Here at Alamo Bike Shop, we stock components for all types of bicycles, including mountain, comfort, and street bike parts. Street bikes are an increasingly popular option for getting around urban areas. If you’re considering buying one, here are some basic tips to keep in mind.
Street Bikes 101
Street bikes, also known as “urban” or “road” bikes, are designed specifically for riding on pavement. They stand apart from mountain and comfort bikes in the following ways:
- They’re usually lighter in weight.
- They’re ideal for virtually any kind of finished-surface cycling, whether for fitness, commuting, long-distance or touring. They also make great racing bikes.
- They accommodate any level of riding experience, from beginner to veteran.
Enough of the basics; here’s how to choose a great street bike.
- Choose the right size. This is perhaps the single most important factor in selecting the correct street bike for your needs. A poorly fitting frame can make your ride uncomfortable or even painful. Knowledgeable staff at your local bike shop should be able to help you determine the best fit for you.
- Know whether you want a drop-bar or flat-bar design. The choice comes down to aerodynamics vs. comfort. With a drop-bar bike you’ll be riding while bent at the waist, which reduces your air resistance. However, it can also cause back, neck, and hand pain. A flat-bar permits the rider to sit up higher. This is not only more comfortable, it can also be safer, as it allows riders to better see obstacles and other hazards.
- Shop carefully. As with other kinds of bikes, street cycles vary widely in terms of quality. Read reviews, learn about the different brands, and make sure you’re happy with the model you ultimately get. After all, you work hard for your money, so make sure you get a bike that’s worth its price tag.
One way to be sure that you get a great deal is to buy your next bicycle from Alamo Bike Shop. Come visit our store to browse our great selection of cycles. If you already have your perfect cycle, feel free to bring it by for repairs or street bike parts. We’ll see you soon!