Pointers to Help You Find the Right Bicycle

We have seen a change in transportation recently. 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. It could be down to efforts to remain green, perhaps people want to save money on high gas prices, or maybe many people just want to get in shape! Either way you will now find the roads filled with more cyclists than ever before. Have you been thinking about getting a bicycle? 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.

The first thing to ensure is you get a bike that is the right size. For this you must calculate your inseam. 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 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.

Don't ever make the purchase until you have tried the bicycle out. Don't just jump on and jump off though, take a nice little ride for at least a few minutes. It's news exactly the same as buying a used car; you would never find yourself buying a used car without taking it out for a ride.

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 money on the bicycle, and if you are going to ride the bicycle a lot. Choose the bicycle that you know will fit you. This doesn't only mean physically fit you, this also means one that easily fits your riding styles. You wouldn't want to spend your hard earned money on something that isn't comfortable, would you?

If you are buying a cycling bicycle for your children, you have an entirely different set of criteria to think about. A little sturdy bike is needed, which has wide tires for balance and brakes that are easy to use. Style usually is also a factor in children’s bikes as is price because a bicycle can quickly become too small for your son or daughter to ride comfortably. Several different factors play into how you are going to choose the right bicycle. Is this a bike you are going to be riding every single day or is it a bike you are only going to ride every now and them? At what height do you feel the most comfortable? Would you rather be able to put your feet flat on the ground or would you rather have that few inches between your feet and the ground when you are sitting down? All of these factors will come into play as you make your choice.

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