Flat or platform pedals are perfect to use with regular shoes, skate shoes, or cycling-specific shoes for flats. They have traction points to prevent your foot from slipping off. Flats are appropriate for any type of bike and any skill level of rider.
Many new bikes come with a pair of pedals. And, surprise! Some do not. That's because pedals are a personal preference.
Not only are there a variety of cool color options, but there are two types of pedals: Flat/Platform or Clipless
Guess what? You clip into clipless!
And, some pedals are flat on one side and clipless on the other.
Aren't bikes the best?
Clipless pedals attach your foot to the pedal with a cleat on the shoe. A road- or mountain-specific shoe, cleat, and pedal all work together. It takes some practice to get the hang of, but clipless pedals can add efficiency and control. These pedals are great for intermediate and experienced riders.
Your bike came with a saddle, but it doesn't mean that saddle is the best one for you.
It may take a few rides to feel comfortable (or at least less awkward). But, you shouldn't be in actual pain or develop bruises or other issues from short rides.
A pair of padded shorts can make riding more enjoyable. The position of your current saddle may also need to be adjusted (a slight angle shift can make a massive difference). But sometimes, you just need a better fitting saddle.
Don't worry! We're used to talking about sit bones and chamois cream and anything else that may seem blush-worthy. We want your answer to be, "My butt is awesome!"
Padded (chamois) shorts are designed to worn next to skin. They add padding and decrease friction between you and your saddle.
While padded shorts aren't always necessary for shorter rides, many cyclists find that a well-fitting short allows for longer days in the saddle and more pleasant rides.
The addition of chamois cream can also make for a perfect combination for a happy hiney!
Consisting of a pack with a hose and bladder, hydration packs provide easy access to water, while allowing you to carry other essentials like a jacket, snacks, tools, a good book...whatever makes you happy!
It's the key to success! Whether you are out for a quick errand or in the midst of an epic journey, a swift swig can keep you cruising comfortably.
Of course, there are a billion options for how you carry your high quality H2O on the bike. Primarily, people choose a hydration pack, a water bottle or two, or a combination.
Designed to attach to your bike frame with a water bottle cage, there are endless options for keeping your fluids easily accessible. Choose colorful cages and matching or contrasting bottles to fit your style.
You and your bike are now both ready to get out and roll! But, where to?
Our helpful staff can provide suggestions for where you'll find safe, fun places to ride. Whether you'd like to start commuting to work, riding the kids to school, or hitting the trails, we know all the bike paths, safe routes, and sweet spots.
Our Locally Speaking page is a great resource to connect with local clubs, and Bike Friendly Kalamazoo has an awesome page that lists some safe and interesting routes to try. If you're itching to get in the dirt, SWMMBA has a solid trail guide.
And, definitely join us for a ride! We offer a variety of events throughout the year, where you can learn more about your bike, meet other riders, learn new routes, and in most cases, enjoy some delightful eats and treats!
Give the shop of your choice a holler to make a service appointment, to learn more about our pick up and delivery services, or ask us any question that comes to mind!