It Isn't So Simple Picking The Right Bike

We have seen a change in transportation recently. 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. This trend can be attributed to the idea of keeping things 'green' in a bid to take care of our planet. It doesn't hurt that gas is increasing in price either! No matter what has caused it, the fact is there are now more cyclists on the road than in a long while. Maybe you have considered buying a bike? If you have been thinking about using a bike as your main mode of transportation, or just thinking about getting one for fun, there are a few things you need to think about.

It’s okay for fashion to affect the decision you make about your new bicycle. The color we like best, or the style we like least, all influence our choices. These preferences must be listened to when getting your next bike. Looking good will be a great benefit of getting your new bike, but don’t let fashion choices be the guiding decisions factors. Evaluating your choices according to safety and comfort will be the best first step. Then, when safety and comfort have been secured, choose your favorites according to their visual appearance.

If you want to ride a road bike, you will need to subtract about nine inches from your inseam measurement. This is down to the tires a road bike equips. Road bikes are meant for city cycling—the tires are thinner and work best on concrete paving. For a mountain bike you will need to take 12" away from your total inseam. Again this is to account for the type of tires you will be using. These tires are designed to handle rocky and jagged terrain so are therefore thicker. You can use mountain bikes for city cycling, but the opposite is not true and they are nowhere near as good on city streets as road bikes.

The angle of your seat (also called the saddle) is also important. You can tilt the seat any way you want it. Some cyclists are more comfortable in a slightly forward position, and therefore, find a completely flat seat inappropriate for them. Continue to adjust your seat until it feels the best other for you. You may find that if you leave the seat in the flat position, the narrow part of the seat will not allow you to comfortably bend forward. You will need to think about many different things when choosing a bike for them. The durability of a bike may be the most important thing depending on how you intend to use it. While other people just want a bike that is comfortable and will get them from one place to another without risk of breaking down. For others, price is a major factor. Research is important when purchasing anything, especially a bike. You will also want to shop around to find the best deal. Never jump on the first thing that is pretty, because you never know if you are making a mistake.

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