The preferred mode of transport has taken an unlikely turn in recent years. 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 could be because down to the prices of gas and running a car, or perhaps people are deciding to care more for the planet. Either way you will now find the roads filled with more cyclists than ever before. Have you been tempted to use a bike for your everyday transport needs? If you have been thinking about using a bike as your main mode of transportation, or just thinking about getting one for fun, there are a few things you need to think about.
You must make sure you get a bike that is the appropriate size for you. Begin by measuring your inseam. Your inseam is the amount of inches from the bottom of your foot, up the inside of your leg to your groin. The goal is to be able to sit on the seat of the bike and still rest your feet flat on the ground. If you can do this you need not worry about stopping in an emergency if your brakes malfunction.
Don't ever make the purchase until you have tried the bicycle out. You should never buy something you haven't dig this tried out for at least a few minutes. It's the same concept as buying a used car, there's no way you would take it without testing it.
The same rule applies to a bicycle. You need to do this especially if you are spending a lot of money on a bike that you know you will use for a long time. You need to make sure the bike is going to 'fit' you. This doesn't only mean physically fit you, this also means one that easily fits your riding styles. Why would you spend money on something that does not feel comfortable to ride?
The number of gears you’ll use will also affect your choice. If you are going to be travelling in relatively flat places, you will not need as many gears as you would need in rockier terrain or a terrain with lots of hills. Many beginning cyclists think that the more gears a bicycle has, the better it is. In actuality, you may never use all the gears. Don’t spend money on something you won’t use. 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. When you are searching for the appropriate cycling bicycle to suit you, there are a number of factors to consider. Is this a bike you are going to be riding every single day or is it a bike you are only going to ride every now and them? What seat height gives you the most comfortable ride? Do you feel more at ease with your feet just above the ground as you sit on the seat, or would you rather that your feet sit flat when you are at rest? Think about all this when buying your bike, and you will make the right choice.