In recent times the western world has undergone a transportation change. 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. Perhaps the trend can be put down to 'green' thinking, or maybe just the prices of gas are starting to get to people. 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 to consider when buying a bicycle is the cost of the bike. 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.
You can find bicycles that range in price from hundreds of dollars to 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. Used bicycles and bicycles being sold at auction are great ways to save money while still getting the cycling bicycle that you need and want. Which handlebars to go with is also a serious decision. There are many different types to choose from, each better for specific roles. Handlebars that extend straight out give you more control over how your bike is maneuvered over rough terrain. They are good for distributing your weight as you ride over a bigger area. If you plan to use your bike for racing you will likely want to go with a find different type of handlebar, such a handlebar is thinner and allows you to lean over the bike while you ride, this makes you more streamlined and allows you to cycle faster. If you aren't using your bike constantly, the best thing to choose is something that is simply comfortable and allows you to store your bike easily when it isn't in use.
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. The number of gears doesn’t make one bike better than another. Sometimes bike riders don’t ever use all the gears on their bike. It’s a waste of money to pay for all those unused gears. 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.
The options and technologies available for biking are overwhelming as you search for a new bicycle. You have innumerable decisions to make as you choose how safe a bike to buy, as well as one that is pleasing to the eye. Feeling a little defeated at the outset of choosing your new bike is normal. By investing a bit of your time to look at your preferences you will make the best decision.
Do this research before you go shopping. The peace it will offer during shopping makes it very worthwhile.