Choosing A Good Bike
Many people consider getting a bicycle. However, most people do not know how to choose the right bicycle, thus many end up getting the wrong kind. The following paragraphs will discuss how to choose the right bike for you, as well as provide some valuable tips on how to choose the right bicycle.
Although bike shop employees may tell you differently, the best choices for a bike are often a city bike or a hybrid. These bicycles are the type that are somewhere between a mountain bike and a road bike. A city bike is made for regular use around town, or regular use period. Mountain bikes, however, are exactly as their name implies. They are intended for dirt tracks, and fall very short when expected to do everyday duties.
Once you have found the type of bike you prefer, it is extremely important to choose a bike with a comfortable seat. You will also want to look for a bike with handlebars that will allow you to maintain an upright position. Fenders, a rack, or even a basket is not necessary, but can help encourage you to use your new bike for daily chores, as well as exercise.
Now that you have an idea of some of the things to look for when purchasing your new bike, you need to make sure the bike fits you. You can do this by straddling the frame of the bicycle to make sure you crotch area clears the middle bar by at least an inch or two. Most bicycle seats can be adjusted so your knees will be slightly bent when the pedal is at it’s lowest point. If there is too much side to side movement in your hips when you ride your new bike, the seat is too high. You may need to adjust the seat and bring it down some. Most salespeople will help you with your bicycle adjustments if you ask.
When you purchase your new bike, there are many options and extras that will be offered to you. You must use your best judgment, and choose what will suit you best. Toe clips, or metal cages on your pedals, may be offered. These toe clips are designed to keep your feet in place, in constant contact with the pedals. This can help prevent knee injury by allowing you to lift up, as well as push down, when you are pedaling your new bike. However, you should beware. It can take a couple of rides before you get used to the toe clips.