We’re comfortable buying all sorts of products online: from electronics to groceries, the convenience of clicking boxes and filling electronic shopping carts has become second nature. Avoiding traffic and crowded stores is definitely worth it--it's way better to shop from your couch! The aim of today’s blog is to demystify buying a bike online, so you know what to expect. A little homework can make finding, buying, and assembling the right bike as easy as it is convenient.
Think of diamondback.com as your hub for the process. It's a great resource for general bicycle knowledge, sizing charts, and tips on bike fitting.
Ready? Let's walk through buying a bike:
Bike categories are divided by function, so the first ask yourself some key questions:
Where do you see yourself riding your new bike?
How long are your rides going to be?
How aggressive of a position are you going to be okay with, or how aggressively are you going to be riding?
These questions will help you understand what category of bike are you looking for. Next look for a model that is the best fit for your riding style and budget. Be realistic. Make sure you’re honest about the type of riding you’ll be doing, and get the bike that fills that role. There are far too many full-carbon dust collectors sitting in garages, the result of overambitious bike purchases. If you’re going to be casually riding on paths, look for bikes that excel at casual path rides. We don’t all need race bikes. Poke around and find a bike that suits your needs.
Once you’ve landed on a model of bike, it's time to choose your size. It is as easy as “small, medium, or large.”
From our Airen 5 page
Choosing a frame size is just that simple. You'll find these under "sizing" for each bike. You can check the bike's "standover height" against your inseam to be extra sure: you want about 1" of clearance for road bikes and 2-3" for mountain/comfort bikes.
With sizing determined, buy your bike: it's only a few clicks away:
Sit back, relax, and have some cookies as your bike is shipped. Snickerdoodles are recommended.
Once your bike arrives, inspect the box for damage. If the box is torn, folded, or mutilated, refuse delivery. The packaging should be in good order, with no holes or tears. This is your bike we're talking about!
Diamondback bikes arrive nearly fully assembled, many with Ready Ride pre-assembly with the most difficult steps already taken care of. With Ready Ride bikes there are only 4 easy steps to get you riding in no time.
1. Slide in your seat post
2. Attach your bars
3. Tighten in your pedals
4. Secure your front wheel
That's it - Now you are Ready to Ride!
For standard build bikes the rear end of the bike will be complete, all you’ll need to do is assemble the front end: simple--about as difficult as changing a flat or checking your bolts before a ride. Don't let doubt creep in: bicycles have been around for over a hundred years and are still quite simple. Adjustments can be reversed and you're smarter than the bike. Take a deep breath, remember that there are directions in the box, and we have step-by-step guides online:
http://www.diamondback.com/assemble-your-standard-build-bike (Most bikes under $400.00 are standard build)
Now that you’ve decided to build your bike up, read through the complete instructions, gather your tools, and take your time. You’ll be surprised how easy it really is!
Our customer service department, masters of bike building, offer these tips:
Pay attention to which is the front and back of the fork. The brake goes in front!
Again: take your time. It's not complex, but it's better to build your bike right instead of building it again.
Once your bike is assembled, you’re ready to dial in your fit. As you personalize your bike, it's also a great time to look it over and make sure everything's tightened properly.
Seat height: a general rule for seat height has the side of your saddle hitting your hip bone.
The goal is to have your leg slightly bent when extended during the pedal stroke (i.e. at 6 o'clock). You'll know your seat is too high if your hips rock as you pedal. If your seat is too low, your knees, thighs, and back will get sore as they make up for a lack of efficiency. That slight knee bend is what we're after.
Handlebar reach is up next. Again, a slight bend in your elbow is best. This allows your arms to act as shock absorbers. A locked-out arm will let more vibrations reach your shoulders and neck, resulting in discomfort and fatigue. Keeping it as close to parallel with the ground as you can, adjust your seat fore and aft to dial in your reach to the handlebars and controls. If your bike has an adjustable stem, you can try a few positions to find the most comfortable. With some very slight adjustments you can make your new bike truly yours. You should feel like a piano player on your bike: comfortable posture, with only slight pressure on your hands.
You're done. Pump up your tires and get out there and ride--and take a little extra pleasure in knowing that you built and set up your bike on your own!
Buying a Diamondback online is easy and makes sense. We have the resources, support, and distribution to get it done hassle-free.
If you're not completely confident in assembling your bike, we suggest you take it to a bike shop for help. We also highly recommend you take your bike into a shop for a safety inspection.