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Get Fit on the Road

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Buying a road bicycle is a commitment by you, but also from us. Most road rides will be 2-3 hours and even more so fit is critical. A professional bike fit makes sure that your purchase provides the most appropriate, efficient and comfortable cycling experience within your budget and requirements.

Leisure cyclist or performance rider - everyone will benefit from a well fitted bike

Leisure cyclist or performance rider – everyone will benefit from a well fitted bike

Every drop-bar, road-based bicycle – including touring, triathlon and cyclo-cross bikes – purchased from Halter’s is finalized by a fitting session with one of our expert bike fitters, Jason or Don.

So, what’s involved?

Bring your usual cycling clothes and shoes. If you need cycling apparel you can choose at the store and if you’ve never considered a clipless pedaling system, now might be the time.

The bike is held on a training stand while it is tailored to your needs

The bike is held on a training stand while it is tailored to your needs

A good fit starts from the feet and clipless pedals enable you to locate your feet consistently in the most comfortable and efficient position. If you’re nervous about that clipped in feeling, or you’re just wondering if it’s right for you, try them out while the bike is safely locked in the stand and you have a little time to practice.

After establishing the correct seat height and fore-and-aft position we’ll start work on working out the correct reach to the handle-bars for you. This is dependent on your general flexibility and style of riding.

This may involve swapping the stem to get the correct reach and the handle-bars to ensure your chest isn’t either constricted or uncomfortably wide.

Generally, at each stage components will be swapped out for ones of equal value, but if you have particular requirements, such as a more comfortable saddle or carbon-fiber handle-bars, there will be an extra charge.

As well as feeling more comfortable you will also gain poise and control

As well as feeling more comfortable you will also gain poise and control

After a few tweaks the bike will be in a condition for a short ride around the neighborhood of the shop. You will be accompanied by your bike fitter who will note your stance and make sure it matches your riding style.

If you’ve never ridden a road bike before they will also coach you on technique, such as gear selection and operation and getting your feet out of clipless pedals – not as intimidating as you might think.

During this process you will learn a lot about your new bike, but also about yourself.

Thanks to Mandi for helping us with this article

Thanks to Mandi for helping us with this article

Back at the shop your fitter will make final adjustments to your new bike, and depending on your budget may make suggestions about a different brand or model of bicycle so you can make a comparison.

There’ll be no right or wrong. It will be whatever you think is best for you.

Halter’s philosophy is that it essential to get the right size bike that is adapted completely to you and one upon which you feel completely comfortable and confident. We’re not the sort of bike shop where you look in and walk out of the store ten minutes later with an ill-fitting road bike. It’s not good for you, and it’s not good for us.

Whether you’re new to road bikes, or an old hand, you’ll need to reserve a couple of hours and make an appointment. Call 732 329 9022 to arrange a time.

Bike fits are also available for your current bike. Call Halter’s for details.


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Alan That British Bloke


Which Bike?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Over the years the basic bicycle has evolved into a number of configurations, some good for general use, some with specific intentions.

So which bike is best for you?

Cruiser bicycles - low seating makes for a very stable rider position ... great for riding on the shore and around your community

Cruiser bicycles – low seating makes for a very stable rider position … great for riding on the shore and around your community

Cruiser bicycles : A long wheel-base and low center of gravity makes for a very stable ride and comfortable upright stance for the rider.

These bikes are excellent for cycling around your neighborhood or round town. They will also negotiate smooth off-road routes like the canal tow-path and trails through parks.

The low seating position makes it easy for anyone to get their feet onto the ground so it’s perfect for the nervous rider.

Hybrid bicycles - good on the road or on smooth trails

Hybrid bicycles – good on the road or on smooth trails

Cruiser bikes are not so good if your rides include a lot of hills or you’re intending to take on longer, more ambitious rides.

Hybrid Bicycles : If you want to break out of your neighborhood on your bicycle and ride as part of a healthy life-style regime then a hybrid bicycle could be for you.

Hybrids will keep you in an upright stance, but in a higher, more efficient position which makes climbing hills and cycling longer distances rather easier than on a cruiser.

Sports and Fitness Bicycles : lightweight, nimble hybrids

Sports and Fitness Bicycles : lightweight, nimble hybrids

You can find out more about hybrid bicycles here …

Sports and Fitness bicycles : These bikes are a lightweight, non-suspension, development of hybrid bicycles. Almost, but not quite, straight handle-bar road bikes, but still capable of riding made up paths and trails, these bikes appeal to the person seeking to expand their bicycling horizons and get a bit of a workout at the same time.

Higher end S&F bikes are approaching the cost of a good road bike, so if you’re considering purchasing at this level seek the advice of your local bike store to make sure this type of bike really is for you.

Mountain Bike - hard-tail or full-suspension

Mountain Bike – hard-tail or full-suspension

Mountain Bikes : For many people this is their entry point to cycling.

Traditionally, MTBs have been characterized by fat 26″ tires, but now most of our higher end bikes use 29″ wheel (29ers), the same diameter as a road bike, but wider.

MTBs have their own sub-genres; XC, all-mountain, downhill, freeride, etc.

The NJ terrain was made for hard-tail 29ers. Their ability to roll over the typical surface here will suit most people.

Fatbikes and Single-Speed MTBs

Fatbikes and Single-Speed MTBs

If gnarly, rocky trails are your forté then consider a full-suspension bike, although at any price point a hard-tail will have superior components to a full-suspension bike.

Further developments of MTBs include the Fatbike with immense wheels capable of rolling over soft, granular surfaces such as sand or snow, and the Single-Speed MTB, no gears, no suspension for the back-to-basics crew.

Men's and Women's Road bikes - performance and comfort/endurance geometry ... but which one's which?

Men’s and Women’s Road bikes – performance and comfort/endurance geometry … but which one’s which?

Road Bicycles : If you want to ride the maximum distance with the greatest efficiency then you must consider a road bike. Don’t be put off by skinny tires, narrow saddles and drop-handlebars. These bikes are designed to be ridden over many miles, hundreds, even thousands of miles. No one will do that if they’re uncomfortable on their bike.

All road type bikes offered by Halter’s are only sold with a personal bike fit. This is by appointment only – just call the shop – and can last a couple of hours, but will certainly provide you with the best, most comfortable and efficient ride within your budget.

Road bikes fall into a couple of categories; men’s and women’s and performance and comfort/endurance.

Don’t get too caught up in definitions. The right bike is determined by an arcane formula determined from its intended use, your height, proportions, flexibility and just how you feel when riding it.

Taller women will fit a “men’s” frame better, and shorter men with proportionately long limbs may suit a “women’s” bike. Classic road races have been won on “comfort/endurance” frames and tall guys with short legs may find a “performance” frame more comfortable.

So what we’re saying is, “It all depends …”. Only a professional bike fit can determine this for you.

There are also a number of variations of road bike built to accommodate different challenges.

Cyclo-cross and Touring bicycles

Cyclo-cross and Touring bicycles

Cyclo-cross Bicycle : Cyclo-cross (CX) is a huge sport in the winter in Europe where riders race on short courses across fields and park lands either in mud or freezing temperatures … Sounds like fun, huh?

Well, there is a thriving CX scene here in the US if you feel the need.

However, CX bikes also make excellent commuter bikes because of their ability to accommodate wider tires, fenders and luggage racks.

Touring Bicycle : Whether you’re a credit card tourist flitting from B&B to B&B, or riding a self-sufficient epic coast-to-coast ride, the appropriate touring bike will help you eat up the miles while specially adapted to carry the necessary paraphernalia – tent, sleeping bag, stove, clothes, etc.

Triathlon or Time-Trial bicycles and road bike bar adapters

Triathlon or Time-Trial bicycles and road bike bar adapters

Triathlon or Time-Trial Bicycle : First time customers often present themselves in the shop with the purpose of buying a tri-bike.

Be in no doubt, a tri-bike is the most specialized and focused bike we sell.

In comparison to a regular road bike tri-bikes have delicate handling, less efficient brakes and comfort can be compromised by the need to get from A-to-B as fast as possible. Most bike clubs also prohibit tri-bikes on club rides.

Custom-built bicycle - road, tourer, mtb, cyclo-cross - a Seven Cycle crafted to your exact requirements

Custom-built bicycle – road, tourer, mtb, cyclo-cross – a Seven Cycle crafted to your exact requirements

Most committed triathlon customers ride a regular road bike for training and transfer to their tri-bike just prior to competition. Road bikes can be adapted with the addition of a tri-bar and some fit work which is more than good enough for most competitions.

Custom-Built Bicycle : If you have very particular requirements, or if only the best is good enough, then consider having a bicycle tailored and hand-built for you. Nothing will work for you better.

After a personal consultation with our expert bike fitter, Seven Cycles will build you a frame from steel, titanium, carbon fiber or a blend which will fit you like a glove and have exactly the characteristics you specify. Halter’s will then add the finest and most appropriate components for the most exclusive bike you will ever own.

Of course, expect a price in the five-figure range …

Halter’s sell bicycles and frames by: Cannondale, Electra, Giant, Salsa and Surly. We will also build you a bike to your specification from a fixie to the ultimate bespoke bike from Seven Cycles. We also sell frames from a number of makers including All-City and Tom Ritchey.

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Alan That British Bloke


 
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