How to Buy a Bike

Consider your parts before you purchase.

By Allison Williams and Amanda Zurita With Brian Colella, Emily Dhatt, Jessie Wesley, Anne Larkin, and Nicole Fancher May 18, 2012 Published in the June 2012 issue of Seattle Met

Photographed at Emerald City Bicycles

“The frame is the most important part; that’s the most permanent thing about the bike. Almost everything else you can change. You’re looking for a frame where you like your seating position and it’s comfortable to ride.”
 — Neil Wechsler, Owner of Montlake Bicycle Shop, Montlake,

“It’s not so much the brand or the model as much as the range of the gears, particularly the variation in the low gear. It’s pretty expensive to change it.” 
— Wechsler

“Disc brakes work better in the wet, especially for commuting. They also keep your wheels lasting longer because the brakes don’t drag on the rim and wear them out.” — Christiaan Bourdrez, Owner of Ride Bicycles, Ravenna,

“It’s one of the last things you look at, rather than the first. In current times all seats fit [all bikes]. It takes a little longer to evaluate; a seat may be comfortable for a few miles, then bad at 10 miles.” — Wechsler

“Pay particular attention to the reach to the handlebars. The reach should be comfortable and natural.” — Andrew Hunziker, Sales Manager at Gregg’s Cycles, Greenlake,

“Good puncture-resistant tires made of quality rubber provide better grip and keep you from getting flats from potholes and road debris.” — Bourdrez

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