Some folks think there is nothing easier than picking a cycling bicycle. They have it in their minds that the only thing you need to do is choose the bike that looks the best and is a comfortable physical fit. The truth is that there is a lot more to finding the right bicycle these days than there used to be. Now that more and more people are starting to cycle, the options have risen to an almost head-spinning variety. Today more people are choosing to ride a bicycle as their primary forms of transportation. There are also plenty of people and families who love riding as a hobby. No matter why you are picking your bicycle, here are some ways to help you along.
We’d be misleading you if we didn’t admit that fashion does impact your decision. We all like one color or style more than another. You’d be silly not to pay attention to these factors when getting your new bike. Obviously, the style and fashion elements of the bicycle should not be your top priority (unless the bicycle is just for show). You really need to look at safety and comfort issues before any others. When you’ve assembled some bikes that are both comfortable advice and safe, then look to see which you like the looks of better.
If you intend to get a road bike then take 9" away from your total inseam. The size of the tires a road bike uses are the reason for this. Road bikes are meant for city cycling—the tires are thinner and work best on concrete paving. For a mountain bike take away 12 inches from your inseam. This is because the tires of a mountain bike are different than those on a road bike. Mountain bike tires are thicker than road bike tires, designed for rocky terrain. Mountain bikes can travel on city pavement but that is not what they are designed to do.
It is important you allow for room between you and the crossbar. When you choose your bike, adjust the seat up a few inches from the crossbar and then sit on the bike. Sit on it and make sure you can rest your feet flat to the ground. You will want to leave different clearance lengths depending on the type of bicycle you are buying. If you are buying a touring bike, for example, you only need an inch or so of clearance. With a mountain bike a clearance of 3" will be necessary.
The options and technologies available for biking are overwhelming as you search for a new bicycle. From fashion to safety, you have a multitude of choices to make. Feeling a little defeated at the outset of choosing your new bike is normal. You can rest assured that by doing minimal research into your options, you’ll make the perfect decision for you.
Try to understand your choices before you go shopping. It will pay off in the end.