As you know, there are numerous reasons to start cycling. Some people choose to ride bicycles because they cannot afford the cost of gas and automobile maintenance. There are those who choose to cycle because they want to do their part in helping the environment.
And others still are riding simply because they love to ride. If you fall into these categories or are in one of your own and you are shopping for a new bike, take the time to read up on some of the things you should know before buying. You will be surprised at how much more there is to a bicycle than just the looks. This article gives you some tips and pointers to help you pick the bicycle that will be perfect for you.
We’d be misleading you if we didn’t admit that fashion does impact your decision. The color we like best, or the style we like least, all influence our choices. These are going to come into play when you are shopping for your bicycle. Looking good will be a great benefit of getting your new bike, but don’t let fashion choices be the guiding decisions factors. You really need to look at safety and comfort issues before any others. After ensuring resource both safety and comfort, see which ones you like the actual design of best.
You should always make sure to give the bike a test run before committing to buying it, though. It is important that you not buy anything before you’ve had the opportunity to ride it at least for a few minutes. This makes perfect sense because you know you'd never buy a car without test driving it first.
So you should use this same frame of mind when buying your bike. This is especially important if you are going to be spending large sums of money for a bicycle that you are going to be riding a lot. You want to find a bike that fits you. Physical fit is easy to determine, but you also need to find a bike that “fits” your riding style. You would never want to ride a bicycle that was uncomfortable for you.
Be sure to allow room between the crossbar and yourself. When you get a bike be sure to move the seat up a couple of inches from the crossbar. Make certain you can still place both feet flatly on the ground. Which bike you get will greatly alter the clearance you will require. As an example, with a touring bike you will only require around 1". If you are buying a mountain bike you’ll want more—three inches or so between you and the crossbar.
Your main priority is the physical fit of your bike. If you intend to use your bike a lot, perhaps as your main method of transport, it is important you keep this in mind. Comfort and saftey are the two most important aspects of riding a bike.