College is full of decisions, picking majors, joining clubs, and the most common one of them all, where to eat. With these and many more questions swirling around that head of yours don't forget one of the most important questions you should be asking yourself, "How am I going to get around campus?"
Although learning to drive may have been one of the highlights of High School, your in college now, and that dorm approved parking pass is going to run you close to $400 a semester! This is one of the many reasons why a bicycle is your best way to get to and from class quickly; and trust us "quickly" will come in handy when you find yourself needing a few extra minutes to finish that term paper you have been procrastinating on all semester.
This is why the team over at Critical Cycles have complied a list of how to find the perfect campus bike.
Beaumont Hybrid / City Bike:
Our Beaumont bicycles are perfect for handling any terrain on any campus. With this seven speed you are sure to find the perfect two-wheeled fit to help you navigate any landscape your college campus may throw at you. But that's not all, the Beaumont also includes a sturdy, steel rear rack to help you transport any additional items you may need to carry, as well as offering front and rear alloy brakes for responsive stopping and an all around safer ride. The Beaumont is also available in Step-Thru models which allow for easy access while getting on and off the bike, especially when wearing a skirt!
View Critical Cycles wide range of Hybrid / City Bikes HERE
Harper Single Speed / Fixie:
Maybe you're lucky enough to have chosen a campus where elevated terrain isn't an issue. If this is the case, our Harper Single Speed / Fixie maybe the perfect fit for you. The Harper includes unique features such as a flip-flop hub which allows you to easily switch between riding single speed, allowing you to cruise without having to pedal like a traditional bike, and fixed, where movement of the bike directly correlates with the movement of your feet. To change your riding style with the flip-flop hub you simply unmount the rear wheel, flip it around, remount, and bada bing bada boom, you're done! The sleek and simple design of this low maintenance bike also includes riser handlebars for a relaxed, upright riding position as well as also including a dual break system like the Beaumont to give you extra control and stopping power.
View Critical Cycles Harper Single Speed / Fixie Bike HERE
Chatham 7 Speed Step-Thru Beach Cruiser:
Need a bike that provides the ease of a day at the beach while getting you from point a to point b no matter what type ground you may need to cover in-between? Look no further then the Chatham 7 Speed Step-Thru Beach Cruiser. The step-thru frame is hand-built and made out of steel for top tier reliability and shock absorption. Add in a wide cruiser saddle, handlebars with cushy grips, and thick Wanda tires and you have a ride built for maximum comfort. But that's just the icing on the cake. The key feature of bike that will have you slicing through any landscape is the seven-speed Shimano drivetrain that can handle everything from flat roads to grassy knolls without you even breaking a sweat.
View Critical Cycles Chatham 7 Speed Step-Thru Beach Cruiser HERE
Before we drop you off at your dorm on move in day, and wipe away the tears as you become a disappearing blip in our rearview mirror we at Critical Cycles want to make sure you and your new bike are safe and secure.
First let's protect the noggin that you will be filling with knowledge and spending a pretty, tuition sized, penny on by covering it with our CM-1 Helmet.
Now let's protect that bike you spent this whole blog post researching by fitting it with the trusty Kryptonite Bike Lock. Because let's face it, college is hard enough without having to deal with your bike being stolen in the middle of finals week.
Lastly, get used to late night, last minute study sessions because, be honest with yourself, you are a procrastinator. Which is fine, we totally get it, but stay safe, and most importantly, stay seen with our Bondi-5 bike lights. These lights easily fasten to your bike and keep you noticed in the night with 5 LED bulbs that illuminate the night with their two settings, flashing and constant.
Well that's it. We've done the best we can do to prepare you to purchase the perfect two-wheeled companion to get you through college. But, before you go off and get yourself wrapped up in syllabi and deadlines we will leave you with a word of advice from the one and only Ferris Bueller to hopefully help you appreciate the college experience a little more, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."