My ride, affectionately named Sheila, is a lavender recycled beach cruiser completely outfitted with basket, bell, review mirror and tassels reminiscent of my youth. She is lovingly tended to by the best bicycles shops in Tucson.
The first thing I look for in a bike shop is the staff. I crave knowledge and attention so I want a shop with staff who actually ride at varying levels. In addition, they need to be friendly, tolerate numerous questions and be willing to share their life. Once a shop passes these first criteria, I then look for: customer service, good repair mechanics, accessible hours, varied inventory and willingness to offer competitive prices.
It’s great to ride in with a latte and share the latest biking community news with the friendly souls of my favorite bike shop. Knowledgeable staff are paramount to my success on the road and even being a novice rider, they take the time to share tips that make me feel like a pro.
Tip #1: When washing my bike hooking up the garden hose to a high-pressure nozzle to blast off the dirt is not a wise method since it removes the needed grease. A mop bucket with dish shop and a sponge is much more effective.
Tip #2: purchasing shorts made for bicyclists can resolve inner thigh chaffing.
Tip #3: Pain in the knees can be resolved by changing sprocket size and making sure the saddle is not to too low.
If you’re purchasing your first bike, selecting a bike that fits is extremely important for comfort and even for health: an ill-fitting bike can put strain on your joints. A good bike shop will help you select the right type and size of a bike. After selecting the right size, they will make adaptations for pedals, saddle, tires and handlebars.
Determine what type of riding you want to do before going to purchase your first bike. Road Bikes go fast on open roads but hopping curbs will bend their tires. If you’re intending to hit the desert you may be suited for a Mountain Bike which is durable and designed to handle uneven surfaces and rough terrain. Mountain bikes are great for shock absorption but also slow you down. Their knobby tires create friction on city roads so are more difficult to ride at long distance. A hybrid bike is designed to allow you to sit more upright and tries to combine the best features of mountain and road bikes.
My favorite bike shop in Tucson is Trek Bicycles of Tucson. At TBOT you’ll instantly feel a part of the Smessies family and the Tucson biking community.
Their repair experts can have your ride looking and running like new whether fixing a flat or a complete overhaul. A basic tune-up runs about $45 to a complete overhaul costing $130. If you’re unsure what you need just drop by with your bike for a free quote.
Trek Bicycles even offers a trade-in credit that will help keep your child riding in the right size bike without taxing your wallet. If your child’s previous bike is in good enough condition, they will credit up to 50% toward the purchase of a new one.
If you’re in the market for a new bike, Trek is the place to shop. Not only do they have a huge selection they offer a price match program. If you see the same bike, same model somewhere for less -they will match that price. Ganga!
Trek Bicycles of Tucson
1740 E. Fort Lowell, Suite 100 T.A. 85719
M-F 10:00-7:00 Sat 10:00-5:00 Sun Noon-4:00
140 S. Sarnoff Drive T.A. 85710
M-F 10-6, Sat 9-6, Sun 11-4
1301 E. Ajo Way T.A. 85713