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Bike – The ideal form of transport!
More than being a form of entertainment or a sport, the bike, also known as a “bicycle” is first and foremost a form of transport that depends on the energy of its user: the cyclist! It is ecological, fast and good for your health. Biking has many advantages and a whole lot of followers. Biking has a variety of origins, such as the dandy horse, the velocipede and penny-farthings; but what these all have in common is that they were all born out of the 19th century. Bikes began to look the way they do now at the end of the 19th century and started to grow in popularity at the beginning of the 20th. This was particularly due to the Tour de France, an event launched in 1903. Since then, bikes have constantly been evolving. However, whatever discipline is involved, it always has the following features:
- A frame
- A fork
- Two aligned wheels with tyres or tubeless tyres
- A handlebar (a bar and a stem)
- A transmission: chain, brakes, crankset, cables and ducts
- Peripheral devices (or components): saddle, seatpost, stem, bar, pedals…
When cyclists push down on the pedals, the crankset rotates. This, through the intermediary of the chain and the rear cog, enables the back wheel to rotate in order for the bike to move forwards.
Bike – Constantly evolving material!
Although bikes function in a very simple manner, there is a huge amount of diversity regarding disciplines and material. Road bikes, track bikes, MTB, BMX, fixies, trekking bikes, DH, Enduro, city bikes, etc. As you can see in our shop, there are bikes for all types of situations and all types of people! Nowadays, bikes are designed so that we can ride anywhere, in any condition and they fulfil the needs of each cyclist. Are you more into easy rides or competitions? Speed or freeride? You will always be able to find a bike that suits your needs! Bikes for adults, for women, for kids, dandy horses… there are even tandem bikes for those who want to discover the joy of being in a pair on a bike! Whichever type you are into, the materials have evolved a lot. Nowadays, frames are not necessarily made of steel. There are also made of titanium, aluminium and, increasingly, out of carbon, depending on the brand and the discipline. Each discipline has also led to specific changes to improve the user experience (electric road bikes, MTB suspension forks or disc brakes, BMX rotor…).
Bike shop – Find your ideal bike in our shop!
Whatever bike you are looking for, whatever your favourite discipline, your tastes or your budget, our shop allows you to choose between over 250 brands. The website offers full bikes, frames and peripheral devices, as well as a whole set of accessories to kit out your bike, maintain it and make it easier to use or transport. It can even improve your training sessions. Antitheft devices, luggage, meters, cameras, GPS, MTB tyres, heart rate monitors, bike carriers, tools, lighting, mudguards…you have everything you need to make the most of your bike. The website also has bike clothes, equipment and protections suited to every discipline! Probikeshop is based in the old Manufrance headquarters in Saint Etienne, the historical birthplace of the French biking industry. As well as having all materials and equipment, our shop has everything you need to make all your orders successful: good advice, option to pay in 3 or 4 intervals with no extra charge, express delivery, response after-sales service, etc. Everything is there to satisfy you when you buy your bike!
And, obviously, you’ll find all the best brands on Probikeshop :
- Sidi Shoes
- Selle Italia
They are all there and at a good price too!