What Bike Works for You?
Choosing The Right Bike
Getting to Know the Types of Bikes Available

Road bikes are fast and easy to pedal on pavement. They are not as well suited for operating off the road. Some people find the "dropped" riding position challenging to maintain comfortably for a long time. Mountain bikes are harder to pedal and slower on the pavement. But they have a cushy ride, an upright riding position, and can travel easily on a wide variety of surfaces.

Hybrid or cross bikes are almost as fast and easy to pedal as a road bike while being nearly as comfortable and versatile as a mountain bike. Comfort bikes are just that—comfortable. They are less efficient, but sitting on one is much more comfortable. Cruisers are fun to look at and, when ridden at a relaxed pace, they are ideal for admiring the scenery, exploring the neighborhood or beach. Recumbents are quite comfortable and very fast. They sit so low to the ground that visibility in traffic can be an issue, and they require some learning to be operated with maximum efficiency.

Come to one of the best bicycle shops in Charleston, SC today-Sweetgrass Cycles.

Bicycles Pros and Cons

- Light and agile, these bikes are designed for speed
- "Over the handlebar" posture transfers the most power 
- Riding position allows most leg power & cuts through the air
- Components have tight tolerances and high polish  
- Light, tall wheels & thin tires reduce friction


- Can't take the punishment that mountain bikes can
- Gear range is high, so slow speed riding is hard
- Riding position can be uncomfortable on neck & wrists

When deciding what bike will best fit you, think about:

  - What type of riding are you planning on doing?

  - Where is it you plan on riding?

  - What type of riding have you liked or disliked in the past?

  - How important is ride quality and what is your budget?

  - Please feel free to stop by our store and we'll help!