How To Choose A Bike
Before you make an expensive purchase, you should know how to choose a bike. Bikes are usually expensive purchases, but they are worth it because they last a long time when taken care of and chosen right. Many people don’t know how to choose a bike, it is not always as simple as just picking a bike that looks nice or is cheap. The more you know about how to choose a bike, the longer you will be able to use it, and you will have little to no problems with it.
1. Determine the use of the bike. Bikes cover a wide variety of needs so it is important to know what type of bike you are looking for. Different types of bikes and different styles cater to different needs. You would not want a BMX bike to get to and from work. Here is a list of different bikes and what they are used for:
- Utility-Used for general use.
- Mountain Bikes- Used for riding in mountainous areas or rocky areas.
- BMX Bikes-Used for performing tricks and stunts.
- Tandem Bikes-Used for two person riding.
- Folding Bikes-Bikes that fold for easy portability.
- Cycling Bikes-Used for performance in races and bike tours
2. Make sure the size is appropriate. You should stand over the bike with your legs on either side to make sure it is the right height. There should be a comfortable amount of room between you and the bike. When you sit on the seat your legs should fully extend when pushed away from the body. If the sizing is off, you will not get much use out of the bike because it will not be comfortable.
3. Decide how you want your bike made. Here are two general ways to purchase a bike. You can buy it online or from a sporting store, or you can have it custom made. Search for local bike shops in your town if this is the route you choose to take.
4. Decide if you want your bike new or used. A used bike can be beneficial if you don’t want to spend a lot of money. However you don’t know all that the bike had been through and depending on how old it is, it will not feel the same riding it as a new bike will
5. Take the bike for a ride. Before you purchase a bike, always test ride it. Make sure the brakes and gears work. And that the bike moves smoothly.