NEW RIDER AND FEELING OVERWHELMED? LET US HELP

We know that getting into cycling can be exciting but often it is difficult to find the information you need to get started and transition from a casual to a serious rider.  Have no fear! At Amdur Bicycles, we don't judge you based on your riding knowledge or ability. We all start somewhere and below is your handy guide to getting started in the high-end bicycle world. Give us a call if you still have any questions, we are always happy to chat.

WHICH BICYCLE TYPE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

  • Road Bike

    What it is:  

    • Built for speed and efficiency 

    • Narrow tires for swift movement on paved surfaces

    • Typically the lightest type of bike

    • "Drop" handlebar for added aerodynamics  

    Sub-types: 

    •  Aero: With wing-shape frame tubes and wheels, these bikes reduce drag to a bare minimum. Intended for racing or time-trialing, they often feature more aggressive rider positions; the emphasis is speed over rider comfort.

    • Ultralight: Made for long climbs, these bikes strip weight by using the lightest materials, but may not be as good for all-around use.

    • Endurance: The right pick for most riders, these models feature a more upright rider position for comfort, slightly wider tires and gearing ranges and, sometimes, vibration-absorbing technologies in the frame and/or fork.

  • Mountain Bike

    What it is: 

    • Built for riding dirt trails and jumping over logs, rocks and other harsh terrains

    • Wide, flat handlebars for control 

    • Two-inch or wider knobby tread tires for optimal traction in any riding condition 

    • Wide range drivetrains for steep climbs and descents 

    • Often come with hydraulic disc brakes for optimal stopping power in wet weather  

    • Wheels are typically either 27.5-inch diameter (650b) or 29-inch (29er)

    Sub-types:

    • Hardtail: Have only front suspension forks on a rigid frame.

    • XC Full-Suspension: Features both front and rear suspension with a shorter-travel (110mm or less) rear suspension designed to prioritize low bike weight and efficiency under power, especially on climbs.

    • Trail Full-Suspension: Mid-travel (120-150mm) suspension that balances climbing efficiency and descending abilities. Tires get wider, with larger brake rotors for stopping power. 

    • Enduro/Gravity Full-Suspension: With 160mm or more of rear-wheel travel, powerful brakes, and aggressive tire treads, these bikes are intended for maximum control when descending, especially on steep, technical terrain.

  • Gravel / Cyclocross

    Carbon fiber actually isn't a metal. It is a fabric that is mixed with resin which allows the material to be shaped and joined. This creates a light and durable material that is excellent for frames that are resistant to corrosion. Because the manufacturing process is complex, these bicycles are costly. Carbon fiber has natural shock-absorbing qualities as well. 

  • Hybrid

    Carbon fiber actually isn't a metal. It is a fabric that is mixed with resin which allows the material to be shaped and joined. This creates a light and durable material that is excellent for frames that are resistant to corrosion. Because the manufacturing process is complex, these bicycles are costly. Carbon fiber has natural shock-absorbing qualities as well. 

Bicycle Frame Materials 

Aluminum 

Aluminum frames are strong, lighter than steel and don't rust. The material is lighter than carbon and titanium, but given its softness more is needed to achieve strength. This means that aluminum bikes tend to be heavier than the other two materials. 

Titanium 

Titanium is light but very strong. It is an expensive metal but its ability to flex gives the frame certain shock-absorbing qualities. 

Carbon

Carbon fiber actually isn't a metal. It is a fabric that is mixed with resin which allows the material to be shaped and joined. This creates a light and durable material that is excellent for frames that are resistant to corrosion. Because the manufacturing process is complex, these bicycles are costly. Carbon fiber has natural shock-absorbing qualities as well. 

What Size Frame Do I Need?

Mountain Bike Size Chart

Road Bike

Size Chart

Hybrid 

Size Chart

What Equipment Do I Need? 

Helmet

Finding the right helmet is extremely important. There is a lot to choose from but finding the right fit depends largely on what kind of cycling you plan on doing. Helmets range from aerodynamic road bike ones to durable mountain bike and stylish bike helmets. 

Pedals

Using cycling shoes involves three key parts: the pedals, the shoes, and the cleats. Shoes, pedals, and cleats are often sold separately but must be compatible with one another. 

Jersey

A proper cycling jersey combines comfort and performance. Jerseys should be light and breathable to help you stay dry on the ride. 

Shoes

Cycling shoes or cleats, allow riders to get maximize efficiency by enabling you to apply force to the entire pedal stroke. 

Gloves

Gloves allow you to maintain a safe grip on the handlebars at all times. They can have padding for comfort and help protect your hand during harsh contact points. 

Bottle

It's important to stay hydrated during rides. Having a properly fitting cycling bottle is a necessity for any rider. 

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