Why You Should Buy a New Bike Instead of a Used Bike

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If you’re new to cycling, it makes sense to buy new. If you’ve been around cycling for a while, you’ll probably still want buy new. Why you ask? Lets go through the reason riders should be buying new vs used.

What to look for when buying a bike

Ask yourself the following questions:

Do I know…

  • How to fit the bike?
  • How to make adjustments to make the bike fit?
  • How to check the components to see if they are working properly?
  • Where to check the frame for cracks?
  • How to check to see that the frame isn’t damaged elsewhere?
  • What a broken wheel looks like?
  • Where to look for cracks on a wheel?
  • What a used bike is worth?

The above questions are your starting point. If you can answer yes to all of these questions then you may be in a better position to buy used but you may want to keep reading…

If you’ve answered no, you may want to seek out the advice of experts to guide you through your purchase. For your own safety and comfort, a “new” purchase may be preferable.

Assuming the cost of replacement parts and/or mechanic fees
If you can do your own mechanical work, you’ll probably be fine but that’s assuming you have properly estimated the costs of parts. However, if you don’t know the basics of how to adjust the cable controlled components of a bike…the most common problems with bikes…you’ll end up spending all the cash you saved on mechanics bills. Leaving you with a used bike that cost you the same price as the new bike would have.

There’s always a reason it’s for sale

In my experience with used items, the seller always has a reason to sell and most of the time its not to the buyers advantage. Make sure that your good deal doesn’t turn out too good to be true. So ask the questions but be weary of the answers…

  • Why are they selling it?
  • What parts have been changed?
  • What is its usage history?
  • Has it ever been crashed?
  • When was it last serviced?
  • Who did the service?
  • Where did they buy it from?

These are all very important things to consider when making any purchase.

Put safety first

Your safety is number one. Are you willing to risk it? Purchasing a used bike is doing just that. Whether it’s a broken frame, wheel rims, hubs, crank, saddle, handlebars, shoes or fork, some broken components are not obvious upon initial inspection but lead to many safety concerns. In general, yes, the frame is the most durable part of the bike.

But it too can be damaged beyond repair. And if you don’t bring your newly second hand purchased bike in for an inspection you may be at risk.

I will conclude by saying this, in the end the purchase is your choice, but honestly, there are many, many pitfalls to buying a used bike. Whether it’s a wrong purchase, a damaged purchase or even potentially purchasing a previously stolen bike, the chances of you spending excess money trying to get the bicycle in good riding condition is just not worth it. Seek out the professionals and let them guide you.

Believe me…it will lead to a much better experience. And who doesn’t like the look of a shiny new bike?

Why Your Kid Should Learn to Ride a Bike

Ottawa bike shop's thoughts on teaching kids to ride a bike

It’s not just in Ottawa that bike shop owners and employees will give you many reason why kids should learn to ride a bike—and I can tell you it’s not for the purpose of making more sales either. Learning to ride a bike is considered to be a key developmental milestone for any child.

It’s true that it’s never too late to learn how to ride a bike, but it’s also true that it’s a lot easier to learn when you’re a kid and it’s a skill that will stay with you and benefit you for the rest of your life. Here are a few reasons why we think it’s important for kids in Ottawa, and anywhere, to learn to ride a bike early.

It helps develop their motor skills and coordination

Of course as with most physical activities, learning to ride a bike comes with a few bumps and bruises. But, learning to balance, steer, and pedal all at the same time has huge impacts on a child’s motor skill development which can be transferred to other activities as they grow. Starting them off on push bikes and striders when their old enough helps them with balance and makes for an easy transition to training wheels and pedals.

It teaches responsibility

Riding and owning a bike isn’t always simple, it comes with a lot of responsibility like keeping it clean, properly stored, and locked up when it needs to be. It can also be a great way to teach your kid basic mechanic skills when something is broken.

With the responsibility of owning and riding a bike also comes the independence and freedom. As your kid gets older, they won’t need to rely on parents for getting around short distances and the positive attitude that comes with this independence will be carried on through their other activities.

It provides many mental health benefits

It’s been proven in studies around the world that children who ride their bikes to school or who ride regularly are more focused and alert in the classroom than their non-bike-riding counterparts. Learning and continuing to ride a bike can also be a huge confidence booster which positively impacts children’s mental attitude for the rest of their lives.

It teaches them to be active

The truth is, nowadays, less and less kids are playing outside, getting fresh air, and staying active. Technology is becoming more and more accessible to children and it’s taking over their interests, their attention spans, and forming bad habits. Cycling is an easy way to spend time as a family while staying active. Not to mention that the impact of kids seeing the people they look up to stay active by riding helps them establish healthy exercise habits early on.

It will help them be environmentally friendly

Sure the rise of viral videos and campaigns around bettering the environment teaches kids about the impacts of our actions as a population. But, teaching them to ride a bike shows them how they can have a positive impact on the planet themselves. Using cycling as transportation helps reduce CO2 emissions and pollution, but also reduces traffic and parking congestion. Putting your kids into an environmental mindset early on is imperative to helping communities become more green.

Check out our selection of kids bikes in Ottawa and stop by the shop for a fitting!

Why Ottawa Is a Great Place to Get an E-Bike

A few years ago it was almost unheard of to know someone who owns an e-bike. Since then they’ve grown in popularity and it’s not uncommon to see a few riders sporting e-bikes on the pathways across North America. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should get an e-bike today.

They Help you Explore Your City

With a city that spans as wide as Ottawa does and offers views and scenic areas like the Parliament Buildings, Dow’s Lake, the locks by the Chateau Laurier, and so much more, it can sometimes be hard to travel around to take them all in.

An e-bike can help you avoid traffic and the pains of trying to find parking, all while allowing you to take in the sunshine and get up close and personal with the nature surrounding the expansive bike paths neighbouring the rivers that take you almost anywhere you need to go in Ottawa.

Go Further and Longer

Not to mention get there faster. E-bikes are great for those of us that don’t necessarily want to exert ourselves while taking in the sights. That being said, electric bicycles offer many of the same exercise benefits that regular cycling does. And, if you want to, you can still give it your all, you’ll just be going faster and further than those on ordinary bicycles.

Great for Hills

If you’ve talked to other cyclists in Ottawa, you’ve probably been asked if you’ve been out to Gatineau Park yet. Although most will agree it’s completely worth the effort to get up the hills, it can be a little daunting to us regular folk who aren’t used to the effort necessary to pedal up an incline.

The variety of power modes available to assist your pedalling on an e-bike make facing those climbs a lot easier–not to mention, you still get to take full advantage of the downhills.

Great for Crosswinds and Headwinds

That small motor backing you up will make a huge difference when nature decides to work against you, not for you. A headwind can really put a damper on your ride—unless you’re riding an e-bike that allows you to change a few settings and keep riding as if the wind is at your back.

They’re Fun to Ride

Sure regular bikes are fun to ride as well, but e-bikes give you that extra push, that extra boost while you’re riding which can make it much more enjoyable. Let’s face it, e-bikes will keep you from having to put in that extra effort, which will allow you to be more relaxed and take in your surroundings.

Would you rather be the guy suffering on the bike path or the guy with a smile on their face cruising by?

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