All the bikes we’ve chosen to include in this Buyer’s Guide, as well as the accessories and gear, are excellent. We know because we tested them, beat on them, analyzed them, pondered them. Now we want to share what we’ve discovered with you. It should come as no surprise that many of today’s best bikes aren’t the top-dollar halo bikes. (Some of them are, though.) And sometimes the bike that seems like an incredible deal just isn’t that good. (Sometimes it is, though.) We try to quantify that reality with our value score, which is based on all the other criteria measured against a bike’s cost in dollars. In other words, we try to give you all the perspectives you need to spend your money wisely.