BICYCLE BUYING GUIDE
There are many different bikes that can do the Red Ribbon Ride successfully. Finding the right bike for you is important, the right bike is the most comfortable bike for you. The bike you train on should be the bike you plan on doing the Ride on.
All bikes need to be in good working mechanical order to be on the Ride. Whether you are looking to buy a bike or ride the bike you already have you should consult with a mechanic at your local bike shop to ensure your bicycle is ready to ride. This is for your safety and the safety of others.
Whether you have a bike or are in the market for a bike we hope this information will help you in making your decision.
Road bicycles are traditionally lighter in weight with skinny tires and create an aerodynamic position. The drop handle bars create multiple positions for the rider to choose from which can be beneficial on longer rides. Road bikes are ideal for endurance events like the Red Ribbon Ride.
Road bikes typically cost anywhere from $600 and up depending on make, model and components (shifters, brakes, gears, wheels).
Hybrid bicycles are a cross between a road bike, touring bike and mountain bike. They offer comfort for those who prefer to be in an upright position or have back issues. They offer stability and comfort, are great for beginners or casual riders and can be ridden on multiple surfaces. Hybrid bikes tend to be heavier than road bikes but many people find that the stability and upright position are more comfortable for them. A good hybrid bike can cost anywhere from $400 and up.
A mountain bike is a bike used for off road cycling on trails, hills and mountains. While mountain bikes are for off road cycling you can make some modifications to make it more road friendly. Talk to your bike shop about slick tires and locking the shocks to help. A good mountain bike can cost anywhere from $500 and up.
Recumbent bicycles places the bicycle in a laid back reclining position. Most riders select a recumbent bicycle for ergonomic reasons as they distribute the weight evenly over a larger area. Recumbent bikes are excellent if you have back or knee problems. They come in a wide variety of styles and can be customized. Like any bicycle there is a learning curve so be sure to allow for training on your new bicycle and not just for mileage. A good recumbent bicycle can cost the same as a road bike and can depend on how customized you go.
A tandem bicycle is designed to be ridden by more than one rider. The term tandem refers to the seating arrangement, front to back, not side by side. Like a recumbent bicycle a tandem will take time to learn to ride. A good tandem bicycle can cost anywhere from $900 and up.
Fixed Gear Bikes
A fixed geared bike, or commonly known as a "fixie", is a bicycle that has a drivetrain with no freewheel mechanism. Fixed gear bikes are mostly used in track riding historically but have become increasingly popular among bike commuters and urban cyclists. Most bicycles incorporate a freewheel to allow the pedals to remain stationary while the bicycle is in motion, so that the rider can coast, i.e., ride without pedaling using forward momentum. A fixed-gear drivetrain has the drive sprocket (or cog) threaded or bolted directly to the hub of the back wheel, so that the rider cannot stop pedaling.
Fixed gear bikes can be used on the Red Ribbon Ride but require at least one brake be installed. You will need to be able to make a complete stop ceasing all forward motion and putting your foot on the ground. A good fixed gear bike can cost anywhere from $400 and up.