Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Buying a New Bike But Were Afraid To Ask


It’s autumn once again and many of us will decide it’s time to retire our old ride and invest in a shiny new bicycle. As you head off to the local bike shop, you think your biggest decision will be the color of the bike. But when you get to the shop, you’re hit with a mountain of choices! What type of bike do you want? Mountain, gravel, hybrid, cyclocross, road, triathlon, or touring? Wait a second, a gravel bike? “You’re kidding me, right?” you say. I kid you not! Then there’s the choice of steel, aluminum, titanium, carbon, and even bamboo frames. Electronic or manual shifting, does it make a difference? A relaxed or aggressive frame configuration! Huh? What the heck does that even mean? And we haven’t even gotten to brands yet!

To help sort all this out, we’ve invited John Russo from The Cosmic Wheel bike shop in Ridgefield Park, NJ, to come to the October 8th Membership Meeting. He’ll give us some tips as to what all these choices mean and how to focus in on what’s important to you and so you can decide on what bike is best for your style of cycling.

As always, the meeting takes place at the:

Ridgewood Public Library
125 North Maple Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Call 201-670-5600 for directions

–Alan Scherl, Vice President