There is a misconception that picking the right bike is easy. Many people think they simply find the bike that looks good and feels comfortable. The truth is that there is a lot more to finding the right bicycle these days than there used to be. Cycling is increasing in popularity each day, be it for fun or as a serious mode of transport, there are now more bikes to choose from than ever before. In recent times a trend has emerged of people riding bikes as their main method of transport. There are also plenty of families that cycle as a hobby. No matter why you are picking your bicycle, here are some ways to help you along.
The brakes on your bike are of utmost importance. You need to make sure you understand how your brakes work and what kind of brakes you need your bike to have. For light use you can get a bike with traditional brakes, ones which simply squeeze the tires with small pads. For more hardcore cycling on tough terrain you may want some better brakes. Disc brakes sit within the wheels themselves and work are less likely to give out under stress. You shouldn't ever sit the seat at the lowest setting, which means sitting on the crossbar. You always want to change the position of the seat so that it is a few inches higher than normal, so keep this in mind when picking your bike. You want to have the comfort of the seat being higher up than the crossbar on the bike, because if the seat is sitting on the crossbar, you will not be comfortable. The best way to adjust your seat to the correct height is to place your foot on the pedal at the lowest setting and bring the seat up as high as it can go so that your leg is almost fully extended.
How many gears do you need? Traveling through flat areas requires far less gears than riding in a mountainous area. A bike isn’t better just because it has more gears than another. Sometimes bike riders don’t ever use all the gears on their bike. Why spend extra money paying for something that you don’t need? 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.
Your main priority is the physical fit of your bike. Selecting a bike with a good next fit for you is of the utmost importance, when using a bike as the main way to get from A to B. Comfort and safety are both very important.