In the last couple of decades a major shift has been happening in transportation. Cars have long been the most likely mode of transport in developed countries, however bikes are beginning to rise in popularity. Perhaps this because the last couple of decades have seen a major shift in the popularity of “living green.” Maybe it is because the cost of gas is just too high. Either way you will now find the roads filled with more cyclists than ever before. Maybe you have considered buying a bike? Here are some hints to help you choose the cycling bicycle that is right for you.
The first thing you should think about, which is pretty obvious, needs to be the cost. Sure you should also consider things like where you will be riding and how often you will be riding, but your other major criteria will almost always be the price of the bicycle.
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. The beauty of all this is you can save a ton of money when purchasing your bicycle, if you just know where to look for it. Auctions are one of the best places to find a great bike that will be fairly inexpensive and still have everything you need.
You should always make sure to give the bike a test run before committing to buying it, though. Don't just jump on and jump off though, take a nice little ride for at least a few minutes. Think about it: would you buy a car without taking it for a test drive?
So you should use this same frame of mind when buying your bike. This is especially important if you are going to be view it now spending large sums of money for a bicycle that you are going to be riding a lot. Make sure the bike is perfect for you. Not only should it be the correct size for you, but it should be easily adaptable to your lifestyle, meaning 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. Your feet should still comfortably rest on the ground. Which bike you get will greatly alter the clearance you will require. If you are buying a touring bike, for example, you only need an inch or so of clearance. With a mountain bike a clearance of 3" will be necessary.
The idea behind buying cycling bicycles is to make sure that you and the bicycle fit well together—physically. When deciding upon using a bike for transportation you need to keep this in mind. Comfort and saftey are the two most important aspects of riding a bike.