There are lots of reasons to take up cycling. Some people choose to ride bicycles because they cannot afford the cost of gas and automobile maintenance. Some are 'going green' and taking an active part in trying to help our environment by choosing to ride a bike over a car.
And then there are those who choose to cycle because they simply love it. No matter your reason for choosing to take up cycling, you need to know some important things before you decide on your first bicycle. You will be surprised at how much more there is to a bicycle than just the looks. This article is intended to give you a head's up on what you should keep in mind when it's time to buy your bicycle.
One way to choose the bike that fits you is to sit on the bike and see if your feet will rest flat on the floor, in case you need to stop yourself. There are experts who state that this isn't a good way to choose a bike, however. They say that it is better to give yourself a few inches between your feet and the ground to create a more comfortable cycling experience. When buying a new bike, you will see the seat is placed extremely low to the crossbar, so when you sit on the bike with your feet on the ground and are able to bend your knees, you should pick a different bike. If this is happening, when you start to pedal the bike then your knees are going to come up too high.
Always keep in mind that you want to test the bike before you buy it. You should never buy a bike until you have ridden it first, if only for a couple of minutes. Think about it: would you buy a car without taking it for a test drive?
It's the same thing with a used bicycle. You need to do this especially if you are spending a lot of money on a bike that you know you will use for a long time. You need to make sure the bike is a perfect fit. Physical fit is easy to determine, but you also need to find a bike that “fits” your riding style. You don't want make an investment on a bike that isn't going to feel good to ride.
If the bike you are buying is for your child, then you are going to have to think of something completely different than outlined here. A little sturdy bike is needed, which has wide tires for balance and brakes that are easy to use. You will definitely have to find more information consider how the bike looks when shopping for a child and you will want to find a well priced bike because children grow so fast. There are many different factors to take into account when finding the right bicycle. Is this a bike you are going to be riding every single day or is it a bike you are only going to ride every now and them? Which height is most comfortable for you? Are you a person who would rather your feet be flat on the ground when you are sitting or would you rather have a little room between your feet and the ground? You will need to consider each of these things when choosing your bicycle..