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Tips for buying a bicycle this Christmas

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Joondalup City Cycle (JCC) is one of Perth’s leading bicycle retailers who have been involved with all things cycling since 1994.  They are partnering with the 2017 ECU Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma, and have offered some tips for people who are looking to purchase a bicycle for Christmas – either as a present or for themselves. 

Chantal Coetzee from JCC said that ‘it’s easier to fit a bike on a person when they are there in person, so try plan ahead and bring them in for a look to avoid disappointment.  However we know that surprise Christmas gifts work well, especially for children, so here are a few tips on what information to give your bicycle retailer in order for them to help you with your purchase’. 

1.     Take note of their favourite colours, 4 colours is the maximum required.

2.      Measure their heads if you on the market for a helmet.  If trying to surprise them, look at the current helmet size, or measure their favourite cap or hat. Most helmets are adjustable, so only a rough idea            of size is required.

3.      Measure their current bikes seat height.  If you have no old bike to compare it to then measure the height of inner part of their leg (this may be a little difficult to explain but you can always say you’ve taken up sewing!)

4.      Do a little spy work and peek into their cupboard drawers to check out the sizes of their gloves, jerseys, knicks, shoes and socks.

5.      Take a picture of their current bike or scooter if wanting to purchase parts and accessories

6.      If in doubt, buy them a gift voucher and a pair of socks. 

Chantal also offered some general bike buying tips:

1.     Decide what your intentions are - do you plan to hit the road, cycle paths or off road? Customers usually assume a Mountain bike is the norm, however if your bike is used for your daily work commute, Mountain bikes may not be the best option.  People find Road bikes intimidating however these types of bikes are the perfect option when on the road and on a commute.  Alternatively, if you feel uneasy with the idea of drop bars then try a Flatbar Road bike. That’s why we suggest that you come in and test ride the different types of bikes we have, as you may surprise yourself.

2.      Decide on a budget – everyone should have a budget.  Bikes range from $129 to over $12,000.  The more expensive, the lighter the bike and better the parts. Having a specific budget will help narrow the choice down.

Kids are also taken care of at JCC. In addition to stocking an impressive range of children’s bikes and accessories, there is also a dedicated ‘Kids Corner’, allowing adults to browse the shop uninterrupted. 

All geared bikes that are sold from JCC come with a FREE first service. 

Registrations have opened for the 2017 ECU Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma via for the event on Sunday 26 March 2017 on the freeways of Perth.  Early bird registrations have a chance to win a $1000 voucher to spend at JCC. 

The ECU Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma is Asthma Foundation WA (AFWA) annual fundraising and awareness event.  Since the event’s inception 13 years ago, more than $3 million has been raised for asthma research and community education.



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