Picking The Right Bike!

The preferred mode of transport has taken an unlikely turn in recent years. Cars have long been the most likely mode of transport in developed countries, however bikes are beginning to rise in popularity. Perhaps this because the last couple of decades have seen a major shift in the popularity of “living green.” Maybe it is because the cost of gas is just too high. The fact is there are plenty more cyclists on the road now than there were just a few years ago. Perhaps you have been giving some thought to getting a bike yourself? If you have then there are several things you should look at when you do.

We’d be lying if we tried to tell you that fashion shouldn’t play into your choice. The color we like best, or the style we like least, all influence our choices. Your new bike should reflect your favorites. Using style and fashion preferences as your main criteria is silly, unless you are only getting a bike to look good. Safety and comfort should be considered first. But once you have found the safest and most comfortable bicycles, there is no reason you shouldn’t narrow down your choice further by how the bike appeals to you visually.

Do you need extra gadgets for your bike? Perhaps a basket to help you carry items will be helpful, should your bike be what you'll be using most. Will you be travelling with a child? If Extra resources so, you will need to find a bicycle that can safely support a baby seat. If towing something behind the bike, your need will change again. If so, you will need to find a bicycle that can support the weight of a small trailer or whatever else you will be towing behind you.

Be certain to leave adequate room between yourself and your bikes crossbar. When you get a bike be sure to move the seat up a couple of inches from the crossbar. You should be able to still rest your feet flat on the floor. Different bikes will need differing clearance amounts. As an example, with a touring bike you will only require around 1". With a mountain bike however you will need some more, 3 inches should suffice.

There are lots of things to think about when you are buying a cycling bicycle. Your choices range from safety issues to those of fashion. Feeling a little defeated at the outset of choosing your new bike is normal. Do your research and then you’ll feel better prepared to choose your new bike.

Try to understand your choices before you go shopping. It will pay off in the end.

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