Our goal at Sugar Bottom Bikes is to provide the highest quality bicycles and products with the best customer service. We are a full service bicycle store with a great selection of new, used and refurbished bicycles. We also provide rental bikes and equipment. Our mission is to cater to all riders and their needs. Whether you are a commuter, racer, recreational rider or a weekend warrior...we have something for you! We are proud to serve such a great community of people.
Tips From The Mechanic
Advice to keep you riding safely through the Spring:
Wear functional clothing
Use layers for easy stripping, in case you overheat. Or bring an extra layer to put on later. Avoid cotton, as it will trap your perspiration and make you feel clammy. Wool and performance synthetics are good choices. Select a good, wind-resistant shell or waterproof suit if you plan to ride when it's wet. In surprisingly cold weather, use windfront tights, or loose-fitting wind-resistant pants over your tights.
Protect your extremities
Your fingers and ears might get cold once you get going fast enough for the air to rush over them. Or the wind might shift from the north. In any case, you'll be glad that you brought your gloves and a light hat with you.
Front and rear blinking lights are the most effective and economical way to be seen at night. Stay away from dark clothing, or use a reflective vest.
Get good tires
If you'd rather not sit on a curb and waste the warm weather while you fix a flat, invest in a set of high-quality, puncture resistant tires. There is no tire that will improve handling on glare ice, which you may still find lurking in the dark. However, there are tires specifically designed for better handling in wet or muddy conditions. When you purchase your tires, make sure you explain your riding needs to the salesperson.
Protect your bike.
Install full front and rear fenders. You will also want to clean and dry your bike after a ride through mud, deep puddles and residually salty streets. Don't let the goop stay on the bike too long. Lubricate your drivetrain frequently throughout the spring season. Make sure to use a lube made for a bicycle chain.