All of our bikes are a pleasure to ride, simple and durable, and all come with our standard, 90-day warranty. Keith Bontrager, designer of many bicycles and components coined the rule, "Strong, light, cheap: pick two." Bicycle quality and riding characteristics involve the trade-offs which I have tried to break down a little further below. Note how many times these comparisons use the term "slight: or "slightly." All of our bikes should make you feel like you are flying, but the subtle differences are worth considering and comparing. We offer a 10-point rating scale to help you decide what genre of bike is the best fit for your needs and interests. If you come into the shop for a test ride, you will see these differences for yourself.

Riding position: speed vs. comfort. Low, dropped racing handlebars are more aerodynamic, allowing greater speed. But most riders find the upright position more immediately comfortable for the first 25 miles or so. There is, therefore, a trade-off between comfort and speed. Dropped handlebars begin gaining the advantage for rides longer than 25 miles, since they offer a greater number of hand positions.

Liveliness: speed vs. stability.  Lighter wheels and narrower, smoother tires are faster because they produce less rolling resistance, while wider ones are more stable because they are less affected by bumps in the road. knobby tires are necessary only for riding on loose dirt, gravel or snow. Mechanical friction differences between bikes are almost undetectable, although bikes with external (derailleur) gearing systems do lose A LOT of mechanical efficiency if allowed to collect dirt and grime.

Versatility:  the lightest, fastest bikes are stripped down to the barest essentials, while bikes that can accommodate fenders are more pleasant to ride in wet weather and racks permit carrying luggage, be it camping gear, groceries or a briefcase. 

Climbing is an estimate of the steepest hill the rider can comfortably climb. It is mostly affected by the low gear ratios available and slightly by the overall weight of the bike. 

Maintenance interval is mostly a function of drive train (chain, gears and gear shift mechanisms) vulnerability to dirt, grit and grime. The more that moving parts are exposed to whatever the tires are throwing up, the more grit the parts will accumulate, causing them to drag more and wear out sooner.

There are five ways to minimize the damage from grit to your drive train:

1. reduce the number of gears to the minimum (fixed gear/single speed)

2. enclose the multiple gears (internal gear hubs)

3. keep some grit away from the bike with fenders,

4. only ride on dry days on clean roads, or

5. clean exposed parts frequently and fastidioulsy.

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Hybrid Bikes

Hybrid (16-27 Speed Derailleur)  

$199-$499

These versatile bikes excel for comfort and climbing.

Frame: Aluminum or chromoly frame

Cranks: Alloy cotterless crank arms, 2-3 fixed steel or alloy chainrings

Rear Gears Shimano 8-speed with friction thumb shift lever
Wheels & Tires: Alloy rims and black tires (700c × 32-38 mm)

Brakes: Alloy cantilever or V-brake calipers with mountain hand levers
Contact points: Flat handlebars with black rubber grips & touring saddle

Weight: 26-30 lbs (53 cm)

Tune-up/cleaning every: 2-4 months (longer with fenders)

Road bikes

Sport (16-27 Speed Derailleur) 

$399-$699

These fast, light bikes excel at speed and liveliness. Great for keeping up with hard-core riders!

Frame: Chromoly butted tubing main frame, chromoly forks and stays
Cranks: Alloy cotterless, customer choice of 2 alloy chainrings

Rear Gears: Shimano 8- or 9-speed with friction bar-end shift levers
Wheels & Tires: Alloy rims and high thread count tires (700c × 25 or 28 mm) 
Contact points: Alloy drop handlebars with black rubber bar wrap & black racing saddle
Weight: 19-22 lbs (53 cm)

Tune-up/cleaning every: 1-2 months

Tour (16-27 Speed Derailleur) 

$399-$599

These load-worthy, comfortable bikes excel in nearly every way. A must for long, multiple-day high-mileage rides.

Comfort-7-10

Liveliness-7

Versatility-10

Climbing-10

Frame: Chromoly or Aluminum main frame

Cranks: Alloy cotterless, customer choice of 2-3 alloy chainrings

Rear Gears: Shimano 8- or 9-speed with customer choice of down tube, bar end, or brifter shift levers
Wheels & Tires: Alloy rims, stainless steel spokes and customer choice tires (700c × 25-32 mm) 
Contact points: Customer choice: Trekking or drop handlebars with black rubber bar wrap & black touring saddle

Accessories: Alloy rear rack, headlight and taillight

Weight: 23-25 lbs (53 cm)

Tune-up/cleaning every: 2-4 months (fenders help)

  

Commuting/Urban Bikes

City (3 Speed Internal)  

$249-$299

The ultimate urban ally, these super reliable bikes work day-in, day-out in all weather with minimal maintenance.  We set them up with fenders and chain guard to keep your clothes cleaner when riding.

Comfort-10

Liveliness-4

Versatility-8

Climbing-3

Frame: Steel frame and fork

Cranks: Steel cottered crank arms, steel 46 tooth chainring

Gears: Sturmey-Archer 3 speed internal gear hub with indexed thumbshifter
Wheels & Tires: Alloy rims, stainless steel spokes, and black tires (650 × 35 mm) 
Brakes: Alloy or steel sidepull calipers with mountain hand levers

Contact points: All-rounder handlebars with black rubber grips & black touring saddle

Accessories: Steel fenders, headlight and taillight
Weight: 28-32 lbs (53 cm)

Tune-up/cleaning every: 12 months

Metro 5 (5 Speed Internal)  

Same advantages as the 3-speed, but with a wide enough range to gears to ride anywhere you could go on a derailleur hybrid (well, technically James can only vouch for this type of bike for 200 hilly miles, because that is the farthest he has ridden one in one day...)

$539 (new)

Comfort-10

Liveliness-5

Versatility-8

Climbing-5

Frame: Classic Dutch inspired steel frame with chromoly main-triangle

Cranks: Alloy cotterless crank arms, customer choice of chainring

Gears: Sturmey-Archer RX-RF-5 speed internal gear hub with indexed grip shifter
Wheels & Tires: Double wall alloy rims with stainless steel spokes and black tires (700C × 35 mm)
Brakes: Alloy dual-pivot calipers with mountain hand levers

Contact points: Alloy, 610mm wide x 66mm rise city bar, leather grips & coil spring saddle

Accessories: Steel fenders, headlight and taillight
Weight: 28-32 lbs (53 cm)

Tune-up/cleaning every: 12 months

Fixed Gear and Single-Speed Bikes

Boulevard (Single Speed)

See the rants elsewhere on this site about fixed gears...

$249-$299

Comfort-6

Liveliness-5

Versatility-2

Climbing-2

Frame: Steel frame and fork

Cranks: Alloy cotterless crank arms, steel 44 tooth chainring

Gears: Single speed freewheel and/or fixed (with flip-flop hub) 
Wheels & Tires: Alloy rims, stainless steel spokes and customer choice tires (700c × 25-32 mm)

Brakes: Alloy sidepull calipers with mountain hand levers
Contact points: Flat handlebar with black rubber bar wrap & black racing saddle
Weight: 25-28 lbs (53 cm)

Tune-up/cleaning every: 12 months

Avenue (Single Speed Pro)  

$399-$499

Comfort-7

Liveliness-7

Versatility-1

Climbing-3

Frame: Chromoly frame and fork

Cranks: Alloy cotterless crank arms, customer choice of alloy chainrings

Gears: Single speed freewheel and/or fixed (with flip-flop hub) 
Wheels & Tires: Alloy rims, stainless steel spokes and customer choice of tires (700c × 23-28 mm) 
Brakes: Alloy sidepull calipers with alloy hand levers

Contact points: Customer choice handlebar with black rubber bar wrap & black racing saddle
Weight: 22-26 lbs (53 cm)

Tune-up/cleaning every: 12 months

Mountain Bikes (21/24/27 Speed Derailleur)

Built to master dirt trails and any obstacle, these bikes are all about ruggedness and versatility.

$199-$399

Comfort-7

Liveliness-4

Versatility-8

Climbing-8

Frame: Aluminum or chromoly frame

Cranks: Alloy cotterless crank arms, 2-3 fixed steel or alloy chainrings

Rear Gears: Shimano 8-speed with friction thumb shift lever
Wheels & Tires: Alloy rims and black tires (26 inch × 1.75-2.5 inches)

Brakes: Alloy cantilever or V-brake calipers with mountain hand levers
Contact points: Flat handlebars with black rubber grips & touring saddle

Weight: 26-30 lbs (53 cm)

Tune-up/cleaning every: 1-2 months (after every ride in muddy conditions...)

Upvalued Bikes

As reliable and comfortable as their more expensive counterparts, at the cost of greater weight and slightly lower performance.

Neighborhood (1 Speed)

$80

Comfort-10

Liveliness-1

Versatility-5

Climbing-1

Frame: Steel frame and fork

Cranks: Steel one-piece crank arms, steel chainring(s)

Gears: 1 speed with coaster brake
Wheels & Tires: Alloy front rims with hand brake and black tires (26 inch × 32-38 mm) 
Contact points: All-rounder handlebars with black rubber grips & black touring saddle

Weight: 30-35 lbs (53 cm)

Tune-up/cleaning every: 12 months

Errand (3 Speed)

$120

Comfort-10

Liveliness-2

Versatility-4

Climbing-2

Frame: Steel frame and fork

Cranks: Steel one-piece crank arms, steel chainring(s)

Gears: Shimano 3 speed internal gear hub with indexed thumbshifter
Wheels & Tires: Alloy front rim and black tires (650 × 35 mm) 
Contact points: All-rounder handlebars with black rubber grips & black touring saddle

Tune-up/cleaning every: 12 months

Weight: 30-35 lbs (53 cm)

Rec (Derailleur)

$130

Comfort-5

Liveliness-2

Versatility-4

Climbing-4

Frame: Steel frame and fork

Cranks: Steel one-piece crank arms, steel chainring(s)

Gears: 5-14 speed with friction thumb shifts
Wheels & Tires: Upvalued with alloy rims and street tires (26 inch × 32-38 mm) 
Contact points: Flat handlebars with black rubber grips & black touring saddle

Tune-up/cleaning every: 2 months

Weight: 30-35 lbs (53 cm)

Labor charges:

We never charge to swap tires or install to install kickstands, bottle cages or simple lights you buy from us. We charge $5 to install toe clips and bar ends and $15 to install new rack or fenders purchased with the bike.

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will be closed November 28-29 

We will be open for

Small Business Saturday

 November 30.

GUARANTEED TO LAST!

All of our bikes come with an extended one year warranty. Really, it should be even longer, because when we refurbish them, we aim for perfection. Although this is a brand-new policy, it applies to any bike sold in 2018 as well! Check the Shop Policies page for warranty details and the Gallery page for examples of our gorgeous refurbished bikes. We have lots of brand-new looking bikes, and powder-coated frames waiting for custom builds, all with Upcycles reliability and durability at big box store prices.

We offer the same one-year warranty on overhauls, and on any complete system (e.g., the brake system: brake levers, calipers, cable, housing, and shoes) that we rebuild or refurbish.