There are several different reasons people choose to cycle as a mode of transportation. Many of these reasons are not at all related with how you like to travel. Lots of people go cycling as a form of exercise. Some people are competitors in cycling. And some people decide that they want to take up cycling as a hobby with their family and friends. No matter your reason for needing to choose a bicycle, you need to consider a number of different things in order to choose the one that is right for you. In order to assist you in your decision, we have put together a few tips.
We’d be lying if we tried to tell you that fashion shouldn’t play into your choice. The fact is that we all have color and style preferences. These preferences must be listened to when getting your next bike. Obviously, the style and fashion elements of the bicycle should not be your top priority (unless the bicycle is just for show). 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. Which handlebars to go with is also a serious decision. Not all handlebars are the same. Traditional handlebars that just go straight out are good for maneuvering over difficult terrain. They are good for distributing your weight as you ride over a bigger area. For racing however you will want special handlebars, ones which are thinner and are positioned in such a way you can lean over them as you cycle. This is to lower wind resistance and will allow you to go faster. For those of us who only plan to use our bikes sporadically, you may wish to go with a handlebar style that is comfortable and yet easily stored away.
It is important that you allow adequate room between you and the crossbar. When you get a bike be sure to move the seat up a couple of inches from the crossbar. You should be able to still rest your feet flat on the floor. You will want to leave different clearance lengths depending on the type of bicycle you are buying. If you are buying a touring bike, for example, you only need an inch or so of clearance. For mountain bikes you will require somewhere around 3 inches. Several different factors play into how you are going to choose 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 right here between them and the ground when you are sitting on the bicycle’s seat? Think about all this when buying your bike, and you will make the right choice.