We’re getting into the Halloween spirit with our Halloween Costume Contest Insta-Bike Giveaway! The best part is, you don’t even need a bike to enter! All you need is a creative costume for your chance to win a brand new bike!
The rules are simple:
1. Follow us on Instagram
2. Post a photo of you in your awesome Halloween costume (whether bike
themed or not), tag @CriticalCycles and use the hashtag #CriticalCostume
3. We’ll announce the winner via Instagram on Tuesday Nov. 1st!
We’re excited to announce the Build & Bike Program, which makes Critical Cycles bikes even easier to access with a pick-up option for Los Angeles customers.
Sure, Critical Cycles bikes already arrive at your door 95% assembled. But we wanted our local Los Angeles friends to have ALL the options. So, for only $20 we’ll build your bike for you! You heard that right, only $20!
When you order your Critical Cycles online, select ‘ASSEMBLE MY BIKE’ in the shipping selection.
Then, all you have to do is wait 2-3 business days (we’ll let you know when it’s ready), swing by our warehouse in DTLA, give us a high five, pick up your stylish new two-wheel buddy, and get out there for a ride.
Because that’s what it’s all about, right? Wind in your hair! But if you need a helmet we can help you out with that, too :).
All of Critical Cycles’ bikes are available for the Build & Bike program:
- The Harper, available with a single-speed / fixed-gear flip-flop hub and front and rear brakes for $199, and as a minimalist coaster for $179.
- The Beaumont, a 7-speed Dutch-style city bike available with step-through or diamond frame, $219.
- The Cub, a kids balance bike designed to help instill the fun of cycling in the next generation, $59.99.
- The Chatham, a stylish beach cruiser available with 1, 3 or 7 gears, starting at $179.
Did you know biking to work has increased 60% in the past decade? Don't believe us? Just read the report posted by USA TODAY back in 2014. This means that roughly 786,000 people are using there bikes to commute to and from work each day! By commuting via bicycle, riders are saving money on gas and cutting back on the stress that comes with waiting in rush hour traffic. To be honest, we think it's great! What better way to clear your head in the morning and decompress after the work day then with a bike ride?
With the staggering increase of bike commuters it is essential to know which type of bicycle fits your commute best. This is where Critical Cycles is here to help with our Fixie vs Hybrid commuter comparison.
A Fixie, or "Fixed Gear", bicycle is a great way to get around and get a great work out at the same time. The fixed gear means that you don't ever stop peddling. However, our Fixies, like our Harper Single-Speed / Fixie model, come with a Flip-Flop Hub that easily allows you to change to Single-Speed, which allows for coasting with out peddling, based off your riding preference. The key thing to consider before purchasing a Fixie for your daily commute is what type of terrain and distance you will be covering on the way to work. If you have, say, a San Francisco hills type of commute you may be getting a good work out but you won't be able to make it to work without breaking a pretty intense sweat. However, if your commute consist of slight inclines and flat terrain you will have no problem getting back and forth.
You can view our selection of Fixed-Gear / Single-Speed bicycles HERE
Hybrid bikes on the other hand, although offered in single-speed, usually are accompanied with additional gears for you to transition to while dealing with more taxing terrain. Our Beaumont 7-Speed Diamond City Bike for example is accompanied with seven gears for you to easily adjust according to the types of inclines you will be traversing on your way to work. This makes any hill an easy task, while keeping you fresh for the work day. Not only does this make inclines an easy task, but it also helps commuters that may find themselves riding 5+ miles a day able to easily tackle the distance by being able to down shift to an easy and enjoyable ride when needed. Unlike our Fixied-Gear / Single-Speed models that often provide the rider with a challenge when traversing steep terrain, our Hybrid / City Bikes work with the rider by allowing more gears that lead to an easier ride to and from work.
You can view our selection of Hybrid / City Bikes bicycles HERE
When picking the perfect commuter bike be sure to factor in your experience level and the type of ground you will be covering. If you are a novice looking to enjoy the ride you may want to lean towards our Hybrids. If you have been riding for awhile and are looking for a challenge on the way to work, look no further then our Fixies. But ultimately the choice is up to you!
Still have questions about what bike fits your commute best? Feel free to leave a comment and we'll make sure we can find the right bike for you!
There is something to be appreciated about a casual excursion through the city streets from the seat of a bicycle while enjoying the company of others. The sheer excitement of finding your new favorite local food stop without the assistance of a cell phone driven app adds an aura of adventure to something as simple as a bike ride. We over at Critical Cycles know this feeling all too well and that is why we have manufactured the perfect bicycles to assist you on these joyful expeditions with our Beaumont 7-Speed Step Thru and Diamond Frame City Bikes.
With these models we set out to create the ideal city cycling experience with bicycles that could handle any type of terrain no matter which city you choose to ride in. Both bikes include features such as: steel rear racks, RevoShift grip shifters, front and rear alloy brakes, Shimano 7-speed drivetrains, as well as 700 x 35C Wanda tires.
Where the two models differ is their respective high tensile steel frames. The Step-Thru Frame is ideal for women to allow for easy mounting and dismounting no matter what your riding attire may be. The Step-Thru frame also eliminates any stretching of garments when riding the bike and allows for maximum comfort while cycling in items such as sundresses because of the fact there is no awkward pole down the middle of the bike to get in the way.
Both frames are light weight, hand built, high tensile steel frames with rack and fender braze-ons that allow for an absorbent, softer ride which make it ideal for a relaxing and casual two-wheeled outing.
You can view our selection of Beaumont Diamond & Step-Thru models HERE and if you find yourself having any further questions on our City Bikes feel free to leave a comment below!