Published : Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 12:36 PM
The Pasadena Cyclery has been in business for 40 years and their staff knows a thing or two about bikes. This third-generation family owned shop is a one-stop shop of cycling enthusiasts and people looking to get started with the sport. They offer everything from custom bike fittings to safety information and stock a variety of cycles. We spoke with Daniel Purnell, Marketing Manager at the Pasadena Cyclery, about some basics on cycling.
First things first, it’s important to decide what type of terrain you will be riding your bike on. Will you be commuting on city streets or riding on trails? Do you expect to travel long distances with this bike or stay within a lower mileage range?
“I suggest that people get bikes that can grow with their riding abilities,” he said. “I’ve seen too many people outgrow their bikes too quickly.”
Purnell adds that bikes built for longer rides tend to have multiple hand positions, lighter frames and gears to adjust speeds. Basic bike styles include road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, comfort bikes and cruisers. Bike specialists can help you pick the best bike for your needs, in general, road bikes work best for pavement and mountain bikes for off-road. The Pasadena Cyclery suggests hybrids for commuting, errands, getting in shape and all-around fun and recommends cruisers for a more leisurely ride.
In addition to selling bikes, accessories and offering repairs and maintenance, the Pasadena Cyclery is home to many riding groups. Stop by the store for Pasadena Women’s Ride, Sunday Morning Neighborhood Stroll,Tuesday Night Rides and a Tuesday Night Taco Ride.
“Women’s cycling has become a lot more popular in the last ten years,” said Purnell.
He explains that the Pasadena Womens Riders group is a great place to get started. They meet Tuesday nights and have an intermediate and advanced group – they ride together to Descanso Gardens and the Rose Bowl, respectively. These groups are a great chance to learn more about cycling and bike maintenance as well as meet local riders.
“The advice I would give to riders is to think about visibility,” said Purnell. “It’s not something a lot of people talk about.”
In order to stay safe and be seen, Purnell points to a study using research conducted by students of Clemson University’s Perceptual Awareness department. It outlines the ABCs of Awareness—Always on means having lights on your bike day and night; Biomotion suggests highlighting moving parts with reflective items, and Contrast entails dressing in a way that makes you stand out from your surroundings.
For more bicycling tips and to find your ideal cycle visit The Pasadena Cyclery at 1670 East Walnut Street. Call (626) 795-2866 or visit http://pasadenacyclery.com/.