Picking The Right Bike!Many people have found reason in taking 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.
Still others simply ride bicycles for fun. No matter your reason for choosing to take up cycling, you need to know some important things before you decide on your first bicycle. Choosing the right bicycle is more than just picking the one that's the best looking. This article gives you some tips and pointers to help you pick the bicycle that will be perfect for you.
You must make sure you get a bike that is the appropriate size for you. The measurement of your inseam is needed for this. Simply measure through your inner leg from your groin to the bottom of your foot to find out your inseam. You should ideally be able to place both feet on the ground when sitting news in on your bike. 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.
Do you need extra gadgets for your bike? Perhaps a basket to help you carry items will be helpful, should your bike be what you'll be using most. Will you be travelling with a child? If so, you will need to find a bicycle that can safely support a baby seat. Will you be towing anything behind you? You will have to get a bike that can support the trailer's weight.
You also want to make sure you leave some room between you and the crossbar of your bike. When you choose your bike, adjust the seat up a few inches from the crossbar and then sit on the bike. Your feet should still comfortably rest on the ground. Each type of bike will require differing clearance amounts. For example a touring bike will require around an inch. However for a mountain bike you will need 3" between the crossbar and yourself.
How well you fit physically with your bike is what is most important. That is the primary goal of anyone who chooses cycling as their primary form of transportation. Comfort and safety are both very important.