Whether choosing a first bike, upgrading an old bike, or even getting back into the sport the amount of bikes to choose from can be overwhelming. Mountain bikes, gravel bikes, road bikes, and even e-bikes all made with different materials and sold with various marketing claims make your choices difficult. For most consumers this often leads to all kinds of research and naturally leads one to find a bike with the most features for the best price. Sometimes this can work out okay, other times it leads to frustration after the purchase. This is where a good local bike shop comes into play and can guide you in the direction that will increase the excitement you get out of your bike for years to come.