Picking The Right Bike!Many people think that choosing a cycling bicycle is simple. They think that all they have to do is pick out which bicycle looks the prettiest to them and allows them to sit comfortably. Wrong, there is more to it these days than simply looks and comfort. Cycling is increasing in popularity each day, be it for fun or as a serious mode of transport, there are now more bikes to choose from than ever before. Some people are choosing to cycle as a means of transportation on a regular basis. 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.
The first thing you need to do is try the bicycle on for size, meaning sit on it and make sure that your feet are still flat on the floor so you will be able to stop yourself. There are experts who state that this isn't a good way to choose a bike, however. They say that it is better to give yourself a few inches between your feet and the ground to create a more comfortable cycling experience. If your feet are on the ground and your knees are bent when you sit on the seat of the bike, it generally means that the seat is sitting too low for you and too close to the crossbar. This is because when you are pedaling with this bike, your knees are going to come up too high.
Before you buy any bicycle, you are going to want to take it for a test ride. You should never buy a bike until you have ridden it first, if only for a couple of minutes. Do you know of anyone that would buy a used car without taking it out for a test drive?
Why wouldn’t you do the same with a bicycle? You really need to do this if you are going to spend a lot of money on the bicycle, and if you are going to ride the bicycle 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. Why would you spend money on something that does not feel comfortable to ride?
Just exactly how many gears do you think you’ll use? If you are going to be travelling in relatively flat places, you will not need as many gears their explanation as you would need in rockier terrain or a terrain with lots of hills. Just because a bike has more gears doesn't make it better. You may never even get around to using all the available gears. Why spend extra money paying for something that you don’t need? Know how you’ll ride your bike; make sure you have the correct gears for traveling, especially when this is your main mode of transport. There are many different factors to take into account when finding the right bicycle. Is this a bike you are going to be riding every single day or is it a bike you are only going to ride every now and them? At what height do you feel the most comfortable? Do you prefer your feet to rest flat on the ground or do you like to have some room between them and the ground when you are sitting on the bicycle’s seat? You will want to answer all of these important questions, as you make your bicycle selection.