The preferred mode of transport has taken an unlikely turn in recent years. More and more people are leaving the car behind in favor of the bicycle, in the west the car reigned supreme but we are now seeing a growth in popularity of the bike. Perhaps the trend can be put down to 'green' thinking, or maybe just the prices of gas are starting to get to people. Either way there are now more bikes on the road then ever before. Have you been tempted to use a bike for your everyday transport needs? If so the following is some handy advice on what to look out for.
One thing that is usually the first on the list is the cost of the bike. Of course you are going to need to think about how much you will ride your bike as well as where you are going to be riding it, but cost is one of the most important things.
If you are new to the bike buying business, you will see that the price can be anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. This doesn't mean you are going to have to spend thousands of dollars on a good bike, because there are ways you can find a great bike for a great price. Used bicycles and bicycles being sold at auction are great ways to save money while still getting the cycling bicycle that you need and want.
Don't ever make check this the purchase until you have tried the bicycle out. Don't just jump on and jump off though, take a nice little ride for at least a few minutes. It's exactly the same as buying a used car; you would never find yourself buying a used car without taking it out for a ride.
It's the same thing with a used bicycle. You need to do this especially if you are spending a lot of money on a bike that you know you will use for a long time. You need to make sure the bike is a perfect fit. Not only should it be the correct size for you, but it should be easily adaptable to your lifestyle, meaning your riding style. You wouldn't want to spend your hard earned money on something that isn't comfortable, would you?
The number of gears you’ll use will also affect your choice. If you plan to ride in rocky or mountainous areas, you’ll need more gears than riding on flat land. You can’t evaluate the bike only by the number of gears it has. You may never have cause to use all the gears. Don't waste your money on something you won't use. Ensure you have enough gears to handle the situations in which you will be riding, especially if you bike will be your main mode of transport.
There are lots of things to think about when you are buying a cycling 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. By investing a bit of your time to look at your preferences you will make the best decision.
Before heading out to the store, learn a little bit about the available choices. It will pay off in the end.