About Our Bicycle Test Rides
Everything you need to know
Lakeside Bicycles offers many spectacular types, brands and models of bicycles. One of the best ways to select the right one is taking test rides to feel how they differ from each other and from your current bicycle.
You'll focus more on the differences between each test bike if you have fewer distractions caused by other unfamiliar equipment.
If you're considering a new bike to replace an Old Faithful, please bring it with you. This will allow us to measure it to adjust your test ride and allow you to ride it first so you can feel the difference between the old and new bikes. This back-to-back test is a great way to judge the improvement new technology makes.
In order to test ride a bicycle, you must be at least 18 years of age or come into the store with your legal parent or guardian.
We require a valid driver's license (with photo) and a major credit card in order to test ride. We'll put these in a safe place and return them when you finish riding.
If you don't have identification or a credit card with you, please don't ask about leaving other "valuables," such as your car keys, Rolex watch or Gucci loafers. We're not a pawn shop and have no facilities for taking responsibility for personal items like this (we've had some tempting offers over the years, unlike the woman who offered her husband as collateral).
Also, for your safety, test rides aren't possible when the weather's bad or it's dark.
How We Prep The Bike
Once you've selected a model to test ride, we'll give it a quick once-over to ensure it's ride ready. This includes topping off the tire pressure and checking the brakes and gears. We will usually need to adjust the seat to fine-tune the fit. And, if you're using a special pedal/shoe system and you brought your pedals, we'll install them, too.
Please tell us if you're unfamiliar with shifting and braking so we can demonstrate. Modern bicycles are impressively easy to operate. It'll only take a few minutes for us to show you how the test-ride bicycle's shifters and brakes work. This will guarantee that you'll enjoy the test ride, while also helping you fully appreciate the bike should you decide to buy it.
The Test Ride
There are several ideal places near our store for putting a new bike through its paces, which we'll explain before sending you on the ride. Feel free to ride far enough to brake, shift, stand and climb a hill, carve some corners and really feel how the bike handles.
We expect you to return in 15 to 30 minutes just in case someone else wishes to try the bike you're on. Also, if you're gone much longer than that will begin to worry. You won't like us when we are worried, many customers have told us that the weeping and moaning is distracting and off-putting.
We don't allow testing new bicycles off road because this dirties them and wears the tires, which means the bike isn't really "new" anymore. Please be nice to our bicycles to keep them in new condition, too. Even seemingly indestructible mountain bikes can be damaged when handled carelessly or used improperly.
"If you break it, you buy it. Thus has it always been and thus will it remain".
Thanks for reviewing our test-ride procedures and rules. If you have any questions at all about this or anything cycling, just ask. We look forward to showing you a great new bike sometime soon!