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13 Critical Tips When Riding A Bicycle At Night (2022)

Depending on where you live or the weather in your area, cycling at night can be awesome or an utter nightmare.

Cycling at night is very interesting, yet very few people take advantage of night riding. Although it can be intimidating and reasonably dangerous riding at night, some find it to be very fun and therapeutic even.

I’m a huge fan of cycling at night and have become accustomed to riding 1-2 nights a week during the night. At the same time, it’s important to be prepared while out riding at night.

So in this post, I would like to share with you 13 critical tips when riding a bicycle at night that will not only make riding after dark safe but more enjoyable.

1. Assess Your Environment

Before going out on your first night ride, it would be wise to know beforehand which areas to ride or to avoid. Whether you’ll be riding in a well-lit area or an unlit road, safety should come first. Some environments are not safe to ride at night and some places are perfect for night riding.

You will have to judge whether or not it will be safe for you to ride at night.   Take note that cycling at night will not be any less dangerous than cycling during the day. 

One thing you’ll find is that riding at night takes some adjustments. You’ll be more cautious, things will seem to appear out of nowhere, and it can be overwhelming riding at night especially if there is car traffic.

It’s important to be familiar with certain streets and the main roads as street signs may not be as clear during the night. You want to choose areas that are either well lit or more public and accommodating for pedestrians.

Some of the best areas to ride a night will be main streets in commercial areas, areas where there are restaurants, stores, and sports arenas. Major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York may be ideal places, but since these are heavy traffic areas, cycle with caution.

Avoid country roads where there usually are no street lights and even some residential areas that can be a bit sketchy.

2. Be As Lit As Possible

The best advice for cycling after dark is to make sure you and your bike are equipped with lights. I won’t go into some of the legal or suggested advice that states have regarding riding a bike a night, but you will know what to do after reading this topic.

It is advised from almost every blog post about cycling at night that you must have front and rear lights on your bike. The front light should usually be white colored and the rear tail light red. But I’m here to tell you it’s better to have too many lights than not enough.

I usually ride with 1-2 front facing led lights and one red taillight. I make myself more visible by attaching wheel lights to each of my wheels. You can find most wheel lights at your local electronics store or you can buy Wheel Brightz available on Amazon.

Having lights, not only facing the front and rear of your bike, but also on the sides of your wheels will ensure that you will be seen a lot easier at night.

Another option if you don’t care about wheel lights is to pay attention to the lumens, which is how bright the light will shine. If you want very bright lights, make sure to buy something that puts out at least 800 lumens or higher and has a long battery life.

Lastly, if you have non-rechargeable lights, be sure to have at least one backup headlight to shine for oncoming vehicles.

Rear red light on a bicycle
Rear light on a bicycle

3. Map Your Route

How many cyclists ride during the night without first mapping out where they are going?  Probably none. At the least let’s say a few, but they may be familiar with where they are going and have an idea mapped in their mind. 

It may not be the brightest idea to go with the flow on a night ride because you may go too far, get lost, and put yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. To ensure your safety and enjoyment of riding at night, the least you could do is map out the area during the day.

I will often drive around during the day and search out bike lanes, roads that may have more street lights than other areas and take note of where I might want to ride.

If you are not as comfortable mapping out a ride or have bad directional sense, it may be beneficial for you to map out a ride using Ride GPS or the Strava App. These apps will allow you to see routes of other riders who have ventured the areas you want to ride.

Another option is to ride with someone who is familiar with the area you want to ride and can show you around safely.

4. Avoid Riding Alone

Most cyclists have no problem riding alone especially if it’s during the day and would prefer not to wait for someone. 

One of the main reasons why you should not be alone when riding a bicycle at night is because you never know what could happen. It’s very unpredictable whether a passerby vehicle or pedestrian will see you or not. Even with all the reflective gear in the world, you may still face some close encounters.

Many new cyclists who have never ridden their bike at night before can benefit from some form of a night cycling group.

You also have the option of just joining a group night ride which is put on by cycling clubs and or your local bike shop. If you are a party goer, why not check out your local “Bike Party” for more night cycling fun!

5. Wear Reflective Gear

Cycling clothing and gear have evolved to include reflective material in a stylish yet feasible way. 

One of the best areas to wear reflective gear are on parts that move. These parts would include your tires, wheels, ankles, and knees.

Many cyclists would assume that being highly visible at night would mean to have reflective clothing such as jackets and reflective trim on garments. But this only becomes visible to some and are not enough to be seen in the dark.

To be highly visible at night, look for cycling gear that is bright and unusual. If you ever wondered why construction workers wear screaming yellow shirts or safety orange, it’s because they are highly effective at drawing your attention.

If you want to be extra visible when riding a bicycle at night try out this LED Reflective Vest.

Man riding an orange safety vest riding a bicycle
Man wearing an orange safety vest riding a bicycle

6. Be Watchful

Making sure oncoming vehicles and pedestrians visibly see you from afar is as equally important as you, the cyclist, looking ahead as to what’s coming.

The best tips I can share with you regarding being watchful when riding a bicycle at night:

  1. Look down the road 10-15 seconds ahead of you.
  2. Use common sense.

Looking ahead about 10-15 seconds is about one block ahead. Now I’m aware this may be very difficult to do in low lit streets. But if you practice doing this, it will more than compensate for that 1-2 delay in reaction time cycling in the dark.

When speaking of common sense, it will amaze you how many people lack this skill. 

For example, you are cycling with a group of cyclists, common sense will tell you to allow space between the rider in front of you to avoid rubbing tires or crashing.

It’s very crucial to use common sense cycling after dark by keeping your distance from cars and pedestrians. Also if you are not racing in an actual race at night, then use common sense to slow down and ride cautiously.

7. Do A Pre-Ride Bike Check

Before heading out for a night ride on the road, there are a few checks you want to make on your bike. The key checks you should focus on are your tires’ air pressure, chain, and any loose ends or noises.

Doing a pre-ride check can be a very quick task but if not done, it can sometimes mean the difference between walking home or having an epic night ride.

It’s a good idea to use a bike pump or pressure gauge and make sure your tires are pumped up to where they should be when riding a bicycle at night. Overinflated tires can cause a blowout and if left underinflated you risk catching a pinch flat.

With your chain, the main thing you want to check for is if it’s lubricated. Also, you want to care for your chain by cleaning any gunk or dirty grease to make it last longer.

Lastly, listen for abnormal noises and squeaks while test riding your bike and make an adjustment or fix what’s making that noise. Could be something rubbing against the frame or interfering with the wheel rotation.

Cyclist doing a pre ride check on his road bike
Cyclist checking the brakes on his road bike

8. Choose The Right Bike

What is the right bike really for cycling after dark? Many would argue that choosing a cheaper bike or one that you wouldn’t mind crashing or getting damaged is the bike of choice.

In my personal opinion the bike that you are riding now, or, are using the most is the right bike to choose from. Missing out on an epic night ride because you don’t have the right bike should never be the issue.

If you want to ride your carbon frame bike or your hand-me-down 10-speed bike, then that’s on you. I find that most cyclists will ride with the bike that is the most comfortable for them at that moment.

9. Be Prepared For Mechanical Issues

I hate to bring out the Murphy cliche, but “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” The important thing is to be prepared for when things go wrong the best way you can.

To be prepared for mechanical issues while out cycling at night, be mindful of how your bike operates during the day. In most cases, you will discover what’s wrong with your bike from how it performs during the daylight hours.

We all try to be prepared for things that go wrong by having our basic tools and patch kit.  Sometimes we might need to carry something else.

I remember my first few times when riding a bicycle at night and thought I would be ok with just the basics since I was only going a short distance. Not being prepared with a spare tube with my new wheels was a mistake. I didn’t plan for a flat but it’s inevitable when cycling at night and not seeing everything that’s on the road.

10. Avoid Plugging Ears With Headphones

Some cyclists prefer to ride with music in their ears while others like to be amused by their surroundings and natural sounds they can hear along the road.

There is nothing wrong with having a little bit of background noise in your ears while riding, but having both ears plugged might be a problem.

The reason I suggest avoiding both ears being plugged with headphones is to keep your senses active. You want to be able to hear what might be approaching you and or coming up behind you.

Whether you’re wearing headphones or not, your hearing will be distorted with just moving in the wind. You can reduce the probability that you might not hear something by avoiding both ears being plugged.

11. Protect Yourself While Riding

Whether you’re out cycling during the day and or night, you hardly ever think about how you might protect yourself in the event of an assault.

Depending on how vulnerable a cyclist you are, regardless if you’re male or female, being equipped to defend yourself during an assault will be vital.

Now there are many ways to protect yourself while cycling, but I will only touch on a few obvious tips. The first tip is to avoid any strangers trying to stop you or engage you, and the second tip is to carry a personal safety weapon.

Someone on the side of the road could be smiling and seem approachable, but as soon as they ask you to stop, Do Not Stop. Proceed to speed away either in the other direction or away from the scene.

In some circumstances you may not be able to avoid a sketchy scene, so cyclists needing to defend themselves should resort to pepper spray or mace if that is legal in your state. Avoid using an offensive weapon like a U-Lock or makeshift knife as this can be used against you if outnumbered.

12. Bring Your Phone

This tip might be very obvious as many people are technically glued to their cell phones now more than ever. But it’s still very common to forget our cell phones with all the other things we have to bring on a bike ride.

Try to make it a priority to have your cell phone with you while cycling at night and most importantly having a fully charged cell.

Having your cell on you will make it convenient to call for help when needed. You could be totally prepared for a night ride and then something happens where you need to make a call. Gone are the days of phone booths.

You may be with a group of friends while cycling at night, but if you happen to be riding by yourself and need to call for help, having your cell phone will become crucial.

After having been stuck on the side of the road countless of times, I highly credit having my cell phone to getting me unstuck during those times. 

Likewise, I encourage you to bring your cell phone to save yourself some headache if you ever get stranded when out cycling at night.

Read some tips on how to charge your phone while riding.

Crashed bike lying on the road which happened when riding a bicycle at night
Crashed bicycle lying in the middle of the road after riding it during the night.

13. Avoid Getting Hit By Cars

It doesn’t matter how safe a cyclist you are, or how many traffic safety rules you follow, cycling after dark still puts you at some risk of getting hit by a vehicle.

To shed some light on this matter, I will share just a few general tips to help you avoid getting hit which is:

  1. Use bike lights.
  2. Take a whole lane.
  3. Avoid traveling on busy streets.

As mentioned earlier in the post, you want to be as lit as possible. Just make sure to have at least one front headlight and one tail light. It makes a world of difference having just the basic lights not just for your safety but also to see what’s ahead of you at all times when riding a bicycle at night.

When it is necessary to take a whole lane on a multi-lane road, do so. This will make you more visible to other vehicles so that they can’t just cut you off but will have to drive around or behind you. 

Lastly, if at all possible if you can, avoid traveling on busy streets. 

You will definitely reduce the risk of getting hit by sticking to the roads and the trails that you know are safe. It’s ok if you have to cross busy streets, but if you learn your streets well you can travel safely on other roads and avoid traveling on busy roads.

Conclusion

If you’ve never tried to go out riding your bike during the night then I hope this article helps you get started because it can be a great experience seeing your local area in a completely new light.

I’ve discovered some amazing places in my city that I never even recognized as something special during the day but that stood out during the night.

12 Benefits Of Cycling Standing Up Out Of The Saddle

Don’t let anyone tell you that cycling standing up can compromise your pedaling technique. It really depends on the type of riding you’re doing and if circumstances make it necessary to stand up.

Standing while pedaling can be a difficult but essential skill to apply while riding your bike.  If done correctly with proper technique it can give an edge to your riding and provide many benefits.  

This article considers the 12 benefits of cycling standing up out of the saddle, muscles used cycling standing up, and how to stand while biking. 

1. Gives You An Advantage Accelerating

You may not race or compete in cycling but there may be times where you will need to speed off on the bike for various reasons.  

Accelerating while standing usually helps to get off to a great start.

An example of when this might come into play is when you’re at a stoplight.  It can be slightly difficult to take off while sitting on the bike seat, fiddling around with the clipless pedals.  You might as well stand up, find your footing and accelerate across the intersection in one smooth motion. This will not be so easy at first, but over time it will become second nature.

Another instance in which you will need to accelerate is when you’re trying to avoid danger.

If you live in a congested city or town, you already know this is vital.

People in cars sometimes ignore giving bicycles the right of way when making a right turn. Instead of waiting behind the cyclist, approaching a right turn, they may cut in front of the rider making a turn.

One of the best moves a cyclist can make to avoid this is to acknowledge when a car is behind you and is going to make a right turn.  

Use good judgment on how fast you need to accelerate, then ride out into the middle of the lane left of the right turn to train cars to make space and get behind you.  

This will not only create space but will protect you from other cars that may try to cut across in front of others to turn.  

2. Improves Sprint & Interval Riding

Now if you race or cycle competitively, accelerating while standing up becomes a crucial component to beating your competitor, taking the lead, and or gaining position.

Ever notice some of the greatest athletes in cycling stand up while sprinting that final stretch before the finish line. Even the best climbers in pro cycling have been seen accelerating up hills standing up on the pedals. Just check out YouTube and you’ll be amazed at how some of the best comebacks in a cycling pack are won by a rider accelerating out of the saddle.

Cycling races begin sometimes with some pretty nasty crashes as large groups of cyclists pack together in tight spaces. It is very wise of cyclists to accelerate ahead of the pack if you can to avoid ending up in the human stack of riders crammed together during the very start of a race.

Competitive cyclists often perform interval training as part of their workouts.  This type of training includes alternating between different speeds and power. They eventually develop fast-twitch muscles enabling them to accelerate efficiently to let out that burst of speed when they need it.  

Using a technique in road racing called “attacking”, involves accelerating very quickly while standing to catch up with a group or to close the gap of a cyclist.  In like manner accelerating to break away from a group is another way a cyclist will take advantage in a race.

3. Climb Hills Better

Many cyclists may prefer to cycle up hills while sitting but it depends on how steep the incline is.  Standing up on the pedals during climbing shifts the stress off other muscles groups and places more focus on the quads and upper body.

Proper technique for climbing hills on a bike is important if you are to climb effectively.

One way to do this right is to engage the hips in your pedal stroke to drive the bike. Leaning over the handlebars. just a little, will transfer the weight from the rear of the bike to the front creating a position that gives more power output climbing up hills.

Also, your quads should not be the only muscles engaged.  The upper body including the arms, abs, and back is used to support your weight standing.  Your arm muscles are activated when you push and pull on the handlebars to stabilize the body while putting force on the pedals.  The back muscles are worked as you are leaning forward over the handlebars. Finally, your core/abs are what support your back and hip flexors.

To become a good climber it will take time and practice standing pedaling and being seated on climbs.  But one thing for sure is that seated climbing will not improve climbing out of the seat, and this goes the other way around.

4. Gives You A Break From Sitting

Going on long rides can be brutal in the saddle. Your butt gets numb and uncomfortable and you can really lose focus placing all attention on your rear end.

Transitioning from a seated position to standing while cycling will help relieve these symptoms.  This can be short-lived though as you exhaust more energy riding while standing up.

Here are 6 Tips to endure standing up riding for long periods:

1. Wear Comfortable Well-Fitted Cycling/MTB Shoes. You don’t want shoes that are too narrow or too loose that they take the comfort away from mashing the pedals.  If you have “flat feet”, it may be wise to find a shoe insert that will give you greater support.

2. Try Compression Or Copper Infused Socks. This may be a different approach in cycling, but many athletes in other sports have benefited from these types of socks which have aided in performance.

3. Strengthen The Core. Having tight abs will definitely improve your ability to endure standing up on the bike. You don’t even have to follow old techniques of lying on the floor to get a good core workout.  This will also keep the lower back from suffering from fatigue on long rides.

4. Maintain Proper Posture. Riding in this upright position after covering some miles can lead to poor posture. Keeping good posture would include distributing your weight evenly on your feet standing tall.

5. Stay Well Hydrated. Drinking plenty of water or electrolytes during rides will be vital to preventing dehydration. Plan on bringing enough water on long rides and in hotter climates to minimize muscle fatigue.

6. Move Around To Promote Circulation. Some cyclists remain very stiff while standing up on the bike.  It’s better to move around a little at least with the bike.  A way to do this while riding is by swinging the bike by the handlebars from side to side.  Making adjustments in standing up straight with the chest high and chin tucked will help aid in circulation as well. 

5. Increases Blood Flow In Lower Extremities

Our bodies were not designed to stay seated for long periods of time.  Many can relate to feeling lower back pain and cramps from sitting for a long time.

Standing up on the bike for long periods can’t be done all the time. But blood flow can improve with short episodes of standing while cycling.  Keep in mind that with any exercise, blood circulation can improve. Cycling standing up is just one of the ways you can achieve this.

As a good rule of thumb, if you are having poor circulation issues, it is best to consult with a medical professional to advise if cycling is the best exercise for you to do.

Sitting actually slows blood flow making circulation from the legs down and back up to the heart happen inefficiently.  Standing while riding squeezes the leg veins pushing blood up to the heart more efficiently.

This movement actually promotes greater oxygen flow through your body as your heart is pumping and lungs are taking in more air.

Improving circulation also goes back to wearing compression socks which help to assist in pushing blood back up to the heart.  These socks will help support leg muscles and tendons and also help your muscles recover.

6. More Control Of Your Bike

Believe it or not, some have noticed that standing allows them to have more control of their bike.

Standing while cycling at low speeds allows you to maneuver between tight places, jump potholes and curbs, and track stand at a light waiting for it to change.

A skill that many cyclists may want to learn is how to track stand while you’re waiting at a stoplight. This is only done while standing on the pedals, finding your balance on the bike, and maintaining that balance without getting off the pedals or clipless pedals.  Once the light turns green you’re ready to get moving.

In my experience, I’ve noticed that I’m more confident cornering at low speeds while standing up.  The way the body is positioned and the weight is distributed, allows for more stability and artfulness. You are also less likely to fall cornering if standing up on the pedals since you can shift your body away from the turn while still balancing the bike.

Another scenario you would have control cycling standing up is when you’re cycling in narrow allies in urban cities. Cars and pedestrians almost never look for bikes coming through the alley. But, if you’re standing up it will be easier for you to see them and avoid getting hit or running into them.

7. Makes Vehicles Notice You More

I like the idea of standing up to let vehicles notice you because it makes sense that they will clearly see what’s right in front of them and what is much taller than them. While riding in a low position or just on the saddle, many vehicles may not notice you right away.

In order to not only see and be seen, standing up on the bike near cross streets or high trafficked areas will make you more noticeable.

There have been times where I stood up from a seated position and it made the vehicle across from me more aware that a cyclist was there. It’s the little things you do on your bike that can make a world of difference in avoiding an accident.

8. Better For Your Knees

Overall cycling is a low-impact activity so it’s reasonable to state that it’s better for your knees while standing.  The reason for this is that the knee is more stable standing than in a seated position.

Riding in a seated position on longer rides actually places the knee under a lot of force and tension. When the knee is under pressure it starts to behave differently due to overuse.

It’s important to note that riding seated is not bad but you want to alternate equally between sitting and standing.

You will know when to switch between the two positions when the tension on the knee bothers you.  Only you know when you have reached this threshold, then it’s time to check your position on the bike and allow for knee extension by standing.

9. Promotes Better Visual Acuity

It’s common when road cycling to crouch low on the bars and look forward and down towards the wheel. But this position can block your view of what’s ahead and around you.

Cycling standing up will allow a better visual to see the path in front, side, and across from you. It’s good to be observant of your surroundings on a bike so you can navigate situations well.

Being able to see obstacles from afar becomes especially important in the sport of mountain biking too. Since trails that are ridden by mountain bikers are rough and rugged, having a clear view of what you’re up against becomes essential.

10. Helps To Ease Through Poor Road Conditions

Potholes, train tracks, and concrete tears, Oh My! If you cycled around your town or other cities then these road conditions are no strangers to you.

Standing up while cycling over these types of road conditions can prepare you to absorb the shock. It also helps to stand to give you greater stability depending on the bike you have.

Many road bikes are lightweight and designed for either casual riding, touring, or racing.  So when riding over poor road conditions they can throw you around, making the ride unstable and uncomfortable.

Let’s not forget how unstable you’ll be when cycling in the rain. Riding in a seated position might make your reaction time to slipping low. But when standing you can react more quickly, getting a foot out of the clips and taking control of your balance.

Sometimes standing all the way up on the pedals is not necessary. But you can slightly lift up off the seat to brace yourself.

11. Enhances Muscles Used Cycling Standing Up

The primary leg muscle that will be engaged when cycling standing up will be the largest group of muscles in the body – the quadriceps.

Many muscles are engaged in the legs while cycling, but the quads and hamstring muscles do more work, especially on elevated terrain.

The reason the quads are built up is due to the fact that they are the power and force that pushes down the pedals. Standing uses your own body weight to add resistance, therefore providing an excellent workout for your quads.

According to livestrong.com, “Because you can push down on the pedals with all your might, cycling with heavy gears causes physiological adaptations and muscle growth similar to weightlifting.”

12. Takes Pressure Off Your Lower Back

Not all riders experience lower back pain while cycling but those that do, prefer to cycle standing up for relief.

Cycling standing up will help align your body in a way so the weight is not compressed in the lower back. The weight and pressure will be focused more on the hips and legs when pedaling.

When riding in a seated position either upright or stretched across the bike, we place stress on the lower back. The stressors being traded are between compression and stretching. Standing upright on the pedals alone will help ease some of this stress.

Standing while cycling alone will not eliminate lower back pain, but it will help give your back a break. To really take the load off the lower back, many cyclists obtain bike adjustments and proper bike fitting by their local bike shop. If they find that those options do not help with low back pain then they may benefit from strengthening the lower back and the surrounding muscles.

Conclusion To Standing While Biking  

Cycling standing up is not just limited to hill climbing and making a dash for the finish line in a race. There are many benefits you have read that riding in a standing position helps make you a better cyclist.

If someone wants to become good a something they don’t just try it once, forget it, then miraculously become experts. We constantly work at whatever craft it is and constantly learn how to improve.

Practice doesn’t always make perfect but makes you better. To improve your bike skills, taking the time out to learn and apply some basics can go a long way. 

Related Questions

Does cycling standing up burn more calories?

You could burn anywhere between 120 to 210 more calories just by swapping 3 hours of sitting for standing. But it also depends on how much muscle mass you have.  The more muscle mass you have the more calories you’ll burn. 

Is cycling standing up good for you?

Cycling standing up can be good for you for two reasons, 1) it relaxes the upper body and allows you to rhythmically sway the bike from side to side, and 2) cycling standing up will help align your body in such a way that the lower back is not compressed like it is when seated. 

Is it better to stand or sit while cycling?

It is better to stand cycling out of the saddle when accelerating, riding downhill, and hill-climbing. However, here’s the caveat. It’s easier to apply more downforce on the cranks standing but more difficult to maintain a high cadence.

Most cyclists can apply more power standing in short durations, but at long durations cycling seated is preferred. However, the type of riding you’re doing, plus the elevation or demotion, will determine if cycling seated or standing is better. 

Is it easier to bike standing up?

It is easier to bike seated while riding flat roads but easier to bike standing on hill climbs, downhill, and mountain biking. It also depends on the type of rider you are and your athletic ability. 

How to ride a bike standing up?

To stand biking, you want to pedal at a cadence that allows you to stay balanced on the bike. Slightly lean over the handlebars and in a smooth motion lifting up out of the saddle, stay slightly hovered over the center of the bike and keep hands on the handlebars. During this transition, you also want to continue pedaling. 

Without losing too much speed you just gently rock the bike back and forth and let your body weight fall on each pedal stroke. It will be helpful to start by adding an extra 10-15 minutes of standing time to your day and gradually working your way up from there.  

How to ride out of the saddle on a Peloton bike?

Riding the Peloton bike standing up is similar to riding a traditional bike outdoors. The big difference is that this stationery bike mimics riding a real bike and parts of the Peloton move differently. 

Here are a few tips to help you ride out of the saddle on a Peloton: 

  • Make sure you have enough resistance dialed in – you want to add enough resistance and center yourself over the bike to allow for handlebar swaying.
  • Keep your weight centered, slide the hips back, stand up, be heavy on the pedals, and lighten up on the bars – avoid putting too much weight on the handlebars, and don’t lean too far forward.
  • While you are standing up, speed up for 2-3 seconds and allow you and the bike to ebb and flow.

Are Women’s Padded Cycling Shorts Worth It?

Whether you are an avid cyclist already or just getting started, you may have been wondering if women’s padded cycling shorts is really necessary. Cycling is a fun and engaging way to stay in shape, but having the right equipment can sometimes make your workout more comfortable.

Although women’s padded cycling shorts are not necessary, they are usually worth it because of the comfort they provide while cycling. When padded cycling shorts of a sturdy and high-quality material are worn, cyclists will be able to cycle for longer periods and distances.

If you are serious about cycling, it may be worth it to invest in a pair of padded cycling shorts. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits these shorts can bring, along with some criteria you can use to determine which pair of padded shorts you should buy.

Why You Should Buy Women’s Padded Cycling Shorts

Whether or not you have tried padded cycling shorts, you have probably seen cyclists wearing them. These distinctive shorts are certainly a fashion statement, and although they may not be ideal for everyday wear, they are certainly worth it cycling.

The following are some of the benefits of wearing padded cycling shorts:

  • Comfort: This type of cycling shorts will provide a necessary buffer between your seat bones and the hard surface of the bicycle seat. Even if you are doing shorter cycling trips, the increase in comfort cannot be stressed enough and you will soon find that you can bike for longer limiting soreness.
  • Chafing reduction: Normal athletic shorts or unpadded cycling shorts will not prevent your skin from chafing against the seat or the fabric. Padded shorts, on the other hand, provide an additional layer that will keep your skin in good shape.
  • Breathability: Cycling is an aerobic activity, and you will work up a sweat. Most padded cycling shorts are made with sweat-wicking materials specifically suited for drying sweat and leaving you feeling comfortable and dry.

Cyclists can certainly make their cycling routines work without having these padded shorts, but they will make life easier for you, especially if you are serious about cycling and want to get into long-distance riding.

How to Know if You Need Padded Cycling Shorts

In general, you will probably want to invest in padded cycling shorts if you are someone who regularly cycles for exercise for longer durations of time. If you just use your bike to go to the grocery store or take a leisurely spin around your neighborhood, it’s not necessary to wear padded cycling shorts.

Additionally, if you have noticed pain and soreness as a result of your cycling, you are a great candidate for padded cycling shorts as these can help offset soreness and discomfort.

Can a Woman Wear Men’s Cycling Shorts?

Although it may be tempting to buy the most convenient pair of cycling shorts, it is not a good idea for women to wear men’s cycling shorts. Simply put, this usually comes down to a difference in design.

That being said, if you find men’s cycling shorts comfortable you certainly can still wear them. If you are considering buying a pair of men’s shorts, you should probably try them on first and make sure they have a good return policy in case you find them uncomfortable. However, proceed with caution before buying a pair of men’s shorts, and it is probably better to stick with women’s padded cycling shorts.

What is the Difference Between Women’s vs. Men’s Padded Bike Shorts?

The reason why men’s padded cycling shorts are different from women’s is that they are designed differently. Men’s shorts typically have the following features:

  • Longer inseam
  • Tighter hip sizing
  • Narrower through the seat
  • Differences in padding distribution

There is usually no significant difference in quality between men’s and women’s cycling shorts. If you are buying your shorts from a company that is committed to comfort and functionality, both the men’s and women’s shorts should be equally good options in terms of durability.

Things to Look for When Buying Women’s Padded Cycling Shorts

With the clear benefits of padded cycling shorts established, you may be wondering what to look for in women’s padded cycling shorts.

There are many different types and styles of women’s cycling shorts, and it can seem daunting to determine which one is right for you.

It is recommended to buy your first pair of padded cycling shorts in person at a local bike shop near you. You’ll want to try on the cycling shorts and see if it fits properly and will be comfortable for you. Beyond that, though, there are several considerations you can keep in mind when choosing a pair of women’s cycling shorts:

  • Price: Cycling shorts should be comfortable, but they do not have to break the bank. There are many types and brands of shorts available that will provide a quality experience at a lower price range. Balaef, for instance, is one example of a brand that produces low-cost bike shorts that still provide maximum comfort.
  • Material: In general, bike shorts will be made from a breathable material, such as dry-fit. Look for materials that are likely to be durable and breathable, and avoid materials such as cotton that may trap the sweat.
  • Stretch: Your padded bike shorts will be extra comfy if they have a good deal of stretch in them. Keep in mind that you need to buy shorts that will adjust to the movements of your body and not cause restrictions. For this reason, it is best to try on cycling shorts in person so you can see if they will work for you.
  • Reputation: Before buying a pair of shorts, take a moment to check out customer reviews. These can provide you with some insight into how happy cyclists typically are when they buy these shorts.

Keeping these things in mind, you will be able to find a pair of shorts that works perfectly for you.

Where Can I Find Women’s Plus-Size Cycling Shorts?

Many popular cycling shorts brands have plus-size options. Brands such as Machines for Freedom, Velocio, and Aerotech Designs have plus-sized options that are comfortable and stylish. If you cannot find plus-size cycling shorts at your local cycling store, turn to Amazon or online sports retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods to see if there is something that can work for you.
What Are Some Popular Women’s Cycling Short Brands?

The following brands are very popular in producing padded cycling shorts for women:

Most of these bicycling shorts brands can be found at general sportswear stores, or specialized cycling shops near you.

Conclusion

Padded cycling shorts may seem like a necessary part of a cyclist’s gear, but they can be pricey and cause you to wonder if they are truly necessary. In general, women should buy padded cycling shorts if they cycle frequently for exercise and/or find that they are experiencing general soreness in their seat bones and groin area when they ride.

Padded cycling shorts are a great option for avid cyclists because of the comfort and protection they provide. Beyond just a comfy seat, they can also reduce chafing and wick away sweat, two essential features for those who spend a great deal of time in the saddle.

When choosing your first pair of padded cycling shorts, keep in mind some considerations such as brand, quality, and price. With the wide variety of cycling shorts that exist on the market today, you are sure to find something that fits your needs and will have you comfortably enjoying your next ride.

Related Questions

Are Bib Shorts Worth It?

Bib shorts fit more comfortably and offer better support for your sit bones and your body as a whole. I find that bib shorts fit perfectly around my body which perfectly aligns in the right places and makes riding that much more enjoyable.

One drawback to having bib shorts for some is getting used to the shoulder straps made into the shorts. This can make going to the bathroom a real chore since you have to pull down the straps and shorts to use the bathroom. There is no quick access zipper in the front or back so you pretty much have to take the whole bib shorts off. That being said, bib shorts are still a must in my book.

10 Best Non-Cycling Shoes For Cycling

More and more cyclists seem to benefit from using clipless shoes and pedals while riding.  Many would argue that you’ll pedal efficiently and place more power on the pedals giving you an advantage in cycling.  I would even agree that upgrading from regular shoes and pedals to clipless ones made a world of difference for me.

But what about those that don’t really care for clipless pedals and shoes?  Are there any options that will suit their needs and ease their anxiety about going clipless?

From what I’ve found researching the topic of non-cycling shoes is that many cyclists ask for suggestions on non-cycling shoes but are just not finding the answers.  Although I’m not covering in detail specific brands of non-cycling shoes, I can assure you that after you read this it may help point you in the right direction to find what you’re looking for. 

1. Stiffer Soles

Just because you cycle on the road, doesn’t mean you necessarily need special cycling shoes.

Look for shoes that are comfortable for biking and walking.  You especially want something with a stiff sole.

Shoes that look and have more aggressive treads like mountain bike shoes will be great for platform pedals like these pedals.

If you can find a stiff shoe that is also breathable and wick away moisture, that will be a plus.

You want a comfortable-fitting shoe but also not too flexible if you’re going to go on longer rides.

Aim for flat bottom shoes that provide plenty of toe room.  Avoid shoes that are too bulky on the outside soles so they don’t interfere with your riding.

2. Mountain Bike Shoes

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It’s very convenient the way mountain bike shoes are made with the recessed clip that can be taken off.

The soles on mountain bike shoes are flat and stiff.   But you will find that it’s still easier to walk in them than wearing road cycling clipped shoes.

The fact that mountain bike shoes are comfortable doesn’t take away from the way they hold up while biking.

Also, depending on the brand and how the shoe is made you may find them very stylish.

3. Skateboard Shoes

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They tend to have soft but sticky soles.

Some skateboard shoes hold up to most road conditions without wearing out quickly.

Vans is a brand that often carries shoes that are more durable than casual shoes and have this criss-cross sole that’s good for gripping bike pedals.

You may find that these shoes are great for casual riding around town.

On another note, some people find that the soles on these shoes tend to get harder over time and may become less grippy.

4. City Bike Shoes

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Another term used to describe these shoes is “urban bike shoes”.

These are a cross between cycling shoes and casual footwear. The toe area is usually flexible but still provides enough stiffness for pedaling.

Rubber outer soles make walking in them comfortable.

Some city bike shoes are tear-resistant, made of nylon uppers, and fit the foot securely.

Overall, these shoes are best for urban cycling, recreational cycling, and indoor spin classes.

You’ll find these types of shoes to be favorable among bike commuters and bike messengers. 

5. Indoor Soccer Shoes

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I have to admit that I found this suggestion to be completely out-of-the-box for me.  I’ve never really looked into wearing soccer shoes before but there are some who say these are the best non-cycling specific shoes to wear.

Indoor soccer shoes are like tennis shoes but with harder soles.  To be more specific they are actually slightly stiff.

Most of the popular brands feature a gum rubber flat outer sole.

They give you more control and help to support your feet during any activity. Furthermore, the soles are thinner and may not provide as much cushioning like running shoes for instance.

Also, you will find that these shoes have a slim but aero design which enables you to be quick on your feet.

6. Bike Sandals

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Depending on the climate in your area or the season, wearing bike sandals may suit you best.

There will be no need to change shoes when going to the beach.

Some sandals have dual straps that secure the foot while cycling.

One added benefit of wearing bike sandals is that it allows the feet to breathe during warmer weather.

It’s not always the most stylish footwear to wear while biking but it’s definitely more comfortable to ride with these on.

7. Touring Shoes

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Along with the shoes noted earlier this shoe can also be worn on and off the bike.

One of the negatives with this type of shoe is that it might not have as stiff a sole.

Some shoes are made with a mesh material that is very breathable.

Touring shoes double as a casual or walking shoe but are even better for bike touring rides if you are into that type of riding.

The toe front tends to be flexible which makes them comfortable for walking.

These shoes may last longer than regular shoes and they are made more durable for various terrains.

8. Trainer Shoes

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These types of shoes are typically your running shoes or shoes you train in. They also tend to be more flexible than cycling shoes and have more of an athletic look.

The benefit of wearing these shoes is that the foot can move more freely while walking and running in them.

Due to a wider soled shoe, trainer shoes may feel more comfortable. 

Many trainers also provide a good grip for pedaling.

9. Trail Cross Shoes

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The only hybrid shoe that performs like a mountain bike shoe, good for trail running and great for flat pedals.

One specific maker of this type of shoe that I have researched is Adidas.  (Known as the Adidas Terrex)

Like a hiking boot, trail cross shoes will have a lugged sole, meaning they will be made of thick rubber.  

The tread and grip pattern on these shoes will be solid on spiked pedals.

Usually, trail cross shoes will work better with mountain bike pedals, versus wearing skater shoes since trail cross shoes will be more durable in the long run. 

Trail cross shoes will be your go-to if you are looking for more of a multipurpose shoe.

10. Golf Shoes

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Probably, the very last resort, you might end up trying out some golf shoes.

Now I know what you might be thinking. Golf shoes are probably as bad as wearing lugged hiking boots!

But hear me out on this as I have come across a handful of cyclists in forums stating that they have tried wearing golf shoes or have recommended them as an alternative.

In fact, it might surprise you how decent golf shoes hold up, considering that they have upgraded from the traditional dress shoe, spiked hard sole shoes.

Related Questions

Can you use “regular” shoes or non-cycling shoes with clipless pedals?

It would depend on how far you’re riding and the type of riding you’re doing whether it would make sense to do that.

Whenever I ride my road bike, wearing regular shoes with clipless pedals, it’s typically to ride a short distance.

That distance would probably be as short as riding from my local bike shop in Midtown to my parked car since parking spaces are distant. 

Any long-distance riding with normal shoes would just not be an efficient way to ride on clipless pedals.

The main thing I would be concerned about on longer rides is the pain of having your feet slip off the clipless pedals and the shoe not planted comfortably.  There is also the issue of developing hot spots under your foot and numbness.

Your best option for longer rides with clipless pedals would be to invest in cycling-specific shoes that would support this.  But then if you are not into wearing those type of shoes you may have to consider other options.

What other alternatives are there if you don’t want to purchase cycling shoes?

If after considering the above 10 suggestions and you are still not convinced that you want to invest in non-cycling shoes or cycling shoes then your best option is to focus on investing in good platform pedals.

At least with flat or platform pedals, your shoes will not be an issue.  You can wear whichever shoe your heart desires.

There are different types of flat pedals out there.  I would recommend something that has spikes, pedals with straps, and or toe clips.

You may want to go without the fancy attachments to the pedals, but I personally feel more in control of my bike and ride more confidently with toe clips.

Are running shoes good shoes for cycling?

Running shoes are very flexible and they comfortably cushion the feet for impact while running.

These shoes tend to flex all over the place, which is important during running or other activities where being quick on your feet is needed.

Whenever you’re walking or doing basic activities, you need your arch to flex.

But some setbacks with riding in running shoes is that there is little to no stiffness in the sole.

Some bike shops experts will tell you that from the ball of the foot to the heel, its best to have stiffness so you’ll pedal more efficiently.

You can ride your bike with running shoes and toe clips, but as far as being a good shoe for riding, in my opinion, I would say no. 

Words Of Caution Wearing Regular Shoes For Cycling

When it comes down to riding your bike, what you choose to wear will eventually be a personal preference.

Like with anything that you may read online or even on this blog, take it with a “grain of salt”.

Speaking of which, there are some things to consider if you will be riding in regular shoes.

If you are riding with laces, be sure the ends are short or able to be tucked away from getting caught in the cog or chain.

It’s very likely that the shoes you’re wearing do not wick away sweat as well as cycling-specific shoes do.  It would be wise to have multiple pairs of shoes to rotate through so you allow them to dry.

Wet shoes can harbor bacteria and germs that you don’t want to let linger around.  One tip you could make a habit of doing is taking a Clorox disinfecting wipe and wiping the inside of your shoes after each ride to stop bacteria from even growing.

I Don’t Like Shoes.  What About Barefoot Cycling?

Believe it or not, barefoot cycling is actually a thing.  I know as kids we used to do this all the time and not think twice about it.

But I was surprised to learn in my research that there are benefits of cycling barefoot, even as adults.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Your feet shape naturally
  • Move differently
  • Become stronger and tougher

The idea of cycling barefoot doesn’t mean you don’t wear shoes or protective gear for your feet.  This is more of a minimalist or naturalist approach. 

You can definitely go barefoot on the pedals but that’s not exactly what I’m implying here.

There are unconventional platforms as well as DIY platforms (See Youtube video below) that allow you to go barefoot on the pedals.

You also have the option of buying barefoot cycling shoes that are similar to five-finger-toe socks.  

If you really don’t care about purchasing anything in order to ride barefoot, then just consider riding with smooth platform pedals.  

For some of you who will try this approach to cycling, you may find it very liberating and more natural while riding. 

How to Cycle Barefeet

How Long Do Bike Disc Brake Pads Last?

Whether you are hitting a trail on your mountain bike or racing through the streets on your road bike, few things compare to the joy of a good day of cycling. But to have good bike days, it’s essential to keep your bike well maintained—especially when it comes to your brakes, which may lead you to wonder: how long do disc brake pads last?

You can generally expect to get 500-700 miles out of resin disc brake pads and 1,000-1,250 miles out of sintered metal disc brake pads. However, how much mileage you end up getting out of your disc brake pads will depend on the weather conditions you ride in, riding terrain, and your braking habits.

Whether you want your current bike’s disc brake pads to last longer or feel it may be time to get them replaced, keep reading. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about disc brake pad durability and replacement.

Factors that Affect Disc Brake Pad Lifespan

Although bike disc brake pads can have an average lifespan of 500 to 1250 miles, several factors will determine how long they’ll actually last, including the type of brakes used, the terrain and weather conditions you usually ride with, and how you brake.

Type of Disc Brake Pads

There are two main types of bike disc brake pads: organic and sintered.

Organic disc brake pads tend to wear out faster, which can prove a safety risk when riding on brake pads near the end of their lifespan.

Metallic, sintered disc brake pads, on the other hand, have a reputation for going the extra mile and have been known to do their riders justice even after their prescribed expiration date.

Terrain

It comes as a no-brainer that the rougher your riding terrain, the faster you can expect your bike’s disc brake pads to wear out; this is due to the extreme strain on brakes while riding on trails.

You’ll find that mountain bikes tend to require more brake use than road bikes due to the bumpy terrain they’re frequently used on, therefore needing brake replacement much sooner than their counterpart.

Weather

Rain or shine, it’s hard to keep an active cyclist indoors. With that said, you should keep in mind that certain disc brake pads will function better and last longer based on the weather conditions or climate you ride in.

Cold/Winter Weather

With cycling technology advancing, snowy winters are small obstacles standing in the way of your bike ride. To ensure you have a smooth and safe ride, certain disc brake pads respond better to this time of year:

  • At -15 degrees Fahrenheit, hydraulic disc brake pads have proven themselves worthy of having the best functionality.
  • At -30 degrees Fahrenheit, however, mechanical, organic disc brake pads do the job better.

Note: When you use hydraulic disc brake pads in icy conditions, the brake system’s mineral oil begins to degrade. Ensure you have the oil replaced regularly during this time of year if you plan on riding often.

Hot/Summer Weather

When you are slamming on your bicycle brakes regularly, heat friction arises—no matter how hot the weather is outside. However, with a hot climate, this effect multiplies, which amounts to more damage being done to your disc brake pads.

Organic resin pads struggle under extreme heat and friction, resulting in faster degradation of your disc brakes, limiting your stopping power. Instead, opt for sintered metallic disc brake pads, which have been proven to be much better for use in hot climates and rougher terrains.

Note: If you are biking year-round in polarized climates, switching between the appropriate brake pads is the best way to get the most out of your disc brakes.

Braking Habits

Some riders can cause enough wear and tear on their disc brakes to need replacing in as little as a couple of hundred miles; this is due to constant brake use, which can often be extremely abrupt and strenuous on your brake pads.

If you want your bike’s brake pads to last longer, consider these braking tips:

  • Avoid leaning forward while braking. Instead, shift your weight so that you’re vertical or slightly leaning back; this will eliminate any pressure on your front brake.
  • If you need to slow down to make turns, rather than use the brake, drop your hands and body a little lower on the bike to reduce your speed as you approach. If you must brake, only do so lightly and slowly.
  • During rainy conditions, a light press on the brake should be sufficient. Start slowing down earlier to ease the pressure on your tires and brakes, just like how you would drive a typical car in the rain.

When to Change Disc Brake Pads

It can be a tough call in deciding when to change your disc brake pads. While the timing may vary depending on whether you are riding a mountain bike or a road bike, to keep yourself safe, it’s best to change up your disc brake pads when they reach a thickness of 1.5mm.

While this is a general rule of thumb, you may be able to push your disc brake pads a bit more depending on whether you are using organic or sintered pads. We advise checking the condition of your brake pads regularly—especially before a long ride or trail.

Where to Get Disc Brake Pads

If you are on the hunt to replace your disc brake pads, you will find the internet and your local bike shop has got your back.

Online Disc Brake Pads

Online options are suitable for finding competitive prices for riders who have hands-on experience with bike maintenance and know exactly what they are looking for. Using an online resource such as Amazon is a great place to start looking for a quick, easy solution to purchasing a new set of brake disc pads for your bike.

However, if you are not adept with bike mechanics and want to support a local business, going to your nearby bike shop is probably the best way to go.

Bike Shop Disc Brake Pads

When dealing with a local bike shop, you can have a professional bike mechanic install your disc brake pads and feel assured that the job was done right—saving the hassle of getting your hands dirty and feeling confident that your next ride will be a safe one.

Another benefit of going to a bike mechanic is that they can educate you on your brake pad options to choose the right product for your riding needs.

How Much Do Disc Brake Pads Cost?

What you can expect to pay for disc brake pads can vary depending on the type of brake pad you opt for and where you get it.

  • If you are on a budget, non-cartridge pads are the most affordable and straightforward option for you. There is no reason to avoid replacing your disc brake pads thanks to brands like Hot Top, which have brake pads available for as little as $7.00.
  • Cartridge pads are on the higher end of the spectrum when it comes to cost and quality. You can find pads from well-respected brands like Shimano costing as little as $10, which makes finding a replacement for cartridge brakes within financial reach of every cyclist. However, finding high-performance cartridge pads from $20+ is likely from brands like TRP.

Additionally, if you decide you want to have a professional replace your brake pads for you, you will need to factor in those costs. The average price for this is $35 to over $200, depending on the shop and the types of brakes you want to have installed; this cost may include the price of parts, plus labor and assembly.

Although purchasing a new set of brake pads from your local bike shop may cost more than the online route, you could alternatively buy the brake pads online then have them installed at a shop to save a little money.

No matter your budget, finding a brake disc pad for your bicycle will not cause much strain on your wallet. However, it’s best not to settle for less when it comes to your brake pads and go with a reliable manufacturer.

In Summary

If you are riding on resin disc brake pads, you can expect to get 500-700 miles before needing to change them, and if you are using metallic, sintered brake pads, 1,000-1,250 miles is the usual lifespan.

While this is an estimate for an average rider, the mileage you actually end up getting out of your brake disc pads will significantly vary depending on your riding terrain, riding style, as well as your local climate.

Should I Buy A Trek Bike? Are Trek Bikes Good? Real Owner Review

I’ve rented Trek road bikes, gravel bikes, pedal-assist bikes, and race bikes and my dream has always been to own a Trek Bike.

Are Trek Bikes Good? Trek Bikes offer top-of-the-line performance, value, technology, and best features. They have a wide range of bikes for all rider types and abilities and their bikes are the most comfortable ride. Trek Bikes are the best bikes worldwide and highly respected in the bike industry.  When you buy a Trek Bike you’re not buying a bike, you’re buying an adventure of a lifetime.

In this post, I’ll share my real owner review of my Trek Gravel bike but most importantly explain why you should or should not buy a Trek Bike.

Should I Buy a Trek Bike? Are Trek Bikes Good?

In the early days of Trek Bikes, first starting out with steel and hand-brazed bike frames, they have continued to improve their bike builds and tech, while making their brand a household name.

Despite being a top brand in the bike Industry Trek Bikes has produced some of the boldest geometric technically designed bikes to date.

But hear me out, buying this particular brand will not turn you into Chris Froome just like Nike’s Jordan brand will not make you jump higher. You should buy a bike designed for your riding intent and something that fits you.

Trek Bikes have so many different bikes to choose from for all riders and ages of varying abilities.

They have also been known to develop female-friendly bike designs and kid’s bikes.

Many people have come to love Trek Bikes because of their comfort, light frames, and performance-enhancing bike mechanics.

One of the reasons why I bought a Trek Checkpoint ALR 4 bike is because I loved how it felt when I rode on the road and gravel. I felt like a bird, which means freedom. I also felt secure and powerful knowing that the bike would hold up under the environments I would put it through.

You’ll see professional cyclist sport Trek Bikes and exclusively by Trek’s professional cycling teams, Trek Segafredo-Men and Trek Segafredo-Woman.

So you know that when you buy a Trek Bike you’re getting the performance and quality that you would expect for a cyclist.

What type of Trek Bike should I buy?

If you are considering buying a Trek Bike and you don’t know which type of bike you should buy, first think about what type of riding you will be doing and where.

You want to buy a Trek Bike that fits you and the type of riding you plan to do.

Instead of posting an exhaustive list of bikes to choose from here, Trek has provided an easy-to-use step-by-step guide to finding your ideal Trek Bike, if purchasing online.

Their guide takes the guesswork out of choosing a Trek Bike.

They will ask you to choose who you are shopping for, an adult or child bike, what type of riding you will do, where you will be riding, what riding position you prefer, which bike features you will need, and how much you want to spend. See the screenshots and steps below.

These questions vary depending on the selection you make. For this example, I select a road bike.

1)This first step is to identify if you are an adult or a child for whom the bike will be. This should be an easy choice but if you have a child that’s maybe above average for their age of development you may have to consider the adult bike.

Choosing any bike, whether, for a child or an adult, one should take into account your fit on the bike and measure how big of a bike you need. You can read about how to do this here.

2) This next step is important because depending on what type of rider you are and where you will be going will directly affect the type of bike you’ll need.

For example, if you just want to ride around the neighborhood and or with kids, maybe a hybrid or Low step-through bike might be for you.

3) You want a Trek Bike that can handle the terrain or environment that you will be riding on, so knowing where you will be riding will be crucial in choosing a Trek Bike that will be a good fit.

4) This step is self-explanatory and you should choose a riding position that would be most comfortable for you. I have a history of lower back problems so I prefer the upright position as it gives me the most comfort while on longer rides.

5) Not all of the choices in this guide will ask you what features you want. This will be best suited for riders looking for performance and speed.

6) Lastly, you should consider your budget for a Trek Bike and count the cost before choosing a price point.

Many of the better quality Trek Bikes on this site tend to be pricer around the mid $1,000 – $2,000 and up.

By the end of these steps, a Trek Bike solution will be presented to you.

If you are still undecided on which Trek Bike to buy after walking through the step-by-step guide, then it is best to find a Trek Bicycle dealer near you. You can easily find one by clicking here.

What Size Trek Bike Should I Buy?

This is a very loaded question and one short answer will not do, but I’ll point you in the right direction.
One of the first things I ask a person is what’s their height and recommend measuring from their foot up to their hip to get an estimate of how tall a bike should sit.

Trek Bikes website provides a good size guide as well that walks you through this process.

My best tip has always been to get a bike fit from your local bicycle shop. But, I also feel this is not the luxury that everyone deems necessary.

In my experience when it comes to road bikes, I do know that depending on your size, Trek Bikes will be sized according to your height and measured in centimeters.

Trek Bikes come in a vast range of shapes and sizes. These can range from 44cm to 62 cm.

You also must consider that the virtual measurements when compared to the actual fit will vary.

So, once again getting a bike fit at a local bike shop will save you some time and confusion trying to figure this out on your own.

Are Trek Bikes Worth The Money?

If you’re questioning whether a Trek Bike is worth it or not I’m assuming that you are thinking of the price and value that you’re getting for what it’s worth.

In my honest opinion, being an owner of a Trek Bike I think that this is a personal question that you need to think about yourself and it depends on what you value in a bike.

I actually talk about this more in-depth in a previous post which you can read here.

Now to help you decide whether a Trek Bike is worth it there are a few things that you should consider.

Trek bikes are more high-end bikes and are priced relatively the same as their competitor’s bikes.

Now, the price of these bikes may put some cyclists off because they feel as though they can get a better bike with the same components for a lesser price, and that may be true.

But, when you are buying a Trek Bike, not only are you paying for the brand name but a bike built with a different geometry than other bikes that may be in the market.

These bikes are more high-end because they have put money into designing a more optimized bike.

Trek Bikes are constantly working to build better bikes with quality and high-end tech in mind.

Unlike lower-end bikes that you may find at Walmart or some of the “big box name” chain stores, at least with Trek bikes, you’re getting a quality bike that won’t be pieced together with parts that will fall apart or become defective.

So, in conclusion, I feel as though my purchase of a Trek Bike was worth it and if I was in the mode of purchasing another bike it would be a Trek Bike.

Should I Buy A Used Trek Bike?

I have this motto, that’s not new, but it goes,” Sometimes cheaper isn’t always better”. Yup, I actually told this to my life insurance broker who was trying to save me some money on my premium. But I took a hard pass.

If you’ve done your research, know the condition of the used bike, and after having assessed all the risks associated with buying a used Trek Bike, then go for it. I’ve actually contemplated purchasing a used Trek Bike to save some money on a high-end performance bike.

One positive to buying a used bike, in general, is that it is much simpler than buying a used car. You can check out all the components and their condition without using tools or having to take it to a mechanic to look it over.

So What Are Some Things You Should Look Out For When You Get A Used Bike?

  • Check the bikes’ frame and make sure it’s not cracked bent or rusting
  • Check to see if the headset of the handlebars is loose and if the bearings are all there
  • Spin the wheels and look to see if the wheel frame is bent
  • Check the wheel spokes for any loose spokes
  • Take a look at the brake pads if the bike uses rim brakes
  • Inspect bikes with disc brakes for dirt and debris; check to make sure they are not bent or worn out
  • Check the tires and see how worn they are and whether there are cuts

Inspect the cassettes and see how much wear it has (dirt, build-up gunk) and whether there are missing teeth on the cassette.

It’s important to check the chain on the bike and pull a link of the chain to see whether or not it gives too much.

More importantly, you should try the bike and take it for a short ride to get a feel of how it handles.

Some places online where you can check out used Trek Bikes and others are below:

Bicycle Blue Book

Trek Bicycle Superstore

Also, check out this video on what’s involved in getting a used bike up and running like new again.

Who Should Not Buy A Trek Bike?

The reason I feel this question is valid to input here is that there are options to choose from when buying a bike and too many will try to sell you on a bike without telling you who it’s for.

I’m pretty biased when it comes to owning a Trek Bike but to be fair it’s important to know who a Trek Bike is Not for.

For brand loyalty reasons, some professional and competitive cyclists have been bound to certain brand contracts and they would not want to jeopardize that by buying a competitor’s brand.

Some people who are adamant about having a bike that is made in America and against foreign-made or foreign products should not buy a Trek Bike because not all of their bikes are made in the United States.

Those who do not care about the performance, innovation, and tech of Trek Bikes should not buy them. The fact that they are at the forefront of building the next trend in bicycles may not matter to you.

Following a series of events throughout 2020, people have spoken out against Trek Bikes when their bikes provided to police forces were used as shields and weapons against protestors.

Trek Bikes which is not a political company but a bicycle company, can’t control what people do with their bikes. But, at the beginning of this unjust, Trek was not divesting supplying bikes to police forces.

Those who watch on may have been turned off by this and chose not to buy a Trek Bike due to the bad name it would bring upon them.

Later though, Trek’s president took action to stop supplying bikes to police forces, cancel all contracts and sponsorships to police departments.

Should I Buy A Project One Trek Bike?

First off, Project One is Trek Bikes’ online program for customizing your own Trek Bike. Think of it as the Nike ID for shoes but with bikes.

Unless you have $10,000+ dollars to spare or you cycle professionally, then it’s not necessary to buy a Project One Bike.

The bikes you have to purchase to build a bike through Project one are the Trek Domane bike, Trek Emonda, and Trek Madone bike. These are the most expensive bikes in the Trek Bikes lineup. But the best thing is that these bikes are handbuilt in the United States.

To be honest, if I had the desire and spare $10,000+ to purchase one of these bikes then I would in a heartbeat.

These bikes are the ones that professional cyclists ride and how cool would it feel to ride one of those Project One Bikes with all the custom upgrades.

Now for those who do have $10k lying around to purchase a Project One Bike, what are you getting for your investment?

What most people don’t know is that a Project One Bike is unique and very specific to you. In other words your DREAM Bike.

You’ll need to get a professional bike fitter to fit you on a bike perfectly.

Next, you will be able to customize a Trek Bike choosing unique paint schemes, different component group sets, frames, tires, shifters, cranks, and whatever you like.

On average, there is a 2-6 weeks turnaround from placing the order to delivery at a local bike shop.

When it gets to the bike shop it will need to be assembled by the shop. Once you go to pick up the bike there may be a few minor tweaks to adjust the bike for you, then you’re set after that with a custom bike fit just for you.

Related questions

Why are Trek Bikes So Expensive?

The most important part of a bicycle is its frame. Add in a carbon frame, high-end bike components, and innovative technology, then you’ve got yourself an expensive bike.

What many people don’t realize is that a lot of the specialty bike companies like Trek and others can charge so much because the materials and innovative bike components have trickled down from their premium bikes that are $10,000+ and they’ll put some of those features into their entry-level bikes, you might say, which justifies the markup.

The parts that can make a bike expensive start with the frame.

Some frames are made completely of carbon fiber, which is aerospace-type material and very expensive to make.

To make a bike lighter, Trek Bikes and other companies use carbon fiber which is stiff, lightweight and dampens some of the vibrations from the road.

Much research and development cost goes into building these high-end bikes priced around $10,000.

Manufacturers factor in these costs as an investment which then allows them to develop high-quality bikes priced at $1000 – $2000 or more.

Are Trek Bikes Made in China?

To answer this question you have to understand why companies outsource to China and other Asian countries. It’s a huge cost reduction and allows them to mass-produce products faster than if it was manufactured solely in the United States.

From research, all we can really assume is that Trek manufactures a portion of their bikes in the United States and the other portions among the 90 countries they do business with including China.

No one really knows the exact numbers, except for Trek Bikes.

Trek Bikes started in Waterloo, Wisconsin but to reach a worldwide appeal some manufacturing in other countries was in order.

Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

A number of high-end bike brands such as Giant, S-Works, Scotts, and Colnago outsource their bikes overseas.

Many of the overseas manufacturers work side by side with United States manufacturers that set quality standards in place and rely on OEM, original equipment manufacturers.

7 Ways To Make Money With Bikes

I want to share with you how you can make money with bikes.

How to make money with bikes?  You need to provide or sell a service to people who will continue to have a need for it on a regular basis.  In today’s market where many businesses can now do business online, it makes it difficult for traditional brick-and-mortar businesses to succeed.  But with bike-driven services, excluding the business of e-commerce, many can still make money with bikes through delivery apps, repair services, custom parts & products, and bike-sharing platforms.

I also noted some ways you may not have thought of that can also help you to make money with bikes.

These ideas may not make you wealthy but will be practical and simple enough an amateur could do it.  Also, I find the gig economy and sharing economy to be very cool so I added some of those applications too.

Overall, I hope you find the following to be informative and entertaining.

Be A Courier For Caviar

This San Francisco-based startup has made it more convenient for customers to order from their favorite restaurants who don’t have time to pick up food at a restaurant and or can’t physically get out.  

It’s a service that provides food delivery from local restaurants to homes and offices. ⠀

Yet, many people still do not know about Caviar. It might be that they are popular among heavily dense populations like SF, Los Angeles, New York, and others. But they’re becoming more popular.⠀

As a courier, one benefit of this side gig is the flexibility to choose when and where you want to work. You can also choose to bike, drive, and or deliver by Boosted Board (Don’t say I told you so, LOL)⠀

The caveat with working for apps like Caviar though is that you’re an independent contractor. You will not become wealthy but it is an easy way to make some quick cash.⠀

Sign up and try out Caviar today: https://www.trycaviar.com/apply

If you don’t want to deliver but would like to order food then use my referral code for $10 off your first order: trycaviarapp

List Your Bike On Spinlister

The Spinlister app is a peer-to-peer global bike-sharing platform that you can use to rent out your unused or spare bike to make some extra cash.

Some bicycle collectors have raked-in-the-cash by renting out some of their fleets, creating a side business just from renting out bikes. Bike rental rates can range from $20 – $30 a day for most bikes. While more high-end bikes rent out for $80-$100 dollars a day. It depends on the type of bike your renting and the duration you plan on renting it for.

I’m an avid Spinlister user myself so I can vouch for this platform being legit and very easy to rent some nice and unique bikes for your next adventure.

Rent out your next ride near you: https://www.spinlister.com/

Create Accessories From Upcycled Materials

Do you love art? Perhaps, you have an eye for fashion & design?

There are great artists who have created accessories like belts, jewelry, and bags from upcycled bicycle tires and inner tubes.

What makes these items so great is that they are hand-made custom pieces, made of quality materials, and durable.

Materials such as bicycle tires and inner tubes can be obtained relatively cheap or even free. Also learning how to design and DIY accessories is not that hard at all. Just check out YouTube or Pinterest where there are hundreds of tutorials and guides on how to do this.

I highly recommend you to follow these IG accounts for inspiration or even to purchase some of their unique fashion:

@laura_zabo

@neo_matic

@artcyclebali

@bohemiancrafted

Start upcycling today and help reduce the waste making for a cleaner environment!

Buy, Repair, And Sell Bikes

Now, to really make money with this it would be a plus if you know a little bit about how to fix and repair bikes.

Many bikes are either sitting in garages or end up in the next garage sale.

Some bikes are on the lower end, but if you do your homework you can still find some great bikes on Craigslist and other apps like Offerup & Letgo! that you can resell.

There is a website I’ve come across in which you might be able to obtain a free bicycle and sell for a profit. (This is very rare but possible.) The site is:
freecycle.org

If you can barter well, you might get a great trade on a bike that you can then later sell.

This way of making money with bikes will take time and patience but might be very lucrative for the skilled reseller.

Start A Blog in 2020

For many years I often found myself drowning in wishful thinking that a passion would fall in my lap and I would write about it. Over time, through my passion for cycling, a blog was developed.

What’s even more interesting on this path, I’ve discovered something can be learned from cycling. I found out that cycling not only builds up health and fitness attributes but things that may go unseen by others.

Now we all fall short sometimes, and some challenges are not as easy to face. So while you’re out riding one day it may help to let your mind work through the challenges.

Cycling can be mental as it is physical to complete your purpose. You have to be mentally prepared to undergo a challenge before accomplishing that goal.

What I’ve learned from cycling is the courage to take on new challenges. Sure it’s empowering to push yourself to go a long distance in a matter of hours, for instance, making your first century.

But I’ve been put to the test to try other things related to road cycling, like building a blog, starting a YouTube channel and learning about digital marketing.

As of recently, I’ve enhanced this skill through my research and by taking a course called Project 24.

They give you 60 steps. A step-by-step course on how to build a profitable niche site. The course is packed full of video training and resources.

There are recipes taught on how to find low competition keywords that drive traffic organically and help you dominate SEO.

If you’re a complete beginner they even give a step-by-step process on how to set up a WordPress website.

Many advanced niche site builders/bloggers would be blown away by the content in the course to help them improve their niche sites as well as starting a YouTube channel to help push traffic to it.

Bike Detailing

I was inspired by this YouTuber “RidesofJapan” when coming up with this idea. This Youtuber posted a video that talked about his greatest obsession with cleaning his bike.

After watching his video he shows you how he cleans his bike every Sunday getting the chain clean which he advocates, “A clean bike = A silent bike and A silent bike = Happy Days.”

Now, when I watched this video I thought to myself that this is crazy.

Who would spend so much time cleaning their bike every single week or after every 62 -100 miles.

But, it dawned on me that someone could turn this into a service business.

You could charge people $25- $50 per bike to clean it in detail to the extent that RidesofJapan shows you in his video.

If you are willing to invest the time and effort this could be a mobile business that you can do in your local area and make some extra cash with bikes.

Cargo Bike Delivery

What if I lent you $10,000 to Quit Your Job and start a cargo bike delivery business?

This is exactly what Amazon.com, Inc is doing in New York, USA.

In the New York Times, there was an article published that stated how some delivery businesses are trying to replace trucks that are on the streets of New York with cargo bikes.

Companies like DHL, Amazon, and Ups are a few of the businesses looking to take advantage of this.

Amazon.com, Inc has given this incentive a try or has taken the lead to implement this program to launch 100 cargo bikes with 90 of them being from Amazon.

This will encourage drivers to get off these trucks and on pedal-assist cargo bikes, delivering to and from businesses in the city.

This not only will it reduce traffic tremendously but also the pollution that emits from diesel trucks and automobiles in New York.

You can read more details about this program and its benefits here.