Road Bikes are built to be fast and efficient on pavement. They have the largest wheel size (700) and the thinnest tires (20c-28c) kept at the highest psi (100-120psi) for quick acceleration and high efficiency. These features make road bikes unsuitable for use on any terrain other than pavement. We carry a wide range of road bikes, from affordable alloy frames with basic Shimano components, to competitive race ready Hi-Mod carbon fiber frames tricked out with SRAM Red!
Endurance road bikes feature a longer head tube and shorter top tube to lift you up and back for a more upright rider position. The wheel base is lengthened for stability at high speeds and better tracking on descents. Look for this geometry in entry level/recreational models, and road bikes focused on distance riding. If you are looking for a fit that will be comfortable for longer rides, and easier on your lower back and shoulders, this is the geometry for you.
If you are uncomfortable on drop bars, we also have some flat bar road bikes with a relaxed fit geometry that would be perfect for you! Flat bar road bikes are perfect for beginners, commuters, or for the roadie who is looking for relief from back, shoulder, or neck pain.
Performance road bikes feature a shorter head tube and longer top tube to pull you forward and down into a more aggressive rider position. This geometry helps you generate more power, faster. Paired with a shorter wheelbase, these bikes accelerate quickly to give you the competitive edge you need for your upcoming race--or maybe you just like going fast! If that's the case, this is the geometry for you.
Triathlon/Time-Trial bikes are designed to be aerodynamic by streamlining the profile of the rider and the bike to eliminate dirty air. They feature aero bars for speed on descents and flats, and a geometry that shifts you forward so that about 60% of your weight is on your front wheel. In contrast, when riding a road bike, approximately 40% of your weight is on your front wheel, and 60% is on the rear wheel for stability and powerful climbs. Because of this weight shift, is very important that riders on Tri/TT bikes are confident in their bike handling skills before riding in groups!
We know our triathletes don't mess around, and that's why we carry only the very best – our bicycle department stocks the Cannondale Slice for men and women. Fast, light, and comfortable, this carbon fiber bike is sure to get you to finish line in record time!
Our selection of recreational/urban bikes have the largest wheel size (700) for great roll efficiency, paired with a beefy enough tire (32c-38c) to handle a variety of terrain including packed dirt, pavement and grass. They have a relaxed upright geometry for greater comfort on your lower-back, neck, and shoulders. There are two main types of Hybrids:
If you're looking for comfort in a recreational bike, this is the bike for you. Comfort Hybrids typically feature a suspension fork, suspension seat post, and gel inset saddle for an extra cushy ride! These bikes have a very upright geometry, comparable to that of a cruiser, but the frames are composed of aluminum alloy to keep them nice and light. They also feature user friendly grip shifts that typically range from 21 spd-27 spd, and (depending on the model) may have adjustable handlebars. Comfort bikes are great for cruising through the park, hitting the loop around BWI, riding the C&O canal on the weekend, or just playing in the neighborhood with your kids!
Fitness / Performance Hybrid:
Perfect if you're looking for a versatile bike for fitness or commuting, but are not quite ready to take the plunge and commit to a road bike! Performance hybrids typically have a stiff frame for higher mileage like a road bike, but can handle the alternate terrain that a road bike cannot. They are more aggressive than comfort hybrids, closer to the geometry of hardtail mountain bikes. Performance hybrids are available with a range of features and components, making some models close cousins to cyclocross or flat bar road bikes. Come check out our beginner to expert level fitness hybrids!
Our Kids bikes come in wheel sizes 12", 16", 20", and 24". We also carry a select variety of adult recreational mountain bikes (26" wheel) in X-Small and XX-Small sized frames that sit as low to the ground as a 24" kids bike. They are perfect for the tweener who needs a bit more growing room than a kids bike provides, but has not quite hit their growing spurt yet!