Street Bike Parts and Tips For Choosing a New Cycle

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:

  1. They’re usually lighter in weight.
  2. 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.
  3. They accommodate any level of riding experience, from beginner to veteran.

 

Enough of the basics; here’s how to choose a great street bike.

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

6 Checks to Perform Before Visiting Local Bicycle Repair Shops

With spring well on its way, cyclists across the country will be visiting their local bicycle repair shops to get their bikes in shape for the riding season.  Why not bring yours to Alamo Bike Shop here in San Antonio soon?  We’ll be happy to give it a complete inspection and tune-up.

Before you come in, though, here’s a series of six quick tests you can use to find out about any potential problems before they become serious.

  1. Pick your bike up about 4-5 inches above the ground, and then let it drop straight down on its wheels.  Listen for any rattles, creaks, popping noises, etc.; these could be signs of loose or damaged parts.
  2. Engage the brakes and let them go.  They should snap back into place immediately.  If they don’t, be sure to get them checked out before your next ride.
  3. Give the tires a close look-see.  Check for any tears, rips, or cuts.  Make sure they’re inflated to the recommended pressure and stay that way.
  4. Spin the wheels.  You should notice no wobbling, squeaking, or contact with the brake pads.
  5. Check the wheel’s quick release levers (they allow the wheels to be removed without using tools).  Make sure the levers are tight and functioning properly.
  6. Check the headset.  This is the tube that connects the frame and the front wheel forks.  Over time it can come loose.  Check for this by applying the front brakes while gently tilting the bike, so that the rear wheel raises up and goes back down to the ground.  If you hear any clicking, you may have headset problems.

Be sure to mention any problems you notice to the experts on our team here at Alamo Bike Shop.  Whether you live in the San Antonio area or will be visiting us in the future, drop by and see us!  We offer a full range of services for your cycling needs: rentals, secondhand bikes, tours of downtown, and repairs.