Finding the Best Bike for You - What To Seek OutIn the last couple of decades a major shift has been happening in transportation. Cars have long been the most likely mode of transport in developed countries, however bikes are beginning to rise in popularity. Perhaps this because the last couple of decades have seen a major shift in the popularity of “living green.” Maybe it is because the cost of gas is just too high. No matter what has caused it, the fact is there are now more cyclists on the road than in a long while. Perhaps you have been giving some thought to getting a bike yourself? 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.
Fashion really does affect the choice you make when purchasing a new bike. Our preferences are reflected in color and style choices. You’d be silly not to pay attention to these factors when getting your new bike. Obviously, the style and fashion elements of the bicycle should not be your top priority (unless the bicycle is just for show). Check to see how your bicycle choices rate for both safety and comfort at the very beginning of your search. After finding bikes that are both safe and comfy, then you can see which ones look the best to you.
Be cautious, however, and always be sure to test the bike out before you buy it. Don't just jump on and jump off though, take a nice little ride for at least a few minutes. Do you know of anyone that would buy a used car without taking it out for a test drive?
The same rule applies to 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. Not only should it be the correct size for you, but it should be easily adaptable to your lifestyle, meaning your riding style. You wouldn't want to waste money on a bicycle you don't enjoy riding.
You should already have your safety gear bought and ready to go. Bicycle helmets are something completely different than they once were. Not only do they look a little better now, they are also safer for you. You should never even think about riding the bike without first putting on your helmet. You don't even realize how important this thing can be in saving your life.
If you are going to be taking your bike off road, then you need to also invest in some knee and elbow pads, as well as ankle and wrist guards. Pants description clips are another great investment, especially if you are using your bike as your sole means of transportation. These are clips that keep your pants legs up and out of the way of your gears and chain. You need to consider several things when choosing your bicycle for the first time. Do you want to ride your bicycle every day or do you see yourself only riding it once in a while? What height makes you feel the most comfortable? 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? Think about all this when buying your bike, and you will make the right choice.