saved the bicycle industry. For a long time,
bike manufacturers were so concerned with selling
speed, flash, and hyped-up products that comfort was
forgotten. They did sell a LOT of bikes, but
it seemed that very few people were riding what they
purchased. Repeat business from casual
cyclists was nearly lost. People weren't
riding, so they didn't need new equipment, repairs,
etc. Sales at bikes shops went stagnant.
Let's face it...if riding isn't comfortable, then it
isn't fun...if it isn't fun...who is going to
ride??? That is what we were faced with a few
years ago as an industry. Fortunately, in
addition to Hybrid bikes, we now have City
Bikes and Comfort Mountain Bikes.
These are bikes that are recreational in nature and
all about being cozy. Like a LazyBoy with
wheels! 26" wide, low pressure tires,
suspension seat posts and forks, and adjustable
handlebar stems all make these bikes comfortable and
fun for everyone and anyone!
Giant Sedona Comfort MTB - City
Giant Suede Comfort Bike
Raleigh Venture City Bike - Women's Frame Style
word Hybrid implies a "combination" or
"cross" between bikes. That is accurate.
is pretty much half-mountain-bike, half-road-bike.
The real important thing to keep in mind is that the
mountain-half of Hybrids is more about components
than about being able to use it off-road.
Hybrids are, for the most part, meant to be ridden
casually on pavement. Hitting a dirt road, or
loose gravel driveway once in a while is ok.
BUT, forget about using a hybrid in a rocky, rooty,
Hybrids are great recreational bikes. They
come totally decked out for comfort and they also
come in more sporty versions that are closer to a
pure-road bike in terms of feel. The 700c
road-sized, somewhat narrow, and high-pressure tires
make for smooth, fast rides on nicely kept roads.
Hybrids are great for our area where you can find
longer stretches of nice roads and even for the
great coastal riding available along The Sound!
Giant Cypress LX Hybrid Bike - Comfort for the
Raleigh Passage Hybrid Bike -
Smooth Tires, Upright Position,
Giant Cypress Ex - Comfort, Simplicity and
Durability for Commuting or Recreational Riding
Cypress EX Women's Style
Biking is a growing activity again.
We are happy for this as retailers, but also as
members of our community. Biking is a fun and
healthy activity. It creates, healthy and
happy people! A whole family can participate
in biking together on the same day. We have
many families who shop at Smart Cycles that wouldn't
miss a weekend of TOGETHERNESS
Kids, mom, dad, grandma,
grandapa and in some cases....GREAT GRANDPARENTS all
mount their bikes and go out together. We are always
stocked up to satisfy your whole family's biking
needs. Some basic family gear suggestions are:
- Comfort Bikes for
adults and teens
- Geared Bikes for
- Child carriers or
trailers for the infants - pets, or extra gear
- Helmets for
- Gloves for
- Water Bottles for
- Bike Locks for
- Rear Cargo Racks
for the adults
- Cycling Computers
for the adults and older kids
- Cycle Clothing for
may seem simple, but here are a few suggestions to
spice up your family biking excursions:
- Pack up the whole family and ride to the beach to
spend the whole day!
- Ride to the Maritime Center, Park the bikes and
spend a day learning about LONG ISLAND SOUND!
- Pack everyone up and head out towards the
shoreline or up north along the woodlands in WILTON
and WESTON. Stop along the way and make a
point to seek out and appreciate our local
wildlife. Do you know what your ANIMAL TOTEM
IS? Teach your kids about life using our wild
friends as an example...your kids will remember
these trips forever!
TO AND THROUGH THE TRAILS -
Ride your bikes to Cranbury Park in Norwalk. While
there, you can enjoy a picnic on the great lawn or
under the public pavilion. The kids can use
the playground, then you can all take a casual ride
through the trails at the park. The ride home
will cap off a fantastic day on wheels!