In recent times the western world has undergone a transportation change. While the majority of people in the western world seemed most interested in travelling via automobile, in the last couple of decades many people have been choosing the bicycle as their primary mode of transportation. Perhaps the trend can be put down to 'green' thinking, or maybe just the prices of gas are starting to get to people. Whatever the reason, there are more cyclists on the road than ever. Maybe you have considered buying a bike? If so the following is some handy advice on what to look out for.
It goes without saying that choosing the correctly sized bike is of utmost importance. The measurement of your inseam is needed for this. To do this, simply run a measuring tape up the inside of your leg from the bottom of your foot to your groin. You should ideally be able to place both feet on the ground when sitting in on your bike. This is for safety more than anything else, if your brakes should fail you will not be able to easily stop the bike otherwise.
You should always make sure to give the bike a test run before committing to buying it, though. You should never buy a bike until you have ridden it first, if only for a couple of minutes. Think about it: would you buy a car without taking it for a test drive?
So why wouldn't this apply to buying a bicycle? You really need to do this if you are going to spend a lot of he said money on the bicycle, and if you are going to ride the bicycle a lot. You want to find a bike that fits you. You should have no problem finding one that you can ride easily, but you also need to find a bike that fits your riding style. You don't want make an investment on a bike that isn't going to feel good to ride.
It is important you allow for room between you and the crossbar. When you choose your bike, adjust the seat up a few inches from the crossbar and then sit on the bike. You should be able to still rest your feet flat on the floor. Different bikes will need differing clearance amounts. For example a touring bike will require around an inch. If you are buying a mountain bike you’ll want more—three inches or so between you and the crossbar. As you can see, there are many things to take into consideration when deciding on the perfect bicycle for you. You may want an incredibly durable bike that can handle being thrown around a bit. While other people just want a bike that is comfortable and will get them from one place to another without risk of breaking down. Some people have to think very seriously about the price they are paying for a bike. As long as you take your time to find out all you need to know about buying a bike, you should be good to go. If you just get the first one you find it may not be the best suited for you and could even be a bad bike.