PostHeaderIcon Choosing the Right Bike for You

Did you know that thousands of people each year are getting back into cycling? The problem is most people do not know how to choose the right bicycle for themselves. This results in many getting the wrong kind or size of bike.

In the following paragraphs we will discuss how to choose the right bike for you. We will also provide some valuable tips on how to make that right choice.

What is the best type of bike for the average person?

 Choosing the Right Bike First there are many types of bikes. Comfort bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes and road bikes and each type can have several different classes. So let’s look at a couple.

Each bike shop employee will have his own ideas of what is the best bike. I personally think the best choices for a bike often is a city bike or a hybrid bike, although bike shop employees may tell you differently. These bicycles are the type that are somewhere between a mountain bike and a road bike. A hybrid bike is made for regular use around town, or regular use period.

Mountain bikes, however, are exactly as their name implies. They are intended for dirt tracks, and fall short when expected to do everyday duties.
Comfort bikes are made for those who want an easy relaxed ride.
Road bikes are made for those who want to tour, ride more aggressively and for racing.

 Choosing the Right Bike Once you have found the type of bike you prefer, it is extremely important to make sure the bike fits you. You can do this by straddling the frame of the bicycle to make sure your crotch area clears the middle bar by at least an inch or two. The bicycle seat needs to be adjusted so your knees will be slightly bent when the pedal is at its lowest point. You may need to adjust the seat and bring it down some if there is too much side to side movement in your hips when you ride your new bike. Any good salesperson should be able to help you with get the right size bike and any adjustments it might need.

Now that you have an idea of some of the things to look for when purchasing your new bike, you need to choose some accessories for your bike that will encourage you to ride your bike, such as a comfortable seat. You will also want to look for a bike with handlebars that will allow you to maintain a comfortable position while riding your bike. Other accessories you may want to consider are fenders, a rack, or even a basket though these are not necessary. But they can encourage you to use your new bike for daily chores, as well as exercise.

 Choosing the Right Bike Some accessories like toe clips, or metal cages on your pedals, may be offered. Toe clips are designed to keep your feet in constant contact with the pedals. They are a great extra but not for everyone. They can help prevent knee injury and give you more power by allowing you to lift up, as well as push down, when you’re pedaling. However, they are used mostly by avid riders and do take some getting used to. They lock your feet in so you lose some balance when going slow and though they release when you kick your heel out sideways they can take a couple of rides before you get used to the toe clips.

When you purchase your new bike, there are many options and extras that will be offered to you. You need to be careful you are not talked into something you really don’t want or need. You must use your best judgment, and choose what will suit you best.

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