Take KARE of Your Money: Buying a bike

10:19 AM, Jun 6, 2012   |    comments
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LONG LAKE, Minn. - From a few hundreds to a few thousand dollars, it's enough to make your head spin. KARE headed to Gear West in Long Lake to check on some of the basics of bike riding with Kevin O'Connor.

Kevin asks, "Are you gonna be riding on the trails? Will you be riding on the road? What about using some of the many bike paths across the city to commute on or are you just going out for pleasure riding?"

Once you narrow down the where, it also helps to narrow down the price. Knowing how you want to ride is also helpful.

A comfort hybrid bike is a combination of mountain and racing style bike. You'll sit further back in relation to the pedals and more upright.

Performance hybrid bikes are meant for speed while traveling on roads and you'll sit in a more athletic position.

Then there's the road bike, built simply for the sport of biking.

The comfort and performance hybrids run anywhere from $400 to $1,300 with a road bike priced $800 to $9,000.

Also these days, the casual rider can find gelled seats that quickly adjust, some bikes even have handle bars which also adjust.

As much as comfort is key, so is durability. If you do buy, no matter which bike, it's built to last. Part of what you're paying for is its longevity.

O'Connor says remember that prices don't vary much and neither does service. Just be comfortable and confident with your bike shop.

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