There is a misconception that picking the right bike is easy. Many people think they simply find the bike that looks good and feels comfortable. This is wrong, the fact is there are more things to consider these days than there was a few years ago. With cycling becoming more popular in almost every area of life (transportation, lifestyle, sports, hobbies) there are more bicycles than ever to choose from. Today more people are choosing to ride a bicycle as their primary forms of transportation. Some people have decided to take up cycling as a hobby. If you want to know those important things to look out for when selecting a bike, read the following.
One way to choose the bike that fits you is to sit on the bike and see if your feet will rest flat on the floor, in case you need to stop yourself. There are some people that say this isn't the best way to choose, though. It is their belief, that your time on your bicycle will be much more comfortable, if you allow your feet to remain several inches off the ground. If your feet are sitting flat on the ground while your butt is on the seat, this usually means that the seat is too close to the crossbar and will need to be adjusted for comfort. This is because when you are pedaling with this bike, your knees are going to come up too high.
If you intend to get a road bike then take 9" away from your total inseam. This is due to the type of tires you will be using for a road bike. These tires will be thinner and designed for efficiency on concrete roads or pavements. For a mountain bike you will need to take 12" away from your total inseam. This is because the tires of a mountain bike are different than those on address a road bike. They are thicker and meant for a rockier terrain. You can of course use a mountain bike for road cycling but this isn't supposed to be their primary use.
If the bike you are buying is for your child, then you are going to have to think of something completely different than outlined here. A little sturdy bike is needed, which has wide tires for balance and brakes that are easy to use. Because children's bikes can quickly become too small for your child, you should take into consideration the price you are paying, as well as the style you are choosing.
When purchasing a bicycle, you have tons to consider. From how safe the bicycle is to what it looks like, there are lots of choices to make. It’s perfectly normal for you to feel a little overwhelmed and perhaps a little perplexed when starting out. 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. You’ll reap the benefits.