Types of Bicycles Part 1: The Cruiser

English: This is a Villy Customs tangerine ora...

English: This is a Villy Customs tangerine orange beach cruiser bicycle fully customized by a customer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now you’ve decided to buy a bicycle. You’ve read about frame materials. Frame materials mean squat when you don’t even know what kind of bicycle to purchase. Simply put, the type of riding you want to do, as well as aspire to do, will help narrow down the bicycle you should be looking at. Notice how I said “aspire to do?” This is because most people purchase one bicycle. As you will see, bicycles tend to be better at one style of riding while being okay at others. If you buy a bicycle based on the riding you aspire to do, the less likely you’ll be frustrated and end up hating cycling. WE WANT TO AVOID THAT AT ALL COSTS. Of course, this depends on if you have tons of disposable income and you can just buy multiple bikes. That’s what I do.

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Why Impakt Sidehack BMX Bikes Will Change Your Life

Yeah. This insanity known as the Impakt Sidehack is available at your local Walmart for $199. Parents, make sure you insurance is paid up. A side cart BMX bike for under two Franklins is probably going to be on some Christmas lists.

Endurance Mountain Biking: Enter the Salsa Fargo

So I got this idea in my head. It may be a dumb idea, I don’t know yet, but I was thinking about entering some endurance mountain biking events next year. You know, races that are at least 4-5 hours long. With a new baby coming soon, and the fact that I am systematically training for racing (as well as eating well) for the upcoming cyclocross season has me thinking. At my age, physical activity stops for most. Unless you count stumbling out of the bar on Friday nights. I don’t want to be that guy. I gotta stick around for ZoĆ«, her planned sibling, Ally, Logan, and Jase. I also want to set an example that sticks with them.

Enter the Salsa Fargo.

Jim's Fargo
Jim’s Fargo (Photo credit: ttrbikes)

I’ve been eyeballing this bike for a while. My ability to get this bike is wholly dependent on whether I: 1. Win a cyclocross race. I have a deal with the wifey. 2. Am able to get it through the shop I work at, RIDEhome.

I was thinking of a mountain bike for a long time, but I really don’t mountain bike much anymore, and I don’t think that having a mountain bike would make me ride more. However, this bicycle, would allow me to do that and more. In typical obsessed bike nerd fashion, I have pored over all the specs and geometries of the Fargo and compared them to her competition. Of which, there are few. I do have a backup plan in case I am not able to get the Fargo, though I may be willing to sacrifice some paper and pay full retail just to have one (gasp!).

So I figure this bike will serve me well as an endurance mountain bike race partner. Sure, I may get snickers from the other riders about having drop bars, but the thought of riding 4+ hours on just straight bars sound obnoxious, even if I had bar ends. Besides, some of the first mountain bike racers still used drop bars! I’m kicking it old school. I do have a Raleigh Furley, but her wheels aren’t wide enough for the mountain bike type riding. She will most likely see action as a gravel racer.

Well, that’s my plan anyway. Excuse me while I look at the specs again. I think I missed something.