Make Picking The Right Bicycle EasierWe have seen a change in transportation recently. 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 this because the last couple of decades have seen a major shift in the popularity of “living green.” Maybe it is because the cost of gas is just too high. Either way there are now more bikes on the road then ever before. Maybe you have considered buying a bike? If so the following is some handy advice on what to look out for.
You need to make sure you pick a bike that is the right size. The measurement of your inseam is needed for this. This is accomplished by measuring from your groin to your foot down the inside of your leg. The goal is to be able to sit on the seat of the bike and still rest your feet flat on the ground. This means that you will be able to stop your bicycle with your feet if the brakes do not work—without having to tilt the bicycle and risk doing harm to it and to yourself. Which handlebars to go with is also a serious decision. You may think all handlebars are the same, but they're not. Traditional handlebars that just go straight out are good for maneuvering over difficult terrain. They are also better for distributing your body weight over a larger area. For racing however you will want special handlebars, ones which are thinner and are positioned in such a way you can lean over them as you cycle. This is to lower wind resistance and will allow you to go faster. For those of us who only plan to use our bikes sporadically, you may wish to go with a handlebar style that is comfortable and yet easily stored away.
Don’t forget to buy your safety gear. Bicycle helmets have come a long way since they were first introduced. Not only do they look more a lot better than they used to, they are also built better to provide greater protection. You should never even think about riding the bike without first putting on your helmet. You don't even realize how important this thing can be in saving your life.
It wouldn't hurt to invest in some knee pads and elbow pads, as well as wrist and ankle guards if you plan to do some off-roading. If you plan to use your bike as a sole means of transportation, buy yourself some pants clips. These clips are designed to keep your pants from getting caught up in the gears and the chain.
You should keep these things in mind when you go out and buy a bicycle, especially if you want to find the one that is right for you. It can be a bit tedious and frustrating to try and figure out what all you need when you are buying a bicycle. As long as you go about the process slowly and research a little before you go, you should have no problem finding the perfect bike.