Thinking About a New Bike for the Holidays? Read This First.

There are a lot of exciting things to find under the tree on Christmas morning, but few that bring the lasting excitement and freedom of a shiny, new bicycle. Whether it’s your first two wheeler, or a replacement for that hand-me-down from your older sibling, a new bike that’s all your own is one of those presents you never forget.

It’s easy to walk into any big box store this time of year and see lots of shiny, fancy-looking bikes that seem like the perfect thing to put under the tree this holiday season, but when you look closer, there are a lot of good reasons to make a trip to your local bike shop instead.

We have customers stop in year-round with their brand new department store bicycle complaining that gears are not shifting smoothly, brakes are not engaging, and things just don’t seem quite right. Nine times out of ten, when we put it up in the repair stand and take a look, it is clear that the bike was never assembled properly by a knowledgeable and experienced bike mechanic. The brakes rub, the wheels are not straight, and often parts are backwards, upside down or dangerously loose. We understand that is not a reassuring way to start your first ride. The first thing to remember when you see those lower prices is that you’ll probably end up paying a professional $70 or more just to make your new bike work properly. At any reputable bike shop, staff are trained professionals who take the time to adjust and inspect every part of your new bike as they assemble it, making sure it is perfect for your first ride, at no extra cost.

Even after you’ve had your bike professionally re-assembled, department store bikes aren’t designed for the same kind of use as a bike that you’ll find in your local shop. Department store bikes are essentially designed as a toy to be used occasionally, where a high-quality bike can be ridden every day for years and years. Because of the lower quality of the parts, these bikes need far more service than a bike shop equivalent, and often “service” of a department store bike will involve replacing the original parts with higher quality ones in order to solve the problem. When we can service the existing parts on a department store bike, because of the loose tolerances in manufacturing, we can’t guarantee that the adjustments will last for as long as they would on a higher quality bike. All of this can lead to a lot of extra spending on service and less time on the road or trail enjoying the ride.

On top off all that, department store bikes do not even come in sizes! Can you imagine going to buy a pair of shoes but only being able to get a size 9? Why should your bike be any different? Without a bike that fits comfortably, riding is neither fun nor easy. Often when people say they do not enjoy riding, it is because they associate the difficulty and discomfort of a department store bike to all bike riding. Most quality bike shop bikes come in a range of sizes to fit all sized riders and are easily adjustable to keep you comfortable.

All of these issues are magnified for the younger rider. The extra resistance of rubbing brakes and poorly adjusted bearings are especially difficult for young riders, who are still practicing and learning. As kids master the skills they need for riding, they deserve to enjoy a bike that is able to keep up with them as their ability progresses.

These days there a lot of different options available when it comes to picking a new bike, and you might think that as a casual rider the specifics aren’t really all that important. In a lot of cases you’d be right, there are a lot of technical specs and choices that don’t make that much of a difference. But there are some that are important regardless of your level of riding. Finding a bike that is suited to what you will use it for, fits you well, and has features that benefit you is what your local bike shop specializes in. Someone will take the time to talk about what you want out of a new bike and use their expertise to recommend a bike that will suit your needs, even if you don’t know where to start.

This Christmas, save yourself the time, money, and headache of dealing with a department store bike, check out your local bike shop and feel the difference yourself by testing out a few bikes.

Snyder Cycles has a thorough collection of kid's bikes ready to place under the tree this holiday season. We even offer the ability to store your bikes at the shop up until Christmas Eve so it's ready to pick up at the last minute. Talk to us about how we can be part of the big surprise! 

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Win-A-Schwinn Contest Winner

And the winner is...

Erin Jones!

Congratulations, Erin, and Thank You to all of our contest participants.

Stay tuned for details on our Youth Summer Bicycle Challenge where we'll be giving away a 2017 GT Aggressor Expert to a rider who logs the most miles in their age group this summer!

4/20 Blaze It High Pressure Sales Event

It's the day of civil disobedience for people who believe in personal freedom and the choice to do what we want with our bodies, so we're celebrating with the 420 Blaze It High Pressure Sales Event! Save some green for later with these smokin' deals! Buy a new bike and get a free Snyder Cycles schwag t-shirt! Valid 4/20/2016 only! Don't forget to share with your friends!

If you got the munchies, get two Bonk Breakers for just $4.20.

High Pressure tubes just $4.20!

Spend $4200 or more and get a $420 store credit towards your purchase!

Weed through the leaves on a new GT, Scott, or Cannondale mountain bike FOR TWENTY percent off all accessories with your new mountain bike purchase, dude!

Blaze over the biggest DJ's on the GT Ruckus DJ originally $545, get it for $420!

Jump high AF on your new GT Bump FOR TWENTY percent off! Originally $650, now just $520!

 4-20% off, just $520!

4-20% off, just $520!

2015 Cannondale CAAD 10 105 - Was $1650, now just $1230! Save $420! 

Now Hiring Weekend and Evening Help

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic cyclists for part-time weekend and evening work. We are seeking customer service staff and mechanics, but a multi-talented candidate is our best applicant.

The ideal applicant:

Rides the hell out of their bike

Holds themselves to a high ethical standard and respects and treats people of all backgrounds fairly and equally

Must have a desire to help people and have a positive attitude 

Can change a flat tire quickly

Can accept criticism in order to be better without crying

Has an excellent working knowledge of bicycle parts and their mechanical function

Can lift 50 lbs 

Has bike shop experience or customer service experience

Is detail oriented

Must be a self-starter and pursue customer interaction or begin repairs without being asked

Send your resume to whatsup@snydercycles.com to be considered, along with a one-page essay describing how you got into cycling, what kind of riding you do, and why you love it.

 

 

 

 

Tucker Criterium 2016

Georgia Tech Cycling brings Tucker the Criterium for this year's USA Cycling Collegiate weekend of racing. They'll be pounding out the miles in Harbins Park on Saturday, but on Sunday they're shredding the pavement in Tucker, Georgia, home of Snyder Cycles. 

They'll rip down Main Street, taking all left turns on Railroad Avenue, Lynburn Avenue, and First Avenue to complete a lap, and then they'll do it again and again and again at 30+ miles per hour. It's sure to be a great weekend of excitement for the racers, and it's also a whole bunch of fun for the families that come out to Main Street Tucker to watch and enjoy! Bring your bikes to race or ride around town, or bring your lawnchairs to pick the best seat in town, but come out and enjoy the spring weather and all the fun that bike racing has to offer!

Route Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12158830

Registration & Information: http://www.topviewsports.com/event/georgia-tech-cycling-usac/