Buying Guide

FamilyBikeStore.com is Canada's largest online family bike store. We are committed to quality and reliability and offer a wide rage of bike types and brands to suit every type of rider. With so many choices available, this section of our website is designed to help you pick the right bike and accessories for you.

Bike Types

The first place to start when it comes to choosing a bike is to decide what kind of riding you plan on doing. Finding a bike that fits your riding style is just as important as picking the right size. Here are some styles we have on our website:

Mountain
Ideal for : Adventurous riders and trail path enthusiasts.
Bike Features: Has a front suspension fork to absorb bumps on trails and paths.
Best Use: Trails, paths, and cross country riding.

Full Suspension:
Ideal for: Thrill seekers who enjoy going on rough terrain and rocky trails.
Bike Features: Has a front and rear suspension to absorb rough terrain and make for a comfortable ride.
Best Use: Mountain trails and rough paths.

Comfort
Ideal for: Casual riders.
Bike Features: Ergonomically made for casual riders, usually come with a front suspension fork, large cushioned suspension seat, and tires with a street tread.
Best Use: Bike path, street, and sidewalk riding.

Road:
Ideal for: Fitness enthusiasts.
Bike Features: Very light bike construction, narrow tires, small seat, road handlebars for aerodynamic riding posture.
Best Use: Smooth paved surfaces, riding on the street.

Hybrid:
Ideal for: Commuters and casual riders.
Bike Features: Light bike construction, narrow tires, similar to a road bike but has a more comfortable riding position. Can also come with a front suspension.
Best Use: Smooth paved surfaces, riding on the street.
Electric:
Ideal for: Commuters and casual riders.
Bike Features: Comes with an electric motor and the options to pedal, and have motor assisted pedaling, and full electric motor drive. Has front suspension, and features similar to a mountain bike.
Best Use: Smooth paved surfaces, trails, and travelling long distances.

Freeride
Ideal for: Dirt jumps, skate parks, and street riding.
Bike Features: Cross between a mountain bike and a BMX bike. Has a steel frame, heavy duty rims, and wide tires.
Best Use: Dirt and smooth surfaces.

BMX
Ideal for: All ages, ideal for trick and BMX racing enthusiasts.
Bike Features: Single speed, small frame, 20" wheels, and numerous accessories.
Best Use: Dirt and smooth surfaces.

Kids Bikes
Ideal for: Children under the age of 15, just getting into the sport of cycling.
Bike Features: Can come in many different styles similar to adult bikes, usually come with training wheels and coaster brakes on 10-16" bikes.
Best Use: Bike paths and smooth surfaces with parental supervision.


Finding The Right Size:

Now that you are familiar with the type of bikes available to you, it is time to decide on the right bike size. Whether you are buying a bike for yourself or your kid, using the guidelines below will ensure you pick a bike that is just right for you.

In order to choose the right size, you will need to measure your inseam. To measure your inseam, stand up straight with his legs slightly apart. Using measuring tape, measure from just below the crotch to the floor.

Once you know your inseam, or your child's inseam, consult the charts below to find the perfect size.



Adult bike sizes are relative the size of the frame. It is ok to go down a size or two when selecting your bike but we do not advise purchasing a bike that is a bigger size than you should be riding.



Kids bike sizes are relative to the diameter of the wheel. Bikes can also be sized relative to age but we suggest that you use this chart to determine the correct size. We have measured all bikes we sell in order to create the most accurate chart possible.

Children under 12 years going solo on a bicycle have a very limited range and don't get as much pleasure from simply cycling. If you want to have a family outing with more cycling, you may want to consider trailers, child seats, and the weeride co-pilot all of which are sold on the FamilyBikeStore.com

If you have any questions or would like to know specific measurements please contact us at info@familybikestore.com.

Safety Recommendations

Before you hit the road or trails on your new bike, make sure you are properly prepared and take all of the safety precautions necessary.

Helmet: Helmets save lives and prevent head injury. You should always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. In some regions in Canada, helmets are required by law!

Lights & Reflectors: It is important to be visible at all times to those around you. The more visible you are the safer your ride will be. If you intend on riding at night, make sure to have battery powered lights in the front and rear of your bicycle.
Bells & Horns: It is important to have a method of making yourself heard to those around you.

Locks: Bicycles are investments and should be protected. Be sure to lock your bike every time you leave it unattended. It is your best defence against theft.


Bike Terminology:

On our website you may find bike terms that you may be unfamiliar with. Below we will explain what the different terms mean so you have a full understanding of what is being talked about.

Frame: The frame is the main structural component to a bike. It can be made out of various materials, have different shapes, and comes in different sizes. It is the part of a bike to which all other parts attach to.

Fork: The fork is the structural component that attaches the front wheel to the bike. There are two main types of forks, Rigid forks and Suspension forks. Rigid forks are entirely made of metal and are found on hybrid and road bikes. Suspension forks are found on mountain and dual suspension bikes.

Crank Set: The crank set is the mechanism used to transfer power from the legs to the bike. Cranks are the left and right arms to which pedals connect.

Sprocket: A sprocket is a toothed ring which is connected to the crank set and is used to move the chain. Sprockets come in different size/tooth combinations and multi speed bikes can have more than one sprocket in the front.

Saddle: The saddle is what riders sit on when riding a bike. It can have a great impact on the comfort of your ride. Saddles come in different sizes, shapes, and are made with a wide range of materials.
Cassette: A cassette is found only on multi-speed bicycles. It is the multi tooth and multi ring mechanism attached to the hub of the rear wheel. It gives the rider different gear ratios to use while pedaling the bike.

Derailleur: This is a mechanism on multi-speed bikes that moves the chain to different sprocket rings and changes gear ratios. Some bikes have only a rear derailleur and some also have front a rear derailleur's. The front derailleur is located above the crankset where the pedals are and the rear derailleur is located near the rear wheel axel. Most of the bikes on FamilyBikeStore.com have Shimano derailleurs. Shimano is a leading manufacturer of bicycle components.

Handlebar: The handlebar is the steering device on a bicycle. Handlebars come in different sizes and shapes but primarily come in road or classic shapes. Road bike handlebars are curved and afford a more aerodynamic riding position whereas classic handlebars afford a more comfortable riding position.

Shifters: Shifters are the levers that allow riders to change gears. They are found on the handlebar and can come in a lever mechanism or grip shift.



Accessories

There are numerous ways to make your bike more comfortable, unique, and more versatile. Below are some ways you could equip your bike:

Add a saddle or gel cover to make the ride more comfortable.
Buy a pump and a repair kit to maintain your bike.
Buy a bike lock to prevent your bike from being solen.
Buy a water bottle to be able to hydrate yourself on long rides.
Add a bike carrier to your bike so you can safely carry items on your bike.
Buy a bike rack to hang your bike on a wall and keep it safe and secure.