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Choosing Bike Equipment

EVERYDAY BIKING TIPS by Galen Mook

Galen Mook works in Landry's marketing department. He is a year-round bike commuter, experienced cycling instructor, and community advocate for better bicycling.


"A properly sized bike will allow you to travel farther, faster, and more efficiently."


You’re going to want to ride a bike that is the proper size and style to suit your needs. Your bike is no good if your knees hit your chin with every pedal stroke. A properly sized bike will allow you to travel farther, faster, and more efficiently. Make sure your legs get near full-extension while pedaling, your arms stretch comfortably to the handlebars, and your bike is comfortable to mount and dismount.


Lot of bicycles to choose from

There are several types of bikes built for various terrains and usage: Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Hybrid Bikes, Folding Bikes, Recumbents, Cargo Bikes, and more. If you’re riding mostly on pavement, you’ll want to stick with thin or medium width, smooth tires -- features of a road or hybrid bike. Your daily/commuter bike should be able to handle potholes and wet weather — so consider fenders to protect you from splashing, a rack or basket for carrying capacity, and other items to make your ride safer and more enjoyable. If you plan to ride year-round, make sure your tires can handle the slush and ice, and understand that you may modify your bike to suit different riding styles depending on the season.


Biking essentials

Beyond the bike, you’ll certainly want a few key accessories:

  • Lights for riding at night – white in front and red in rear

  • A sturdy steel lock that can’t be cut with bolt cutters

  • And, of course, a comfortable helmet that you’ll want to wear everyday

We’ve compiled a quick list of some essential cycling gear on our website.


Basic bike maintenance

Demystify the machine by learning how your bike works so you can perform basic maintenance and ensure that you’re riding safe and smooth out there. The easiest way to make sure your bike is in OK condition is to keep track of the ABC Quick Check:

  • "A" stands for Air:  your bike's tires need to be inflated to the proper pressure.

  • "B" is for Brakes:  your brakes need to be tight enough to stop you in the event of an emergency.

  • "C" stands for Chain:  your chain needs to be clean and well lubricated.

  • "Quick" is for Quick Releases:  make sure all the quick releases are securely fastened on your bike, including both wheels.

  • "Check":  perform a 10-second check every time before you ride that consists of checking your tires, brakes, chain, and spinning the wheels to make sure they spin freely, there’s no rubbing or anything caught, and all accessories are mounted securely.

For additional tips and pointers, including some how-to videos, check out Landry's Tech Tips.

Commuter bikes at Landry's

Browse through Landry's selection of great-quality commuter and hybrid bikes, then visit Landry's local store for more assistance in choosing the right bike for you.

Trek Zektor i3
Trek Zektor i3 - 2017
$999.99
  Specialized Turbo Levo HT Comp Fat
Specialized Turbo Levo HT Comp Fat - 2017
$5,000.00
  Trek DS 2
Trek DS 2 - 2017
$600.00
Specialized Sirrus Elite
Specialized Sirrus Elite - 2017
$920.00
  Specialized Roll Sport Low Entry
Specialized Roll Sport Low Entry - 2017
$500.00
  Trek FX S 5
Trek FX S 5 - 2017
$1,700.00
Specialized Sirrus Sport
Specialized Sirrus Sport - 2016
$470.00 - $560.00
$560.00
  Specialized Vita Comp Carbon - Women's
Specialized Vita Comp Carbon - Women's - 2017
$1,500.00
  Specialized AWOL Comp
Specialized AWOL Comp - 2017
$2,100.00

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