How to Choose a Bicycle

Whether your bike is new or old, its gears, chain, brakes and tires must be in good working order.

Your bike should be sized to fit your body proportions and should match your style of riding, your skill level and where you plan to ride. Here's a bike sizing guide that can help you find the right size bike. Bike manufacturers also typically have sizing charts that can help you pick the right size bike. We also recommend visiting a local bike shop to pick out your bike. The experts there can help you decide what bike is best for your needs. 

If you are worried about theft, its a good idea to purchase a bike with a low resell value. It's also helpful to get a bike with bolted seatpost clamp and wheels with nuts or secure skewers instead of a quick-release clamp to discourage theft. 

The equipment you need depends on the type of riding you plan to do, but a helmet and a strong lock are essential.

If you want to buy a new bicycle, accessories or need to repair / tune up your existing bike, Bicycle Express with professional mechanics, friendly staff and student prices is the bike shop to visit around campus. They are located on East William St. (one block south of campus) between 3rd and 4th streets.