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Road Bikes

Men's Road Bikes
Woman's Road Bikes
Cyclocross, Gravel & Touring Bikes

Road Bikes

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Ladies Road & Beyond Road Bikes

Ladies models typically have adjusted geometry to fit a "stereotypical" lady: meaning longer legs, shorter torso, short arms and narrower shoulders than a same-sized male. Some ladies don't have the proportions that make sense of a lady's fit. Be open to the idea of a unisex (mens) bike if that is the case...

Giant/Liv Avail

The Liv/Giant Avail series of bikes is one of the most popular lines of road bikes designed for the ladies. With category leading ride quality and carbon technology it is a bit amazing that these bikes are "best in class" value as well.

Avail bikes are designed to be comfortable yet they have enough flexibility to fit quite aggressively too. We love this feature because we can initially fit the bike quite comfortably then adjust as the riders fitness, core-strength and flexibility start to suit a more aggressive set up.

2017 Giant/Liv Avail Advanced 1

22 Speed Shimano Ultegra groupo

34/50T Cranks & 11-32 cassette

Shimano Hydraulic disc brakes for increased power, especially in wet

Giant PR-2 Rims

$2699 SALE $2499 xs only

2018 Giant/Liv Invite

Alloy frame / carbon fork 18 Speed Shimano Sora groupo

32/48 geared Cranks & 11-34 cassette for great gearing for hills and all around

TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes for amazing performance and reliability

comfort and reliability and reduced fuss of flat tires


2018 Giant/Liv Invite CoMax

Carbon frame / carbon fork offer light weight and smooth ride 20 Speed Shimano Tiagra groupo

34/48 geared Cranks & 11-34 cassette for great gearing for hills and all around

TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes for amazing performance and reliability

comfort and reliability and reduced fuss of flat tires


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Cyclocross, Touring, Gravel, "Beyond Road" Bikes

Cyclocross bikes have become very popular. The idea of a bike that appears at a glance to be a road bike but has a bad attitude and yearning for the rough stuff pretty much sums up a cyclocross bike. These bikes are used to race, commute, tour and road ride. So versatile, so sexy. These can be fabulous commuter bikes! Fast meets Efficient meets Tough.

Touring, Gravel and "Beyond Road" bikes are one of the fastest growing categories. I lump them all together here because in many cases the bikes are designed to do each of these to some extent. The big trade off these bikes make, when compared to a traditional road bike, is concentrating on ride comfort and the bike's durability instead of being all about light-weight. A common trick can be having a second set of tires to give the feeling of 2 bikes in one: as in you buy a TCX Adv SX that comes with stock 40c wide tires, buy a second set of 28c wide tires for those days that will be spent on pavement riding with your roady friends.

Factors that should be considered when deciding on these "utility-road" bikes are: 1)Where are you going to ride?, 2)Do you want to mount bags - if so, how moany, 3)What is your primary use and "other" uses?

Lastly, as a rider who has fallen in love with the "Beyond" style road bike there are two big things to consider: 1)You are not stuck planning rides only on perfect asphalt; the attitude shifts to adding some exploring, riding paths and seeing what might be down that gravel road, 2)People expect a noticable difference in speed between "pure road" and "beyond road". From my experience you still get that great feeling of riding really fast and tires that are very quick. Perhaps the only time you would notice the 2% difference in speed is if you ride with a group of roadies on ultra-light bikes who enjoy pushing the pace. Otherwise, I find these "beyond road" bikes to be a much more ideal bike for most of us average-Joes... and that is why we've pretty much switched to these types of bikes.

2018 Giant Anyroad 1

Alloy frame and carbon fork

Shimano Tiagra 20 speed drivetrain

Trusty and simple TRP Spyre mechanical disk brakes with second set of brake levers on "flats" of handlebars

Giant 28c tires

This is an upright, sturdy, durable bike for road, paths, commuting, light gravel


2018 Giant Anyroad Advanced

Advanced grade Carbon frame and carbon fork

Shimano 105 22 speed drivetrain

Trusty and simple TRP Spyre mechanical disk brakes with second set of brake levers on "flats" of handlebars

Giant 30c tires

This is a light, upright, sturdy, durable bike for road, paths, commuting, light gravel


2018 Marin Cortina AX2

Alloy frame and carbon fork (both can handle up to 40c width tires)

Sram APEX 1x11 drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes

Thru-axles front and rear

Tubeless ready Schwalbe 35c tires and tubeless compatible rims

This could be an awesome "1 bike" to ride road and gravel and race cyclocross

$2779 sold out

2018 Giant TCX Advanced SX

Carbon frame and carbon fork

Sram APEX 1x11 drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes

Thru-axles front and rear

Tubeless Ready Maxxis Rambler Tubeless tires and tubeless compatible rims

This could be an awesome "1 bike" to ride road and gravel and race cyclocross


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2018 Marin Gestalt 1

Alloy frame and fork

TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes

Shimano Sora 18 speed with broad range of gears that are city & road appropriate


2018 Marin Gestalt 2

Alloy frame and carbon fork

TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes

Shimano Tiagra 20 speed with broad range of gears that are city & road appropriate


2018 Marin Four Corners

Cromolly frame and fork for smooth ride and durability

A new approach to frame design resulting in added stability and better fit

TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes

Shimano Sora 27 speed with broad range of gears that make steep hills possible even when loaded with pots and pans

SALE $1269, reg $1359

2018 Marin Four Corners

Cromolly frame and fork for smooth ride and durability

A new approach to frame design resulting in added stability and better fit

TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes

Shimano Sora 27 speed with broad range of gears that make steep hills possible even when loaded with pots and pans


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Road Bike Wisdom

Why Spandex Shorts?
  1. Because that is just what you do.
  2. You don't want fabric flapping in the breeze - wind is the enemy.
  3. Pedal at a cadence of 90 rpm for 3 hours. Loose fabric will rub exposed skin over 16,000 times.
  4. The chamois (ass padding) needs to be held firmly in place or it too will rub your ass or inner thighs 16,000 times.
  5. At the end of the season you can see how good the season was by looking at the perfectly defined tan line on your thighs.
  6. Seeing your leg muscles develop is awesome incentive and reward for riding lots.
  7. Non-cyclists look at you funny when you wear your spandex. Cyclists (other roadies at least) look at you funny if you aren't wearing spandex (during a ride).

There are no reasons to wear spandex if you aren't cycling. None. (Unless you're dressing as Axel Rose for Halloween).

Why Bright Jerseys?
  1. Because that is just what you do.
  2. Being seen by motorists is safe.
  3. Our bikes don't have motors. We can't make obnoxious noises like the Harley guys to be noticed by motorists. We have to wear noise.
  4. Easier to find in the drawer full of free white T-shirts from every event, run, charity and work picnic you've attended.

Why the funny shoes?
  1. Cycling shoes have rigid soles which transfer energy best
  2. Foot cramps: would be brutal trying to ride for a few hours in regular shoes
  3. Clipping into your pedals allows you to push and pull and prevents feet from slipping all over the pedals
  4. A secret yearning to sound like Sammy Davis Jr. (think tap-shoes) when you walk into a cafe
  5. When you walk into the cafe, other cyclists will know you are hardcore

Why Carbon?
  1. Carbon is aweseme
  2. The more carbon on your bike, the more carbon it will feel and sound
  3. A well made carbon frame or structural part (fork, handlebar, stem, crank, seatpost) results in an undescribable feel. Less vibration, more mmmmmmmmm.
  4. Carbon is LIGHT.

Why the slim/unpadded seats?
  1. It proves you're hardcore
  2. Anything that feels soft and cushy on a 15 minute ride, will feel aweful on a 150 km ride
  3. a Wide seat would rub you in the wrong places 16,000 times in 3 hours
  4. If you're positioned correctly and ride lots, a good, slim/unpadded saddle is the most comfortable choice.
Why Shaved Legs?
  1. Tradition. It has always been done by roadies and always will
  2. Massage. In an ideal world, every ride over 100km is followed by a leg massage which just doesn't feel as good with hairy legs
  3. Hair Shorts. This is when your leg-hair passes through your spandex. Looks like yuk and and feels not much better.
  4. Easier to get bandages to stick to smooth skin and clean thoroughly
  5. Cyclists legs are like hot-rod engines - clean and polished is the way to treat a quality machine
  6. Helps to show muscle definition - a great motivator for serious cyclists
  7. You aren't a hypocrite when bugging your wife/girl-friend about keeping their legs nice and smooth
  8. Psychological: smooth legs are like the tour athlete's, so they must be faster
  9. Easier to get a perfectly defined tan line.
  10. If your life revolves around road bikes; shaving the legs is a must; back to #1 - Tradition.

An interesting vantage point for an artsy road riding picture.
9 Random Road Bike Thoughts

  1. Forget your modesty. Spandex is frightening in regular life but serves a purpose on a road bike. You'll cut through the wind, reduce abrasion on your private parts and look funny in the mirror. The ass-padding is crucial for riding comfort! Life is cruel to some of us.
  2. Pain? Your ass will hurt at first. No matter how good or expensive your saddle, the first rides of the season will cause discomfort. Suck it up. If you don't find relief after your third ride, buy a better saddle.
  3. Straight legs are for tables. Your legs should not straighten completely at the bottom of the pedal stroke - go directly to Bike Bros, get fitted, quit wrecking your knees.
  4. Pump up your tires. 100 psi is great for most riders on most road bikes. Do Not exceed the tires recommended maximum pressure but for tires with a max pressure of 160psi (for example) that is and indication of how much pressure the tire can handle, not a recommendation for riding pressure.
  5. Take plenty of water, a small tool kit, small pump, wind vest and a credit card. The water should be sipped regularly. The other stuff will just sit there and do nothing. On the other hand, if you don't have it, that'll be the ride your derailleur will get tweaked, you'll pop a tire and get the urge for a coffee at your destination.
  6. Think posture. Try to keep your upper body relaxed. Keep arms and shoulders loose or you'll waste valuable energy looking like a statue.
  7. Be a geek. A bike computer is your friend. Get one with cadence so you can be sure you're pedalling in the zone - the zone ranges from 80-100+ rpm - this is where you get max output from min input.
  8. Wear a helmet. Riding a wheelchair is way less fun than riding a bike.
  9. Learn to ride in a group. Start with 1 or 2 friends. See how it feels to draft behind a friend, take turns pulling (guy at the front).

I'm writing this while there is a foot of snow on the ground and the temperature is -20. Please mama, take me some place warm. I need to ride.

Road Bikes: an introduction.

New road bikes are expensive. Old road bikes suck. Hence the need for a new bike.

Here are some tips

  1. Road Bikes start at $800 and sky is the limit for price after that.
  2. $800 bikes weigh 23-24lbs. $6000 bikes weigh 15lbs. Part of what you pay for is saving weight.
  3. From cheapest to expensive, Shimano components groups are; Sora, Tiagra, 105, Ultegra and finally Dura Ace.
  4. Campagnolo (Campy) cheapest to most expensive is Veloce, Centaur, Athena, Chorus, Record, Super Record. You won't see many bikes around with less than Chorus - Chorus bikes start at about $5500.
  5. Sram cheapest to pricey are: Apex, Rival, Force, Red
  6. Wheels: Every bit as important as the quality of the components. Saving weight on wheels and getting smoother rolling hubs may be more important than stepping up to the next level gruppo on your bike.
  7. In General: as prices increase, weight goes down, tollerences are tighter (better fit and finish), performance goes up.
  8. There are cases where spending more money will result in a bike less suitable for a novice rider. Between how a bike "feels" and how it is geared, some ultra expensive bikes may be very light - but be less fun to ride for beginners.
  9. Carbon is awesome. Get as much carbon fiber on your bike as possible. There is something magical about .
  10. Road Bikes are not touring bikes. Don't load road bikes with bulky, heavy paniers. You will experience endless flats, be uncomfortable and potentially damage your bike. We can get you into a touring bike if that is your goal!

Road Bike Technology

Gears: Road Bikes need gears - lotsa them. This is the key to keeping your cadence (pedalling speed) in that max output/min input mode. If you are new to road riding, bike companies are doing a much better job of catering to your needs with enough gears and broad enough range of gears that hills will be doable and perhaps ever fun.

Modern road bikes have either 20 or 22 speeds. The shifting is indexed, meaning your shifter clicks into each gear - when adjusted correctly (we are the only shop in the world that can do this) the shifting will be smooth, quiet and quick. These days, if you hear "10 speed", that refers to the number of sprockets on the rear wheel - resulting in up to 30 speeds (10X3). 11 Speed is becoming the new standard so most new bikes are 22 speeds (2x11).

Frames & Forks: Carbon is light, strong and absorbs vibration. Carbon has become so popular that we seldom sell non-carbon road bikes. Even for cyclists who claim, "I'm not that serious", once they try a carbon bike they can't imagine buying anything else.

Road Race Terminology

Attack A sudden attempt to get away from another rider

Blocking When a rider tries to get in the way of other riders, usually done as part of a team strategy to slow down the main field when other team members are ahead in a breakaway

Bonk Known as "hitting ht wall" in marathon running, this is when a rider completely runs out of energy

Boink If you're lucky, you get this from your partner (and a massage) following each ride. If you're unlucky, you can't do this because you have been riding a bad saddle for too long.

Breakaway When a rider or group of riders gets off the front of the main pack.

Breaking Away A classic cycling movie

Bridge the Gap When a rider or group of riders is attempting to reach a group farther ahead

Chasers Riders who are attempting to "bridge the gap" to catch the lead group. Can also refer to whatever follows cheap tequila.

Compact Cranks with only two, smaller sprockets than traditional. They provide a wider range of gears, especially lower gears.

Criterium A multi-lap event on a course usually a mile or less in length and of medium total distance, usually 25-75 miles

Derailleur The mechanism that moves the chain from one gear to another

Director Sportif Pronounced "Director sporteef" this is the manager of the team

Domestique A rider who sacrifices any individual honors to the team leader who is in contention to win

Drafting Riding closely behind another rider, which creates a slipstream, or air pocket. The lead rider expends up to 30 percent more energy than the following rider does

Drop To leave another rider or riders behind by attacking. Losing contact with the group in which they are riding will drop fatigued riders

Echelon In strong side-winds, echelons form. Instead of riders all being one behind the other, the group is angled off to the side away from the wind.

Feeding At some point during a long road race it is necessary for riders to replace expended energy. Riders are given a "musette," a small cloth bag, containing food and water bottles. Riders grab the bag from the team support personnel, remove the contents and put them in the pockets of their jerseys to eat when most convenient. They generally prefer high-energy foods that break down quickly.

Field The main group of riders, also known as the "pack," "peloton," or "bunch". If you are riding in Banff and you pass Field you have gone too far.

Field Sprint The final sprint between a group of riders, not necessarily for first place

Force the Pace When one rider or team goes harder than the pack to increase the tempo

Gap The distance between individuals or groups. The place you'd find clothing absolutely not suited for riding a road bike.

Gravel Bike A drop bar bike with fatter tires for rider comfort, bike handling and reduced tire issues off pavement. Geometry tweeks make these bike a bit more comfortable and handle bumpy conditions better than road or CX bikess.

Hammering Very steady, strenuous pedaling usually done with baggy -80s style pants, as in Hammer Time. Also called "jamming"

Hanging On Barely keeping contact at the back of the pack

Hook When one rider, either on purpose or by accident, uses his/her rear wheel to hit the front wheel of the rider behind him/her.

Jim Informed me my definitions for echelon and breakaway were screwey so I promptly fixed.

Jump A sudden acceleration, often at the start of the sprint. Or a Van Halen tune, often at the front of 1984 album, as in hide - your buddies are coming over.

Kick The final burst of speed in a sprint. If someone has "kick" it typically means they can accellerate where other riders are topped out for speed.

Lead Out An intentional and often sacrificial move where one rider begins a sprint to give a head start to another rider (usually a teammate) on his rear wheel, who then comes around at an even faster speed to take the win.

Musette The flimsy bag given to riders at feed stations. Often filled with bananas, water bottles, flat coke.... Also a cafe in Vancouver catering to cyclists.

Neo-Pro Cycling's term for a rookie at the professional level

Pace Line See "echelon"

Pack See "field"

Peloton See "field"

Prime Pronounced "preem." A race-within-a-race where riders sprint for prizes on a designated lap or at a certain point in a race, i.e., the "sponsor" Teamwork Challenge. Also known as a the stupidest thing you will ever do for a free water bottle.

Pull To take a turn at the front and break the wind for the other riders in the pack.

Pull Off To move to one side so that another rider can take a turn at the front.

Pull Through Move to the front of a pace line, from second spot, after the lead riders swings off to the front.

Roadie Someone who rides a road bike. Also someone who is good with duct tape.

Road Rash A term for the scabs and marks caused by a crash. Ouch!

Sitting In When one rider refuses to take a pull and break the wind for the group in which he/she is riding. A derogatory term is "Wheel Sucker"

Slipstream The pocket of air created by a moving rider, just as in automobile or motorcycle racing. See "drafting". Also see what is in your parent's driveway - the silver thing.

Soigneur Pronounced "Swa-neur" Comparable to a trainer in other sports, this person gives massages and watches the physical health of the riders along with the team doctors

Spinning Pedalling at a high cadence.

Sprint A sudden burst of speed for the finish of a race involving more than one rider. Also a 1000-meter event on a bicycle track called a "velodrome."

Stage Race A series of individual races- time trials, road races, circuit races or criteriums - grouped into one event that lasts several days. The rider who has the lowest accumulated time for all stages determines the winner. The most famous stage race in the world is the Tour de France, which spans 2,500 miles in 21 or 22 days.

Take a Flyer When one rider goes off the front of the pack, usually alone.

Time Trial An individual race against the clock, often called the "race of truth."

Tri Bike A bike specifically designed for triathalon racing. Has steeper seat-tube and aero bars. These designs are forbidden in road racing because they do not follow the guidelines established to control bike design. The price tag will ensure you don't confuse with tri-cycle.

Track Bike A bike designed for Velodrome racing. True track bikes have one fixed gear, are very light, have short cranks (so the pedals don't hit the steeply banked velodrome corners.)

Triple A term for cranks with 3 gears or what you order after a bad race.

Velodrome An oval banked track, usually 333.33 meters in length. In general, track riders and road riders compete in separate kinds of events. The difference in training and ability is similar to the difference between sprinters and long-distance runners.

Wheel Sucker A derogatory term, referring to a rider who always sits in and never expends any energy by taking a pull at the front.

Riding Gravel

We're hearing of more and more people who are looking to explore a little further, get away from traffic and get out for an epic ride - and for them Gravel Roads are a treat. South of the border this has increased in popularity so much that gravel racing is becoming its own sport. Key features for a gravel bike: tires with a bit more volume than traditional road tires, slightley relaxed frame geometry and the use of cromolly in the frame. Disc brakes are common too. Get yourself a Raleigh Tamland and see how far you can go...