Choosing the Right Bike for You

We have seen a change in transportation recently. More and more people are leaving the car behind in favor of the bicycle, in the west the car reigned supreme but we are now seeing a growth in popularity of the bike. This could be because down to the prices of gas and running a car, or perhaps people are deciding to care more for the planet. No matter what has caused it, the fact is there are now more cyclists on the road than in a long while. Have you been thinking about getting a bicycle? If you have been thinking about using a bike as your main mode of transportation, or just thinking about getting one for fun, there are a few things you need to think about.

You must make sure you get a bike that is the appropriate size for you. To do this, you will need to measure your inseam. Your inseam is the amount of inches from the bottom of your foot, up the inside of your leg to your groin. You should be able to sit on your bike while keeping both feet flat on the ground. This is for saftey reasons and will find allow you to stop the bike if your brakes fail, avoiding any injury.

Will you need more bells and whistles for your bike to function optimally? A basket will help if you are planning to carry items on your bike. Could a child need a ride on your bike with you? Attaching a child seat is not possible for every bike, so choose wisely. Will you be towing anything behind you? If so, you will need to find a bicycle that can support the weight of a small trailer or whatever else you will be towing behind you.

Ask yourself the number of gears necessary for your bike. Make your choice by knowing that if you ride in mountainous areas you’ll need more gears than when riding in a flat area. A bike isn’t better just because it has more gears than another. The truth is that you might not need all of those different gears. It’s a waste of money to pay for all those unused gears. Know how you’ll ride your bike; make sure you have the correct gears for traveling, especially when this is your main mode of transport. There are many different factors to take into account when finding the right bicycle. Is this a bike you are going to be riding every single day or is it a bike you are only going to ride every now and them? Which height is most comfortable for you? Do you prefer your feet to rest flat on the ground or do you like to have some room between them and the ground when you are sitting on the bicycle’s seat? You will want to answer all of these important questions, as you make your bicycle selection.

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