How to Choose a Bike from The League of American Cyclists 

There is no best bicycle – it depends entirely on what you intend to do with it. We take the responsibility of finding the right bike for your needs and physical conditions very seriously. Our reputation depends on your enjoyment, and our policies are in place to retain your loyalty for life. Minimal cash flow? We now offer interest-free financing for six months.

Things you should ask yourself:

  1. What are your primary interests: fitness, commuting, adventure, family fun? Consider also what your friends and family are riding, and what they enjoy.
  2. .Consider your riding style and body type. The more aggressive and/or bigger you are, the more durable your bicycle components need to be.
  3. Consider your budget, with the following in mind:
    • Include space in your budget for the essential accessories you’ll need. A helmet, water bottle, and flat tire repair kit are not trivial add-ons.
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    • How long do you want this bike to last?
    • How hard are you on your stuff? Money spent on better components now is cheaper than buying upgrades later.

Things to know about bicycles:

  1. Modern bicycles are highly specialized for different types of riding.
  2. How many different sized shoes fit your feet? That’s about how many different sized bicycles might fit you. Never compromise the fit of the bicycle for anything. Ever. You can change a lot of things about a bicycle, but you can never change its size. 
  3. A quality bicycle will perform better in both the short-term and over the long haul. Then again, some people buy a cheap car and splurge on expensive jeans. Your own needs will dictate what level of quality is best for you.

Pricing Guidelines:

  • Don’t blow your entire riding budget on the bicycle – there are essential accessories you’ll need to keep you happily riding for the long-term.
    Expect to spend $100 – $200 for accessories if you’re starting from scratch.
  • Better parts do matter: they last longer, are machined more precisely, and are lighter. If you’ll be riding often (fitness or regular commuting), attacking a lot of hills, or are a heavier rider, you’ll need a higher quality drivetrain and wheelset.


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