How to Test a Bike:
Buying a new bike can be an overwhelming experience. Here at Sickler’s, we want to make it as easy for you as possible! These tips will help you get the most out of your test rides.
Choose the right time. Generally, weekday mornings are the quietest time in our shops. That means that you will likely have the parking lot to yourself to test bikes to your heart’s content. Saturdays are our busiest time. We are happy to serve you then, but keep in mind that you might be waiting slightly longer if there are several other people who arrive there before you.
Wear appropriate clothing. If you’re coming straight from the office, pack a change of clothes. High heels and a pencil skirt make test riding anything a real challenge. Go for shorts and sneakers. Avoid long, loose fitting pants that may get caught in the bike’s chain.
Take your time. Ride the bike around the parking lot. As you do so, test out the shifters and brakes. See how quickly the bike responds to increases in speed. Lift the bike to feel its weight. Turn sharply and gradually. Think about how your arms, hands, back, and neck feel. We are happy to let you ride a bike in the parking lot as long as you’d like to ensure that you get the best test possible! This is the best way to compare sizes and models too.
Ask questions. We will explain to you the noteworthy features of the bikes you test. But please—stop us if you have any questions or if something is unclear. We strive to make your bike test a positive experience for you, and that means understanding everything that comes with the bike.
Get our advice. The shop employee that is helping you will be happy to offer an assessment of your fit on a particular bike. Be open minded—if he or she suggests a different size or type of frame, give it a try. You never know what you might like!