The preferred mode of transport has taken an unlikely turn in recent years. 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. Perhaps the trend can be put down to 'green' thinking, or maybe just the prices of gas are starting to get to people. The fact is there are plenty more cyclists on the road now than there were just a few years ago. Maybe you have considered buying a bike? If so the following is some handy advice on what to look out for.
It’s okay for fashion to affect the decision you make about your new bicycle. 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). Evaluating your choices according to safety and comfort will be the best first step. After finding bikes that are both safe and comfy, then you can see which ones look the best to you.
If you want to ride a road bike, you will need to subtract about nine inches from your inseam measurement. This is due to the type of tires you will be using for a road bike. Designed to work best on concrete pavements, road bikes are best suited to cycling around the city. For a mountain bike take away 12 inches from your inseam. The tires on address a mountain bike are not the same as a road bike. Mountain bike tires will be thick and designed for mountainous terrain. 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.
How many gears will you use on a regular basis? If you plan to ride in rocky or mountainous areas, you’ll need more gears than riding on flat land. A bike isn’t better just because it has more gears than another. Sometimes bike riders don’t ever use all the gears on their bike. Don't waste your money on something you won't use. Of course, if your cycling bicycle is going to be your primary mode of transportation you might need to make sure you have enough gears to handle rough situations.
The options and technologies available for biking are overwhelming as you search for a new bicycle. You have innumerable decisions to make as you choose how safe a bike to buy, as well as one that is pleasing to the eye. You can feel unsure of yourself, and a bit overwhelmed, as you attempt to purchase a new bike. By investing a bit of your time to look at your preferences you will make the best decision.
Before heading out to the store, learn a little bit about the available choices. You’ll reap the benefits.