About Our Bikes
From the beginning we’re CONSTANTLY researching different bike brands and comparing models to determine which ones offer the best value for you. For that reason you might see some brands change on our floor from time to time. In other words, like you, we’re pretty good shoppers, especially because we know what we’re looking for! Did you know some shops are contractually obligated by some bike companies to sell only their “approved” brands? That ain't the way we roll. We don’t want to carry anything on our floor that doesn’t offer the best bang for the buck out there. Just like you we want the best quality and highest innovation for the lowest price possible. We’re pretty proud of that.
We also like to punctuate that with the added value of free lifetime tune ups with every new bike you buy from us. We’ve been doing that since April 1st (No foolin’) 1996 when we first opened our doors. That’s because we realize that once we sell you a bike our job is not over, it’s just beginning! That means when your bike is ready for service you just drop it off and let us take care of it for you. It’s as simple as that. If your bike requires anything extra over what a free lifetime tune up covers, we’ll let you know what it is and give you an estimate of what it will cost before you leave it with us.
In addition, your new Chico Bike & Board bike carries a higher resale value if you decide to sell it in the future because those free lifetime tune ups are transferable. In other words, they are for the LIFETIME OF THE BIKE! Just have the buyer come in and register the sale with us with proof of having purchased from you and they will get free tune ups for life!
Some of the brands we stock include Haro, Masi, Del Sol, Cult, Subrosa, SE, 3G and KHS. If your perfect bike is not on our showroom floor, we can special order it and typically have it ready within 3 business days.
At Chico Bike & Board, we’re not elitists. We want EVERYBODY to feel comfortable shopping with us and we appreciate the opportunity to help empower you with the information you need to make the right decision, even if that means referring you to another shop. We realize the job of picking out the perfect bike from so many different options can be, well… a little intimidating. No worries, we’ll take the stress out of finding your perfect bike! Come by and see us! We’ll be happy to answer all your questions. We don’t expect you to be an expert, that’s our job.
We’re open 10am to 6pm EVERY DAY. At Chico Bike & Board, we’ll help find EXACTLY the right bike for you GURANTEED!
Urban and town bikes can take several forms, however they are all designed to get you and your things from A to B, and back again.
Town/City bikes are comfortable and easy to use
A typical town or city bike is comfortable with an upright riding position. Oftentimes, they will feature matching fenders and rear racks, and accessory mounts for additional goodies, like water bottle cages, front racks, and bells. These bikes usually feature simple transmissions with internal 3-speed and 7-speed options being the most popular.
Urban bikes are durable and functional
Typical urban bikes are made of durable materials, like steel, in order to resist damage from bike racks and day-to-day use in an urban setting. They range from minimal single-speed (fixie) road bikes through full-on commuters complete with racks, fenders, lights, kickstands, and heavy-duty tires to resist punctures.
Comfort and Leisure Bikes
For the recreational cyclist looking for comfort and style.
Cruisers have stylish frames, big cushy seats & fat tires
This is classic Americana here with a modern twist! These bikes are SUPER comfortable and very stylish. The ideal choice for casual Sunday riding through Bidwell Park with the family or just oozing down the street in style! Some of our cruisers feature a “Foot Forward” design found on many comfort and leisure bikes that consists of an upgraded frame that gives a longer wheel base that allows riders to reach the ground while seated for stability and confidence and yet provides proper leg extension for easy and efficient pedaling while moving.
Comfort bikes are well...comfortable!
These are for the cyclists looking for a reliable, safe and practical bike that has an accommodating riding position thereby facilitating unimpeded visibility, These bikes come with extra adjustability designed in to accommodate riders who are looking for that PERFECT fit. Comfort bikes place their handlebars high above the saddle to open up your hip angle and put you in a tall, upright position. They often feature front suspension and spring seat posts with cushy saddles so you GLIDE over bumps. These bikes are great for those of us with aches and pains to contend with or who just don’t want to hover over the handlebars.
Fitness & Hybrid Bikes
Fitness hybrids are efficient and lightweight in order to let you go farther on each ride. They provide speed like a road bike with the more familiar feel of a mountain bike.
More accessory mounting options than most road bikes, flat handlebars with mountain bike controls, and a sporty ride quality means these hybrids can keep up at the local club rides while offering practical features for when you want to commute.
Blending many features of a mountain bike into a more "road-capable" machine, cross-terrain or mountain hybrids are a really fun way to get around. With front suspension to increase traction on rougher terrain but with narrower wheels and tires than a typical mountain bike, you can take this bike almost anywhere.
Road bikes are light and responsive for fast road rides. A road bike will be comfortable on anything from an after-work loop around town to long, epic rides. With so many options these days there is sure to be something to suit your style.
Endurance vs Lightweight vs Aerodynamic
Any road bike should be capable of taking you on rides exceeding 30 miles, but a bike specifically designed for all-day comfort without sacrificing efficiency is sure to make that ride a bit more pleasurable. Endurance road bikes are basically the new name for a traditional road bike since the introduction of aerodynamic and ultralight climbing road bikes over the past several years. While ultralight road bikes push the limits of today's manufacturing technology, and aerodynamic road bikes often sacrifice practicality and ride quality, endurance bikes sit somewhere in between. They offer best overall value for the non-professional looking to get out and explore.
A touring road bike may just be the most versatile bike you can get. Touring bikes are most often used for extended self-supported trips, but can also make terrific commuter bikes for their strength and practicality. While they remain relatively lightweight, a touring bike is typically built from a steel frame for it's virtually infinite fatigue life and excellent ride quality. Touring bikes allow for racks to be mounted on both the rear of the frame as well as the front forks in order to increase carrying capacity, thus allowing for unsupported multi-day trips.
cyclocross & gravel Bikes
A multi-terrain bike typically adopted from a road bike.
Cyclocross (CX) Bikes
A Cyclocross (CX) bike could just be the most fun bike you own. Originally developed as an "off-season" road bike, cyclocross bikes have developed into essentially off-road road bikes allowing them to be ridden over rougher terrain. With handling similar to a road bike but clearance for much larger tires cyclocross bikes can be ridden in dirt, mud, grass, sand, and of course roads.
Gravel bikes are basically cyclocross bikes designed specifically for gravel and dirt roads. They typically place the rider slightly lower than a cyclocross to enhance stability. Although the pedals are a bit closer to the ground and can therefore clip the ground and obstacles easier, it is usually not an issue because on gravel the terrain is mostly smooth. Since gravel bikes are slightly more stable than cyclocross and road bikes, they can be a great introductory bike for a beginner roadie unsure about skinny tires.
"Monster Cross" Bikes
If a cyclocross bike is just too tame for you, maybe a "monster cross" bike can take you further. Monster cross refers to a type of bike that combines some handling characteristics of a road bike with some off-road characteristics of a mountain bike. This usually translates to a fat-tire cyclocross bike or a rigid drop-bar mountain bike . This type of bike is not extremely well-known, but is becoming more popular as cyclists from both road and mountain communities are looking for something a little different.
From 'round the park to all-day marathons, we can get you on the mountain bike designed for how you ride.
Sport & Cross Country (XC) Bikes
Built for flowing to moderately technical mountain bike trails, these bikes are typically built light and efficient. Usually foregoing rear suspension and only offering moderate front suspension for light weight and lowered cost, cross country bikes excel at long endurance rides through smoother dirt trails.
When the trail gets a bit bumpier and more technical, the trail bike takes control. This is the most popular style of mountain bike as it offers the best all-around trail experience. With a longer wheelbase, more relaxed steering, more suspension travel than most XC bikes, a trail bike inspires more confidence on trails of a more technical nature.
All-Mountain & Enduro Bikes
For the all-out mountain bike experience, look no further that the all-mountain or enduro mountain bike. This style of mountain bike is yet another step beyond the trail bike in terms of capabilities on aggressively uneven terrain. Long suspension travel both front and rear soak up big rock and moderate drops, yet they are still able to climb hills thanks to suspension features that allow for on the fly adjustability.
Bicycle motocross has come a long way since its beginning s in the 1970s.
Street / Park Bikes
Built to take some serious punishment, these BMX bikes are always make of steel. Designed for clearing tables and grinding handrails, street BMX bikes feature tough frames and parts, and wheels made to handle crashes and big landings. Almost always have 20" wheels.
Dirt Jump Bikes
Similar in concept to street bikes, dirt specific BMX bikes are a little more relaxed in order to feel more stable on high speed ascents and landings. While 20" wheels used to be popular among dirt jumpers, 26" now rules supreme. This is in part due to the added stability and ground clearance the larger wheels provide.
Decades ago, BMX bikes all used to look pretty much the same. Not anymore. BMX race bikes have evolved into purpose-build speed machines intent on flowing over rhythm sections and hugging banked corners like they're on rails. Weighing next to nothing and made to fit riders of all sizes, BMX race bikes are, like road bikes, usually made of aluminum and even carbon.
Kids deserve great bikes, too! That's why we carry a full line of youth bikes in all sizes.