There are lots of reasons to take up cycling. There are many that decide to ride bicycles because they are able to save a ton of money on both the price of gas and maintenance costs. Some decide to cycle because they want to have less of an impact on the environment when traveling.
And then there are those who choose to cycle because they simply love it. 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. Choosing the right bicycle is more than just picking the one that's the best looking. Outlined hereafter are some pointers you can take into consideration when going out to buy your bike.
The first thing to ensure is you get a bike that is the right size. Begin by measuring your inseam. To do this, simply run a measuring tape up the inside of your leg from the bottom of your foot to your groin. The goal is to be able to sit on the seat of the bike and still rest your feet flat on the ground. This is for safety more than anything else, if your brakes should fail you will not be able to easily stop the bike otherwise.
Will you need more bells and whistles for your bike to function optimally? If you will need to transport things with your bike, you’ll need a basket. Will a child ever be transported on your bike? Then you have to choose a bike that will allow for a child seat attachment. If towing something behind the bike, your need will change again. Then you’ll need a bike that can support a trailer’s weight.
It is important you allow for room between you and the crossbar. When browsing for a bike try some out, make sure the seat is a few inches above the crossbar. Your feet should still comfortably rest on the ground. Different bikes will need differing clearance amounts. For example a touring bike will require around an inch. However for a mountain bike you will need 3" between the crossbar and yourself.
You will see there are many things you should consider when you are finding the bike that's right for you. It can be a bit tedious and frustrating to try and figure out what all you need when you are buying a bicycle. As long Website as you go prepared and know what you need and are looking for, you can shed some of that frustration and find the perfect bike.