential pieces of equipment include a helmet, water bottle, water bottle cage and a tire pump. At Cycle Solutions every bike that we sell includes a free water bottle and water bottle cage. A seat bag is very handy to put your keys, wallet and cell phone in during your ride and sits neatly out of the way under your saddle.

For the more serious cyclist, someone who logs lots of kilometers on their bike, you’ll probably appreciate a few more accessories. Upgrading to clipless pedals for more power, a bike computer to log your achievements, a multi tool to handle little mishaps and a CO2 inflation system will all help to enhance the serious cyclist’s experience.

If your schedule doesn’t allow much time for daylight cycling you may be interested in the wide range of lighting systems that are available. These lights can light up the road well ahead of you and as well can warn anyone approaching you from behind that you are there. It’s a safe and easy way to squeeze in more riding time!

Bicycle commuting is an activity that is gaining popularity as we all become more aware of the impact we are having on our environment. For those of us who are using our bicycles to make that trip to and from work, or to the local market, there are a variety of mirrors, fenders, saddle-bags and carrier bags that become essential to making that commute easier, safer and more enjoyable.

Ride on over to check out all the accessories that we have to offer and let our knowledgeable staff help you pick out the next perfect addition for your bike!

Mountain Bike Techniques

Climbing: The steeper the climb becomes, the more you want to shift your weight forward, mostly with your torso, to counteract gravity’s tendency to un-weight your front wheel. Shift before a major climb so that you do not grind your gears trying to shift in the middle of a steep pitch. Always keep your head up, look ahead and be prepared for switchback turns, obstacles or other riders. In loose or slippery conditions, try to stay seated when climbing, to maintain traction.

Descending: Relax!! Breathe deeply and your torso and arms will automatically loosen up. Keep your head up, and look at least 20+ feet down the trail. As the trail gets steeper, keep your weight back; find a balance point between your wheels so that your weight is evenly distributed, which ensures that both tires have enough traction. When braking, apply both brakes simultaneously in a smooth manner. If you just want to slightly slow down, try lightly applying your rear brake.

Corners: Slow down your bike before you enter the corner. You should be coasting through the turn, ensuring that your tires spin freely and have as much traction as possible. If you have to brake in a corner, lightly use your rear brake. Keep your eyes up and look through the corner, always towards where you want to go. Your pedals should be in the 12 o-clock and 6 o-clock positions, with the outside pedal in the lower position, (so that you do not strike your inside pedal on the ground) when you lean into the corner. Steer with your hips, pointing them in the direction of the corner. Stay loose.

Obstacles: When mountain biking, you can expect to deal with any number of obstacles, including logs, rocks and roots. Riding over these objects requires momentum. That means you can’t slow down too much, only enough to get through the trail safely. Try to approach an obstacle at a perpendicular angle, so that your tires are rolling straight over it. Remember that if it is wet, objects will likely be more slippery than you expect.

Mud: Some places are fortunate enough to avoid serious rainfall that results in muddy trails, but we are not. First of all, it should be noted that trails with long, muddy sections should not be ridden because it will damage the soil and scar the trail. However, during a race, you do not have much choice, and when you come upon a short muddy section during a ride, it is okay to give it a try. When you are riding in a muddy section, all of your actions should be more subtle. Accelerations and braking should be smooth and gradual and turns should be initiated through weight shifts rather than steering.

See ya out there!

Choosing a Bicycle

You couldn’t pick a better time to shop for a new bike. Today, there is a wider variety of models are offered than ever before. From comfortable cruisers to knobby tire mountain bikes; from pure bred road machines to tricked-out BMX, Cycle Solutions has the two wheel machine that’s perfect for you.

So many attractive choices can be overwhelming. Don’t despair, at Cycle Solutions, you’ll be able to ask questions, learn about different bike types, and even test a few. Just be sure to go in equipped with a little knowledge about yourself, the cycling you’d like to do and some basic information about bike models that have already caught your fancy. That way, you’ll be able to answer the questions from the shop’s staff and you’ll get a bike you really enjoy. To help, we recommend a little self analysis (therapist not required).

Answer These Questions

Consider how you’ll use the new bike and where you’ll pedal once you’ve had it for a while. Ask yourself a few questions to narrow your bicycle choices.

Are you:

  • A new cyclist?
  • Interested in improving or maintaining your fitness (medium to long rides)?
  • Interested in bicycle touring?
  • Training for an event?
  • An aspiring triathlete?
  • Thinking of commuting to work/around town?
  • Taking up off-road riding?
  • Joining a group of friends who bike?
  • An adrenaline junky looking for a bigger jump to hit?

Analyze Yourself

Consider how many times a week or month you want to ride. If you’re new to biking, think about your other sports experiences. Do you participate mostly for fun or are you competitive? Your tendencies can tip you off as to whether you’ll be satisfied with a basic model or whether you’ll need something a little better.

Where you live plays a major role in what type of bike to get. You’ll ride more if your new machine matches your riding opportunities. For example, if you’re surrounded by beautiful trails, an off-road bike might be a better choice than a pavement pounder. Of course if you also have great road rides in the area you might need two bikes!

Mind Your Budget

It helps to know about how much you want to spend because that’s a quick way to focus the selection process on the appropriate models.

Like most purchases it is best and cheapest to purchase the most appropriate model at the outset than to start out on a make-do bike and buy another later. Regardless of the type, as you spend more, bicycles get slightly lighter (easier to ride) and are equipped with more features and more efficient components.

While it’s always possible to upgrade parts down the road, bike components are much more affordable when they’re included as standard equipment on the new bike. So, it’s most economical to get what you want when you buy your new bike.

When calculating how much you’d like to spend on that new machine, remember that you may need some extras. Common purchases include helmets, locks, pumps, tool kits, cycling shorts and shoes. Include these costs into the bike-purchase budget.

Bike Types

Here’s a rundown of nine major bike types available today with descriptions of their intended use and common features.

Use these descriptions to determine which type is right for you. If you’re not sure, keep in mind that we offer test rides, which is an excellent way to see how types differ. You might also ask friends who ride if you can try their bikes. Ride both on and off road (on the appropriate models) to experience the difference.

BMX

Use 1: Riding at skate parks, performing stunts and tricks.
Use 2: Dirt-track racing, going fast off road for short distances.
Use 3: Carving local trails, jumping ramps in your friend’s back yard

Common Features: 20” wheels; a short frame height with long top-tube length; options for tricks – pegs; giro brake systems; high handlebars; single speed; rugged frame

Dirt Jumper

Use: Hitting jumps.

Common Features: Commonly single speed; strong front suspension fork with a small amount of travel; chain tensioner; bash-ring; disc brakes; tires with shallow lugs; rugged frame; strong wheels; top tube is down sloped to position the rider lower in relation to the bikes center of gravity.

Downhill

Use: Getting from the top of a mountain/hill to the bottom as fast as possible

Common Features: Dual suspension with a large amount of travel; very wide tires with deep lugs; disc brakes with larger rotors for increased heat dissipation; front suspension fork is commonly triple crowned for strength; rugged wheels; frame is very strong and heavy.

Freeride

Use: Freeride bikes allow you to get from the top of a mountain/hill to the bottom very fast but also with style (hitting the occasional jump when the opportunity presents itself).

Common Features: Very similar to downhill bikes with the following differences; Front suspension fork is single crowned (regular style suspension fork) for easier maneuverability; slightly smaller travel in the suspension.

Hybrid Bikes

Use: Hybrid bikes are designed for easy pedaling and the least amount of stress on the body. Hybrid bikes are perfect for leisurely town riding, cruising by the shore, vacation outings and any ride where comfort is more important than speed.

Common Features: Upright riding position; flat handlebars; wide, comfortable seats; flat-resistant tires; easy pedaling; low gearing for easy hill climbing; soft ride

Mountain Bikes

Use: Sometimes called All-Terrain Bikes (ATB) or Off-Road Bikes, these amazing vehicles could also be called Go-everywhere/Do-everything bikes. From cliff-like drop to shoe-drenching stream crossings, almost no obstacle can stop a skilled rider.

Common Features: Semi-upright riding position; flat or riser handlebars; high-traction, flat-resistant tires; low gearing; excellent braking; rugged frames, wheels and components; suspension for control and comfort on rough terrain.

Road Sport Bikes

Use: Built for use on pavement, these models have plenty of get-up-and-go and are perfect for centuries, touring, longer commutes, fitness riding and pledge rides.

Common Features: Efficient-pedaling lightweight frames and wheels; drop or flat handlebars; low gearing and excellent braking; narrow, high-pressure tires.

Road Racing Bikes

Use: The ultimate in efficiency, these zippy models offer incredible acceleration and handling, ultra-light (under 20-pound) weights; perfect for those who ride fast and hard on pavement

Common Features: The most efficient frames; lightweight materials throughout; excellent braking and shifting (the gearing is usually most suited to stronger cyclists); narrow, high-pressure tires; aero wheels.