Most people assume picking the right bike is an easy task. They think that all they have to do is pick out which bicycle looks the prettiest to them and allows them to sit comfortably. The truth is that there is a lot more to finding the right bicycle these days than there used to be. With cycling becoming more popular in almost every area of life (transportation, lifestyle, sports, hobbies) there are more bicycles than ever to choose from. Some people are choosing to cycle as a means of transportation on a regular basis. Some people have decided to take up cycling as a hobby. If you want to know those important things to look out for when selecting a bike, read the following.
You must make sure you get a bike that is the appropriate size for you. To accomplish this you need know your inseam measurement. Your inseam is the amount of inches from the bottom of your foot, up the inside of your leg to your groin. You should ideally be able to place both feet on the ground when sitting in on your bike. This means that you will find be able to stop your bicycle with your feet if the brakes do not work—without having to tilt the bicycle and risk doing harm to it and to yourself.
For road bikes take away 9 inches from the total of your inseam. This is to account for the size of tires you will use on a road bike. These tires will be thinner and designed for efficiency on concrete roads or pavements. You will want to subtract 12" for a mountain bike. Mountain bikes have different tires than a road bike. You will find them to be much bigger and designed to handle rocky terrain. It is possible to use mountain bikes for city cycling although this is not what they are best suited for.
How many gears will you use on a regular basis? Traveling through flat areas requires far less gears than riding in a mountainous area. Just because a bike has more gears doesn't make it better. You may never have cause to use all the gears. Save your money for a different feature you’ll really use. If your bike is going to be the main means of travel for you, you absolutely must get the number of gears you need for the situations in which you’ll ride.
There are lots of things to think about when you are trying to find the right cycling bicycle to fit your needs. It can be a bit tedious and frustrating to try and figure out what all you need when you are buying a bicycle. Take your time and do some research and you’ll find the right bike before you know it.