Seattle Bike Blog is not a bike reviews site, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have opinions.
Many people are searching for a bike right now, which can be both exciting and daunting. There are so many options, and it’s a lot to take in for a new rider. While I don’t necessarily have all the answers, I figured I would make a video talking through my bike and why I chose different components and accessories. This isn’t the perfect bike for everybody, but it is the perfect bike for me.
My advice is for people who want to bike around town, run errands and maybe go on some bike camping trips. All of my bike mechanic experience comes from trying to keep my bike rolling on Seattle streets over the past 13 years. If you have aspirations to race or do significant off-roading, then definitely seek advice elsewhere. My bike knowledge and style is about being practical, reliable and fun. A recurring theme in this video is, “It doesn’t really matter,” which is maybe unhelpful. If you are looking for actual advice on bike styles and components, I recommend watching The Path Less Pedaled.
But there’s just a lot of marketing and overly-complicated bike advice out there. What matters most is that you feel good when riding it and don’t want to stop.