Choosing the right bike has become more diverse than ever, whether you're perusing your local bike shop or exploring online options. Deciding on how to choose the perfect bike for your needs can be a complex task, but fear not, as we are here to guide you through the process.


Let us lead you through the eight essential steps of purchasing the ideal bike, covering everything from defining your goals and setting a budget to selecting a shop, choosing components, determining the right size, and taking a test ride.


Read on for a comprehensive guide to buying a bike in eight steps, or use the links below to jump to the section that suits your requirements.


  1. What Kind of Bike Should I Buy? - Setting Your Goals

To start, articulate your objectives for the bike. Describing how you intend to use your new bike will help narrow down your options. Choose from a range of options such as road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, electric bikes, gravel bikes, city bikes, or singlespeed/fixie. Each type caters to specific purposes, so aligning your goals with the intended use will help you make a more informed choice.


Common objectives include commuting to work, road cycling with a group, or exploring single track trails during the weekend. Whether it's a hybrid bike for commuting or an electric bike for speed, matching your goals with the right bike type is key.


  1. How Much Should I Spend On A New Bike? – Setting Your Budget

Determine how much you're willing to spend on your bike. Quality bikes typically start around $700 for non-motorized options, but investing up to $1K is advisable for a capable bike with a durable frame and components. If your budget allows, consider spending around $1,000 for better quality and performance. While high quality mountain bikes will demand five-figure sums, a reasonable investment of $2,000 to $4,000 can secure a high-quality bike for committed cyclists.


  1. Where Should I Buy A Bike? - Choosing A Bike Shop

Selecting the right bike shop is crucial. Different shops cater to different needs, so choose one that aligns with your expertise level and preferences. Stores focusing on high-end road racing bikes may not be ideal for beginners. Look for a shop where staff understand your requirements, provide expert advice, and assemble the bike properly. Staff members should all be active in the biking community, and take pride in being honest with their customers when helping them to choose a bike. A good bike shop will also offer bike repairs, set up and servicing to get you on the road quickly and safely. Many also offer bikes through an online store if you know what make and model of bicycle you want. We offer all of these services and more in our three Comor locations.


  1. Should I Buy An Electric Bike? - Deciding If Electric Is Right For You

Decide on your intended use and riding terrain when considering to buy an ebike. Electric bikes come in various styles, from urban commuters to off-road mountain bikes, so choosing the right type that aligns with your needs is crucial. Evaluate the motor power output and battery capacity, ensuring they meet your expected range and terrain demands. Consider the weight and handling of the ebike, as electric components add to the overall weight. Additionally, consider the maintenance of the bike and the availability of the parts. You want to buy from a place that offers E-Bike maintenance and repairs as part of their bike servicing. Test ride different models to assess the quality, comfort and fit of the bike. B.C also offers an E-Bike Rebate up to $1.4K towards the purchase of your E-Bike to promote electric transport in the province.



  1. How Many Bike Gears Do I Need? - Choosing Your Gears

Figuring out the number of gears your bike should have depends on the terrain you'll be riding. While most modern bikes offer a variety of gear configurations, the key is ensuring the gear range suits your intended use. Derailleurs are common for gear systems, moving the chain between chainrings or the rear cassette. Alternatively, hub gears offer simplicity and weatherproofing, and single speed bikes provide straightforward urban transportation without gears.


Ensure your chosen bicycle has appropriate gearing for your riding plans, especially if you live in a hilly area. Familiarize yourself with gear systems and take the time to understand how they work.


  1. What Bike Brakes Are Best? - Choosing Your Brakes

Disc brakes have become dominant, offering consistent stopping power, especially in wet conditions, and improved control. Hydraulic disc brakes are found on more expensive bikes, providing better modulation then cable actuated disc brakes. Some road bikes may still have rim brakes ( or V-Brakes ), while cantilever brakes are a thing of the past. Consider the type of braking system based on your budget, ability and riding preferences.


  1. What Size Bike Do I Need? – Getting the Right Size

Selecting the right frame size is crucial for comfort and safety. Bike sizes are quoted in centimeters, inches, or T-shirt style (XS to XL). Visit a specialist shop to ensure you get the correct frame size, considering factors like stand-over height, saddle height, and reach to the handlebars. Larger frames may provide more space but can be ungainly, while smaller frames may feel cramped. Refer to the bike brand's size chart for precise measurements and compatibility with your height.


  1. Do I Need Suspension On My Bike? - The Suspension Question

Deciding whether your bike needs suspension is one of the major considerations that affect ride comfort and budget. Mountain bikes typically come equipped with shock-absorbing systems. Hardtail mountain bikes have front suspension, while full-suspension bikes have both front and rear suspension. Consider your off-road riding plans and budget when opting for suspension. Wider tires, and lower tire pressure can offer sufficient comfort without suspension for certain situations. If off-road riding is a priority, invest in a bike with appropriate suspension and travel.


  1. Can I Test Ride A New Bike? Taking a Test Ride Before Buying

Finally, test your potential bicycle purchase with a short spin around the block or parking lot to assess the fit and handling. Some bike shops offer demo days organized by various bike brands they supply. A proper ride on familiar roads or trails will provide valuable insights into the bike's compatibility with your preferences. Be prepared to leave a security deposit with the shop for the test ride. At Comor Sports we offer for customers to take a spin on their desired bikes before they make a purchase.


Taking the time to understand your goals, budget, and the intricacies of bike components will ensure a well-informed decision and a satisfying riding experience.

Mountain Bike Sizing

Mountain Bike Sizing

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Road Bike Sizing

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Specialized Bike Sizing