The preferred mode of transport has taken an unlikely turn in recent years. Before the car was transport of choice but recently however the use of push bikes has become increasingly popular. 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. Either way you will now find the roads filled with more cyclists than ever before. Have you been thinking about getting a bicycle? Here are some hints to help you choose the cycling bicycle that is right for you.
The brakes on your bike are of utmost importance. You need to make sure you understand how your brakes work and what kind of brakes you need your bike to have. Those who do not use their bikes very regularly will be happy with normal brakes, those which simply squeeze the tire with two small pads to slow the bike down. For more hardcore cycling on tough terrain you may want some better brakes. These brakes are called 'disc brakes' and are located within the wheel, they are far more reliable than normal brakes and are less likely to fail over time.
Before you buy any bicycle, you are going to want to take it for a test ride. You should never buy something you haven't tried out for at least a few minutes. This makes perfect sense because you know you'd never buy a car without test driving it first.
So why wouldn't this apply to buying a bicycle? This is especially important if you are going to be spending large sums of money for a bicycle that you are going to be riding a lot. Choose the bicycle that you know will fit you. 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 also want to make sure you leave some room between you and the crossbar of your bike. When you choose your bike, adjust the seat up a few inches from the crossbar and then sit on the bike. Make certain you can still place both feet flatly on the ground. You will want to leave different clearance lengths depending on the type of bicycle you are buying. As an example, with a touring bike you will only require around 1". With a mountain bike a clearance of 3" will be necessary.
The options and technologies available for biking are overwhelming as you search for this a new bicycle. Your choices range from safety issues to those of fashion. If you don’t have a lot of experience with cycling bicycles, you will probably feel overwhelmed and insecure as you start your shopping. Do your research and then you’ll feel better prepared to choose your new bike.
Look up some of your choices before you hit the store. You’ll be glad you did!