So You Need a New Cycling 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. Perhaps the trend can be put down to 'green' thinking, or maybe just the prices of gas are starting to get to people. Either way there are now more bikes on the road then ever before. Perhaps you have been giving some thought to getting a bike yourself? If so the following is some handy advice on what to look out for.

The first thing to ensure is you get a bike that is the right size. To accomplish this you need know your inseam measurement. Simply measure through your inner leg from your groin to the bottom of your foot to find out your inseam. 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. You should never buy a bike until you have ridden it first, if only for a couple of minutes. This makes perfect sense because you know you'd never buy a car without test driving it first.

So why wouldn't this apply to buying a bicycle? You really need to be sure to test it if you plan to spend a good bit on the bicycle or if you are going to be spending a lot of time riding it. You need to make sure the bike is a perfect fit. You should have no problem finding one that you can ride easily, but you also need to find a bike that fits your riding style. Why would you spend money on something that does not feel comfortable to ride?

You also want to make sure you leave some room between you and the crossbar of your bike. When selecting a bike make sure you move the seat up slightly, to around a few inches above the height of the crossbar. Make sure you can place both feet on the ground if need be. You will want to leave different clearance lengths depending on the type of bicycle you are buying. As an example, with a touring bike you will only require around 1". With a mountain bike a clearance of 3" will be necessary. You have many things to consider when getting a bicycle. For some folks, sturdiness and stability will be a factor because they will need a bike that can take a lot of wear and tear. You may simply be looking for the bike least likely to malfunction because you rely on it to get around. For others, price is a major factor. Research bikes before her explanation you decide which you want, then shop around before purchasing. If you just get the first one you find it may not be the best suited for you and could even be a bad bike.

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