Buying a bike

We might be a little biased, but in our opinion a bike is the best way to get around New York. If you're thinking about making the leap but you're not quite sure yet, read on to find out what you should consider when purchasing a new bike.

A green single speed bike sitting under the shade of a tree in Ridgewood.

Used or new?

It's up to you. We replace many parts on our refurbished bikes and if you're a serious rider you can get a lot of bike for your buck when buying refurbished. However, while refurbished bikes are often great value, they have been ridden to varying degrees before they make it to the shop, which sometimes means more esoteric combinations of parts or older standards that may be more difficult to modify or repair than the modern bikes that we sell. When it comes down to it, the best bike to buy is one that feels comfortable. We recommend trying at least 3 bikes before buying one and choosing the one that you feel the most confident on. After all, if you don't want to get on it and ride, what's the point?

Clay giving the thumbs up with our rental fleet behind him.

Try before you buy

If you'd like to test your commute or run your errands by bike before buying one, stop by the shop and rent a bike for the day. If you decide to get a bicycle of your own, we'll apply the $30 day rental fee towards any bike in the shop. 

Closeup of an orange and blue Colnago custom build.

A custom build

Whether you know exactly what you want down to the bottom bracket, you have a vision in your head of what your bike will look like, or you just want a bike that will function and ride in a certain way, we can help you design a custom bicycle from the frame up. Custom builds usually take around 2 weeks to one month. Come by or email us with ideas or questions.