As you know, there are numerous reasons to start cycling. Some folks are having a hard time keeping up with the rising cost of gasoline and maintenance bills, so they choose to ride a bike. Some people decide to take up cycling because it is a healthier choice for the environment.
And others still are riding simply because they love to ride. If you fall into these categories or are in one of your own and you are shopping for a new bike, take the time to read up on some of the things you should know before buying. You will be surprised at how much more there is to a bicycle than just the looks. Here are some helpful tips that you can use to help you decide which bicycle you should buy.
We’d be misleading you if we didn’t admit that fashion does impact your decision. Favorite colors and styles show in our choices. When choosing your bike you shouldn't ignore them. Unless you are just buying a bike for the sheer look of it, style and fashion options shouldn't be the ultimate priorities. You really need to look at safety and comfort issues before any others. 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.
Before you buy any bicycle, you are going to want to take it for a test ride. 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.
So you should use this same find this frame of mind when buying your bike. It's even more important for you to do if you plan on spending a significant amount of money on it and will be using it a lot. You need to make sure the bike is a perfect fit. There shouldn't be a problem in making the decision on whether or not the bike is the right size for you, but you should also keep in mind that it needs to fit your riding style as well. You wouldn't want to waste money on a bicycle you don't enjoy riding.
You should already have your safety gear bought and ready to go. Bicycle helmets are something completely different than they once were. Not only do they look a little better now, they are also safer for you. You should never even think about riding the bike without first putting on your helmet. This little thing can mean the difference between life and death.
It wouldn't hurt to invest in some knee pads and elbow pads, as well as wrist and ankle guards if you plan to do some off-roading. Pants clips are another great investment, especially if you are using your bike as your sole means of transportation. Pants clips are designed to hold your pants in place so they don't get caught up in the chain or the gears of the bike. There are many different factors to take into account when finding the right bicycle. Are you going to be riding your bicycle every day or riding it only when you feel the urge to? What seat height gives you the most comfortable ride? 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.