There are lots of reasons to choose a bicycle as your primary means of transportation. Many of these reasons are not at all related with how you like to travel. Some people choose to cycle because they need the exercise. Some people cycle as a competitive sport. Still others ride bicycles as a hobby because they enjoy the feeling of riding a bicycle around their neighborhood. When deciding to purchase a cycling bicycle, there will be a number of elements that need to be taken into account, and this is true for those wishing to enjoy cycling as a hobby, sport, or a means of getting from point A to point B. Here are some hints to help you make your choice.
It’s okay for fashion to affect the decision you make about your new bicycle. The fact is that we all have color and style preferences. Your new bike should reflect your favorites. Unless you are just buying a bike for the sheer look of it, style and fashion options shouldn't be the ultimate priorities. Safety and comfort should be considered first. After finding bikes that are both safe and comfy, then you can see which ones look the best to you.
Be cautious, however, and always be sure to test the bike out before you buy it. It is important that you not buy anything before you’ve had the opportunity to ride it at least for a few minutes. It's the same concept as buying a used car, there's no way you would take it without testing it.
The same rule applies to a bicycle. It's even more important for you to do if you plan on spending a significant amount of money on it and will be using it a lot. Choose the bicycle that you know will fit you. This doesn't only mean physically fit you, this also means one that easily fits your riding styles. You don't want make an investment on a bike that isn't going to feel good to ride.
Be certain to leave adequate room between yourself and your bikes crossbar. When you choose your bike, adjust the seat up a few inches from the crossbar and then sit on the bike. You should be able to still rest your feet flat on the floor. Each type of bike requires different clearances. As an example, with a touring bike you will only their explanation require around 1". If you are buying a mountain bike you’ll want more—three inches or so between you and the crossbar.
So many options are available to you as you shop for a new bike. From fashion to safety, you have a multitude of choices to make. If you feel like you are being deluged by choices, you are perfectly normal. Do your research and then you’ll feel better prepared to choose your new bike.
Take your time to learn about your options before you shop. You’ll be glad you did!