Which bike is right for you?
We'll help you find that perfect bike you are looking for!
You couldn't pick a better time to shop for a new bike. Today, a vast variety of models are offered in a wide array of prices. From super-plush comfort bikes to knobby tire mountain bikes; from thoroughbred road machines to robust cruisers, our shop has two-wheelers perfect for just about everything.
So many attractive choices can be overwhelming. But, a large selection is a wonderful thing because it drastically increases the likelihood of finding the perfect bike. Plus, you'll be able to ask questions, learn about different bike types, even test a few. As a suggestion, come 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 a few questions from our staff and you'll get a bike you really enjoy. To help, we recommend a little self analysis (therapist not required).
Answer These Questions
Before visiting the our store, define yourself a bit. Consider how you'll use the new bike and where you'll pedal once you've had it for a while. And ask yourself a few questions to figure out what type of bike is right. Are you:
- A new cyclist?
- Into improving your fitness (medium to long rides)?
- Interested in touring?
- Training for an event?
- Getting into racing or triathlon?
- Thinking of commuting to work/around town?
- Taking up off-road riding?
- Joining a group of friends who bike?
Consider how many times a week or month you might ride. If you're new to biking, think about your other sports experiences. Did you participate mostly for fun or did you take it seriously? Your tendencies can tip you off as to whether you'll be satisfied with a basic model or whether you'll need something better that your enthusiasm won't outgrow.
Think about your tendencies in purchasing other things, too. For example, do you consistently demand the highest quality, or are you more apt to look for reasonable quality and lower cost? Do you dig high-tech gadgets or are you satisfied with simpler designs? If you're joining a cycling club, will you want a bike that outshines all the others? Or will any two-wheeler that does the job be just fine?
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 (assuming you don't also have great road rides, in which case, you might need two bikes!).
What Size Bike Is Right For You?
When selecting your next bike, customers often only take one aspect into consideration without realizing there are several other key components in making a proper bike selection. Bike sizing is generally based from your height, however the experts at Folsom Bike will evaluate individual body characteristics for a proper fit. Specific body distinctions such as torso, inseam and arm length will be considered.
Determining Your Bicycle Frame Size
|Height||Road Frame Size||Mtn/Hybrid Size|
|4'10" - 5'1"||46 - 48cm||13 - 15inch|
|5'0" - 5'3"||48 - 50cm||13 - 15inch|
|5'2" - 5'5"||50 - 52cm||15 - 17inch|
|5'4" - 5'7"||52 - 54cm||15 - 17inch|
|5'6" - 5'9"||54 - 56cm||17 - 19inch|
|5'8" - 5'11"||56 - 58cm||17 - 19inch|
|5'10" - 6'1"||58 - 60cm||19 - 21inch|
|6'0" - 6'3"||60 - 62cm||19 - 21inch|
|6'2" - 6'6"||62 - 64cm||21 inches and up|
|For more help on determining your bicycle frame size stop by our store and our professional staff will be happy to assist you.|
Mind Your Budget!
Additionally, 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 computers and other modern appliances, it's best (and cheapest) to purchase the most appropriate model at the outset than to gamble 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. Figure these costs into the bike-purchase budget, too.
If you need assistance with your budget we offer Trek Credit Card Financing to ensure you get that bike of your dreams. Qualifying purchases can be up to 12 months interest FREE!
Here's a rundown of the six 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 our store has an outstanding staff to help you and offers 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.
Comfort Use: Designed for easy pedaling and the least amount of stress on the body, comfort bikes are perfect for leisurely town riding, cruising to the beach, vacation outings and any ride where you're out more for fun than for speed.
Hybrid Use: A hybrid of the mountain bike and the road bike, these practical machines are ideal for city riding, commuting, touring and fitness riding.
Common Features: Upright riding position, adjustable handlebars (some models), comfortable seats, easy pedaling, soft ride, load-carrying capacity.
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-offs 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.
Use: The ultimate in performance, these models offer incredible acceleration and handling, ultralight (under 20-pound) weights and are perfect for those who ride fast and hard on pavement.
Common Features: The most efficient frames; lightweight materials throughout; excellent braking and shifting; narrow, high-pressure tires; aero wheels.
Use: These bikes are all about speed! whether you are competing in a 10K Time Trail or an Ironman, this bike will get you there with time to spare.
Common Features: They have aerodynamic characteristics, high pressure tires and aero wheels.
Use: Rolling on soft wide tires and equipped with wide comfortable seats, these models are great for leisurely spins to school, pedaling to the beach or just coasting around the neighborhood.
Common Features: Comfortable upright riding position; shock-absorbing fat tires; foot-friendly rubber pedals, spacious handlebars, usually feature from 1 to 7 speeds.
Why Shop With Us
Our highly knowledgeable and professional staff are here to answer all of your questions and make your bike shopping experience pleasurable. We strive to have superb customer service and make sure you ride out of our shop with a smile. WE SELL FUN!
Now that you know a little more about yourself and your bicycle choices, you're ready to hit the shop. The Folsom Bike Sales staff is eager to assist you in selecting that new two-wheeler. Give us a call or drop in soon!