There are several different reasons people choose to cycle as a mode of transportation. Many of these reasons are not at all related with how you like to travel. Some people take up cycling in order to exercise. Some people are competitors in cycling. Another group of individuals take pleasure in a simple, relaxed ride through their neighborhood. No matter your reason for needing to choose a bicycle, you need to consider a number of different things in order to choose the one that is right for you. Here are some hints to help you make your choice.
The first thing you need to do is try the bicycle on for size, meaning sit on it and make sure that your feet are still flat on the floor so you will be able to stop yourself. There are those who say that this isn't the best way, though. It is their belief, that your time on your bicycle will be much more comfortable, if you allow your feet to remain several inches off the ground. You will likely find that the seat will rest too near the crossbar, if, when you sit on the seat, your knees are bent with your feet flat on the ground, which is an indication that the seat needs to be raised. If you can bend your knees, your knees will come up too high when you are pedaling.
You should always make sure to give the bike a test run before committing to buying it, though. Take it around the block if you can to make sure that it's worth the money and it's right for you. Think about it: would you buy a car without taking it for a test drive?
Why wouldn’t you do the same with a bicycle? This is especially important if you are going to be spending large sums of money for a bicycle that you are going to be riding a lot. You want to find a bike that fits you. You should have no problem finding one that you can ride easily, but you also need to find a bike that fits your riding style. You wouldn't want to spend your hard earned money on something that isn't comfortable, would you?
Another thing to keep in mind is purchasing safety gear. Bicycle helmets are something completely different than they once were. Not only do they look a lot better than they used to, they are also built better to provide greater protection. It is important that you never ride your bicycle without also wearing your helmet. You'd be surprised at how many lives have been saved from that one simple thing.
It wouldn't hurt to also grab some elbow and knee guards, as well as ankle and wrist guards, just in case you decide to take your bike off the road. If you plan to use your bike as a sole means of transportation, buy yourself some pants clips. These click clips are designed to keep your pants from getting caught up in the gears and the chain.
There are many different things you should consider when the time comes to buy the perfect bicycle for yourself. It can become a bit overwhelming when going shopping for a bike and accessories because there is just so much to choose from. Take your time and do some research and you’ll find the right bike before you know it.