Bicycle Buyer’s Guide
Find The Perfect Bike For You
With more than 10,000 bikes in stock at Village Cycle Center, you're likely wondering where to begin your new bike search. We’ve put together this guide to help you find the bike that best fits your riding goals. Before you get started, it’s important to know where you’ll be riding. Some bikes are made for pavement, some are made for trails, and some are made to handle both. Below you will find brief descriptions of the different types of bicycles we carry.
Getting around the city is more fun with the right bike. Whether your goal is to get fit or get to work, these bikes are built to make that ride more enjoyable. Using a combination of road bike speed and mountain bike sturdiness, these bikes are built to take whatever the city gives them. Serene park paths or crowded city streets, these bikes will do the job.
Road bicycles are designed to be light, fast, and easy to maneuver. Their thin, slick tires create less friction with the road allowing a trained rider to reach speeds of 25 miles per hour with ease. They are typically equipped with handlebars that drop down and back to give the rider various positions—from comfortably upright to aggressively forward. They come in three basic categories: sport, endurance, and triathlon.
Mountain bikes are the workhorses of the bicycle world. Designed to handle anything, they are useful for conquering mountain trails, dirt roads, and even snow-covered paths. You'll find them in various wheel sizes from the standard 26-inch to the emerging 29-inch. These wheels are built to have traction in a variety of conditions. Mountain bikes come in various styles; the three basic models are front suspension, full suspension, and fat bikes.
Looking for something more specific? While road and mountain bikes can handle a myriad of conditions and riding styles, some bicycles are designed with one key function in mind. This is often done by taking a traditional road bicycle design and adjusting it to fit the needed focus. We have narrowed it down to our three most popular styles: touring bikes, cyclocross bikes, and beach cruiser bikes.
Bicycles are a classic part of growing up. Learning how to ride a bike without training wheels is a childhood milestone. We have bikes for kids of all ages. From balance bikes for toddlers to kid-sized mountain bikes, we have what your child needs to be introduced to the joys of cycling. We want to ensure that your child loves his or her new bike. Come talk to our friendly staff to make sure you get the right fit for your kid.
Professional Bike Fit
Once you've found the right bike, take it to the next level by booking a bike fit session. Having your bicycle configured to support your unique body geometry allows you to get the most out of every ride. Ride longer and farther with maximum comfort and efficiency. We know that being a cyclist is about more than just the bike. Learn more about Chicago’s best fit studio and our professional fit packages.