We have seen a change in transportation recently. Cars were the king of the road, however we can now see a growing trend in the popularity of cycling as a main method of transport. This trend can be attributed to the idea of keeping things 'green' in a bid to take care of our planet. It doesn't hurt that gas is increasing in price either! The fact is there are plenty more cyclists on the road now than there were just a few years ago. Have you been thinking about getting a bicycle? If this is the case it is important you know what to look for, the following tips will help you in your quest to find a suitable bike.
It goes without saying that choosing the correctly sized bike is of utmost importance. The measurement of your inseam is needed for this. To do this, simply run a measuring tape up the inside of your leg from the bottom of your foot to your groin. You should ideally be able to place both feet on the ground when sitting in on your bike. This is for saftey reasons and will allow you to stop the bike if your brakes fail, avoiding any injury.
For a road bike you should take away 9" from the inseam measurement you took earlier. This is down to the tires a road bike equips. Designed to work best on concrete pavements, road bikes are best suited to cycling around the city. You will want to subtract 12" for a mountain bike. This is because home the tires of a mountain bike are different than those on a road bike. Mountain bike tires are thicker than road bike tires, designed for rocky terrain. You can use mountain bikes for city cycling, but the opposite is not true and they are nowhere near as good on city streets as road bikes.
Be sure to allow room between the crossbar and yourself. When you choose your bike, adjust the seat up a few inches from the crossbar and then sit on the bike. Make sure you can place both feet on the ground if need be. You will want to leave different clearance lengths depending on the type of bicycle you are buying. A touring bike for example will require around 1", perhaps slightly more. With a mountain bike however you will need some more, 3 inches should suffice.
So many options are available to you as you shop for a new bike. Your choices range from safety issues to those of fashion. It’s perfectly normal for you to feel a little overwhelmed and perhaps a little perplexed when starting out. 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. You’ll reap the benefits.