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The Wheelworks Buyer’s Guide

Welcome to the Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

Need help finding the perfect gear? Not sure which bike is right for you? With the wide selection of gear, accessories, and bikes at Wheelworks, you're likely wondering where to begin. We’ve put together this guide to help you easily find the bike and products to best fit your riding goals. Before you get started, it’s important to know where you’ll be riding. Some bikes are made for pavement, some are made for trails, and some are made to handle both. Below you will find brief descriptions of the different types of bicycles we carry.

Hybrid & City Bikes

Getting around the city is more fun with the right bike. Whether your goal is to get fit or get to work, these bikes are built to make that ride more enjoyable. Using a combination of road bike speed and mountain bike sturdiness, these bikes are built to take whatever the city gives them. Serene park paths or crowded city streets, these bikes will do the job.

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Hybrid / Fitness

For the casual rider, hybrid bikes provide a comfortable upright position and robust tires to make any bike path a joy to ride and any errand a breeze.

Urban / Commuter

Riding a bicycle in the city is a great way to get to work, run errands, and more. These bikes are built for comfort and speed.

Comfort

Comfort bikes are built for one purpose: to have the most fun possible. Wide seats and upright riding position ensure that your rides are relaxing. Large, wide tires ensure a smooth ride. These bikes are perfect for casual rides or cruising around the neighborhood. Wherever you ride, ride with comfort.

Folding Bikes

What is it about folding bikes that sparked your interest? Was it the ability to take it on public transit or on the plane with you? Easy storage options in your apartment? Are you already picturing yourself pedaling home from the grocery store with ease? 

Cargo Bikes

We proudly offer cargo and electric cargo bikes from the top brands in the industry, including Yuba and Tern. We also have a fantastic selection of Tern accessories to help you outfit your cargo bike.

Road Bikes 

Road bicycles are designed to be light, fast, and easy to maneuver.  They are equipped with handlebars that drop down and back to give the  rider multiple body positions, from comfortably upright to aggressively forward. Some road bikes are intended for use on paved tarmac only, while others can handle dirt roads or paths too.

Sport

The most popular bicycle seen flying down the road, either on a path or in a race, is the sport road bike. Great for competition or fast fitness riding.

Endurance

Endurance bikes are built for speed and efficiency on any road. They’re lightweight and give you more comfort than a traditional road bike on long distance or all day adventures.

Gravel

Wide tires and disc brakes mean that these bikes can handle just about anything that comes your way while you just concentrate on having fun.

Touring

For those seeking adventure, touring bikes are built to take you, and your gear, wherever the journey leads you. Down highways or into the woods, these bikes will get you - and your stuff - there.

Cyclocross

A combination of road and mountain bikes, cyclocross bikes are built to  handle whatever the course throws at you. Mud, grass, gravel - get dirty and have a blast on two wheels.

Triathlon

Used in triathlons and time trials, these bikes allow you to reach maximum speed in shorter distances. They use a fully integrated aerodynamic geometry.

Mountain Bikes

Designed to handle anything, they are useful for conquering mountain trails, dirt roads, and even snow-covered paths.  You'll find them in various wheel sizes from the original standard 26-inch to the emerging 29-inch. These bikes are designed to have traction in a range of conditions. Mountain bikes come with front suspension or full suspension (front and rear).

Front Suspension

Also known as hardtail mountain bikes, these bikes are lightweight and easy to maintain. The front suspension minimizes the impact that you feel in your hands and upper body.

Full Suspension

Full suspension mountain bikes allow you to tackle rough trails by absorbing more impact in the front and rear. They also are equipped to  handle more technical terrain than hardtails.

Electric Bikes 

There is nothing more fun than riding an electric assist bike. Test ride one and you'll quickly find out why this is one of the fastest growing categories in cycling. Ebikes are great for riders who want to get to where they're going with less effort or just a fun way to get around town. From casual comfort bikes to full trail capable mountain bikes, you are sure to find the ebike that fits your riding style.

Hybrid

Are you a casual rider who wants to keep up with a more avid rider? Want to add a few more miles onto your normal ride? Ebikes are a great option for the casual rider wanting a little more out of each ride.

Road

Eat up mile after mile of pavement on your electric road bike. You can power up every hill at top speed, and keep cruising as long as you wish. 

Mountain

An electric mountain bike is a powerful, all-terrain vehicle that can expand your riding range considerably, and help you get more riding done if you're pushed for time. Only got a couple of hours to spare? An electric mountain bike will let you speed up the climbs, so you can enjoy more of the downs.

Kids’ Bikes

Bicycles are a classic part of growing up. Learning how to ride a bike without training wheels is a childhood milestone. We have bikes for kids of all ages. From balance bikes for toddlers to kid-sized mountain bikes, we have what your child needs to be introduced to the joys of  cycling.  We want to ensure that your child loves his or her new bike.  Come talk to our friendly staff to make sure you get the right fit for your child.

Balance Bikes: Up to 2 Years Old

Balance bikes have become popular in recent years as savvy parents have recognized that balance, rather than pedaling, is the most essential component of riding a bike. They allow small children to push the bike with their feet, allowing them to learn how to balance faster.

12" -  16" Bikes: 2-5 Years Old

12" - 16" wheel bikes are designed for riders two years old to five years old. These bikes come with back pedal coaster brakes, training wheels, and a few other add-on features.

20" - 26" Bikes: 5-12 Years Old

20" & 24" wheel bikes are the perfect size bikes for kids transitioning off training wheels. With features like hand brakes and gears, these bikes allow children to develop more proficient bike handling skills.

Tandem Bikes

We treat tandems as their own category because they’re very different than single-rider bikes. Riding a tandem allows two riders of different abilities to ride together - not by limiting the stronger rider, but by using coordination and communication to erase limitations.

Hybrid

Grab a friend and conquer everything from pavement to dirt trails!

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Road

Team up and hit the pavement, your tandem road bike is ready to roll.  

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