Reviews of Products: Bikes & Frames
Manufacturer Profiles (company philosophy, engineering & manufacturing techniques):
Cervelo Cycles - Toronto, ON, Canada/Switzerland. Manufacturing: Asia & USA
Ellsworth Bicycles - Ramona, CA. Some Manufacturing: Asia
Felt Bicycles - Irvine, CA. Manufacturing: Asia
Guru Bicycles – Laval, QC, Canada
Independent Fabrication - New Market, NH
Parlee Cycles - Beverly, MA. Some Manufacturing: Asia
Serotta Cycles - Saratoga Springs, NY
Seven Cycles - Watertown, MA
Trek Bicycles – Waterloo, WI. Manufacturing: Wisconsin and Asia
Waterford/Gunnar Bicycles - Waterford, WI
|Back in the early '90's a company called "Fat Feather" had a slogan, "Friends Don't Let Friends Ride Junk." To us, that pretty much sums up our job as a dealer. While many dealers focus on carrying what has the most demand and then letting the customer decide whose marketing works best. We see representing products this way as doing you a disservice. It is our responsibility to know what is on the market, what the pros and cons of each are, and to only select and offer the very best products within each category, price point and brand to carry and recommend.|
|Our selection process all starts by offering class leading brands; we are proud to offer brands that are innovators. It also means not just buying into and regurgitating a manufacturer's marketing, but actually scrutinizing, testing and reviewing the products we carry before offering them to you. Finally, it means providing information so that you can understand the value we see in the products we carry.|
|Buying a new bike can be a big decision, and there is no reason to guess as to what will work for you. Only if we have helped you make an informed decision that meets your individual needs, have we done our job. With this in mind, we hope that you find the information on these pages helpful and we encourage you to email or call us if you have questions or would like any additional information.|
Here is what you will find within this section to help you find the right bike:
- Articles on how to choose the right type and model of bike for your riding.
- Detailed discussions on the variables to think about when choosing a new bike and their relative importance to overall performance, comfort and satisfaction.
- Information on materials and engineering used in bikes and frames. Not all materials are created equal…
- Overviews of manufacturers and how and why they build bikes the way that they do.
How to Choose a New Bike:
- How a Professional Bike Fitting can help you find the right bike and products.
- Test riding pitfalls and how to buy the right bike the first time.
- How to buy a bike with confidence. A rider first approach to bike buying.
- Beyond fit, how we can help you find the bikes that will handle and ride the way you want
- Choosing a New Bike – A Step-by-Step Guide.
- Road Bike or Tri Bike. Which is for me? The basics.
- Road Bike vs. Tri Bike for Triathletes – A Comparison
- Frame vs. Components – Where to Prioritize
Product Based Energy Consumption Variables:
Riding fast and comfortable is all about economy of motion and energy transfer. From frame flex and stability, to riding position and aerodynamics, a number of variables influence your end performance and comfort on a bike. Click on the following to learn more about what these variables are, how they relate to the big picture of energy consumption, and how to use them when selecting a new bike or frame for your needs.
- Energy/Power Consumption Overview
- Rider Aerodynamics (Fit & Positioning)
- Aerodynamics of the Bicycle
- Stiffness and Compliance (material application and design)
- Rolling Resistance
- Weight of Bicycle
- Frame Geometry and Handling
Materials and Engineering:
- The Myth of Materials – Does Your Bike's Material Matter?
- Titanium vs. Carbon. Which is best?
- Carbon, part 1. Bladder Mold vs. Lugged Construction.
- Carbon, part 2. Carbon Quality – Not All Carbon is Created Equal.
- Carbon, part 3. Who Really Built Your Bike?
Associated Tech Articles on Bikes and Frames:
- Press Fit Bottom Brackets
- New Bike Feels Slower, But is Faster. Why?
- Clydesdale Considerations – unique needs for bigger riders
- Is the Giant TCR a good bike?
- In Defense of the Custom Tri Bike
- How Seatpost Setback Affects Seat Angle
- Fork Upgrade Consideratons