Many people have found reason in taking up cycling. There are many that decide to ride bicycles because they are able to save a ton of money on both the price of gas and maintenance costs. Some are 'going green' and taking an active part in trying to help our environment by choosing to ride a bike over a car.
Still others simply ride bicycles for fun. Whatever your reason for going cycle shopping there are some definite criteria that you need to think about before you make your choice. Bicycles should not just be chosen because of their looks or their brand name. Outlined hereafter are some pointers you can take into consideration when going out to buy your bike.
We’d be misleading you if we didn’t admit that fashion does impact your decision. We all like one color or style more than another. These are going to come into play when you are shopping for your bicycle. Using style and fashion preferences as your main criteria is silly, unless you are only getting a bike to look good. Evaluating your choices according to safety and comfort will be the best first step. But once you have found the safest and most comfortable bicycles, there is no reason you shouldn’t narrow down your choice further by how the bike appeals to you visually.
If you intend to get a road bike then take 9" away from your total inseam. This is down to the tires a road bike equips. Designed to work best on concrete pavements, road bikes are best suited to cycling around the city. If you are looking for a mountain bike, you will want to subtract about a foot (twelve inches) from your inseam measurement. This is because the tires of a mountain bike are different than those on a road bike. They are thicker and meant for a rockier 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.
Which angle you tilt your seat at is also an important factor. Bicycles can be tilted in a number of ways. Most find that a flat seat can prove to be extremely uncomfortable, so they adjust it to their preference. The seat allows you to make this adjustment to conform to your desired riding position. You may find that if you leave the seat in the flat position, the narrow part of the seat will not allow you to comfortably bend forward.
When you get a bike your main goal should be to find one that physically suits you. If you intend to use your bike a lot, perhaps as your main method anonymous of transport, it is important you keep this in mind. You want to feel comfortable and safe as you travel from one point to another.