We have seen a change in transportation recently. Cars have long been the most likely mode of transport in developed countries, however bikes are beginning to rise in popularity. It could be down to efforts to remain green, perhaps people want to save money on high gas prices, or maybe many people just want to get in shape! 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 tempted to use a bike for your everyday transport needs? If so the following is some handy advice on what to look out for.
The first thing you should think about, which is pretty obvious, needs to be the cost. Of course you are going to need to think about how much you will ride your bike as well as where you are going to be riding it, but cost is one of the most important things.
Some of the best bicycles you can find will cost thousands of dollars. The beauty of all this is you can save a ton of money when purchasing your bicycle, if you just know where to look for it. You could check out bicycles that are being auctioned off and could save tons of money while getting the best bike for you. The handlebars you choose are another important aspect. As you probably know, there are many different types of handlebars. It's easier to handle a bike over rough terrain with handlebars that extend straight out. They are also better for distributing your body weight over a larger area. For racing bikes you will want completely different handlebars, these handlebars will curve and allow you to ride your bike in a leaning position, this is to cut down on wind resistance and allow you to cycle faster. If you aren’t going to be using your bicycle very often, you might simply opt for a handlebar style that feels comfortable and makes it easier to store your bicycle while you aren’t using it.
Just exactly how many gears do you think you’ll use? If you are going to be travelling in relatively flat places, you will not need as many gears as you would need in rockier terrain or a terrain with lots of hills. Just because a bike has more gears doesn't make it better. Sometimes bike riders don’t ever use all the gears on their bike. Don't waste your money on something you won't use. Ensure you have enough gears to handle the situations in which you will be riding, especially if you bike will be your main mode of transport. You need to consider several things when choosing your bicycle for the first time. Are you going to be riding your bicycle every day or riding it only when you feel the urge to? What seat height gives you the most comfortable ride? Would you rather be able to put your feet flat on the ground or would advice you rather have that few inches between your feet and the ground when you are sitting down? These are some of the things you need to consider when choosing your bike.