Many differing options are available to you as you look to purchase a bicycle. Finding their next bike is hard for even those folks who are paid to ride. All the varieties and options make it really hard to buy a new bike. If you know how and when you want to ride, where you are going to ride, how comfortable and safe you must be, and what you’d like to look like as you ride, you’ll have an easier time choosing your bike. How can you make a decision when there are so many different choices available, and new options being released every day? It’s easy to just use our criteria to pick the best bike for you.
We’d be lying if we tried to tell you that fashion shouldn’t play into your choice. 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. 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. After finding bikes that are both safe and comfy, then you can see which ones look the best to you.
For a road bike you should take away 9" from the inseam measurement you took earlier. This is to account for the size of tires you will use on 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. Again this is to account for the type of tires you will be using. 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 review not what they are best suited for.
Be sure to allow room between the crossbar and yourself. When choosing a bike move the seat so it is a couple of inches above 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. For example a touring bike will require around an inch. However for a mountain bike you will need 3" between the crossbar and yourself.
When purchasing a bicycle, you have tons to consider. From fashion to safety, you have a multitude of choices to make. You can feel unsure of yourself, and a bit overwhelmed, as you attempt to purchase a new bike. You can rest assured that by doing minimal research into your options, you’ll make the perfect decision for you.
Take your time to learn about your options before you shop. You’ll reap the benefits.