Knowing what to look for in your new bicycle is of paramount importance. Even for those people who are paid to ride, buying a new bike is hard. Because there are so many choices, it is hard to buy a new bike. Planning ahead for things like bike use, safety and comfort, as well as where it will be ridden, and what it looks like, will help you make a better decision. How can you make a decision when there are so many different choices available, and new options being released every day? Here are some of the criteria you should use when you are buying your next cycling bicycle.
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. Unless you are just buying a bike for the sheer look of it, style and fashion options shouldn't be the ultimate priorities. Evaluating your choices according to safety and comfort will be the best first step. After ensuring both safety and comfort, see which ones you like the actual design of best.
For a road bike you should take away 9" from the inseam measurement you took earlier. This is to account for the size of tires you will use on a road bike. City riding is done with thin tires, designed to work perfectly with the smooth concrete roads and sidewalks you find in a city. For a mountain bike take away 12 inches from your inseam. Mountain bikes have different tires like it than a road bike. These tires are designed to handle rocky and jagged terrain so are therefore thicker. You can always use a mountain bike for city cycling, although this is not how they are best used.
It is important you allow for room between you and the crossbar. When you get a bike be sure to move the seat up a couple of inches from the crossbar. Sit on it and make sure you can rest your feet flat to the ground. Each type of bike requires different clearances. As an example, with a touring bike you will only require around 1". 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. You have innumerable decisions to make as you choose how safe a bike to buy, as well as one that is pleasing to the eye. 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.
Look up some of your choices before you hit the store. It will pay off in the end.