Some folks think there is nothing easier than picking a cycling bicycle. They think that all they have to do is pick out which bicycle looks the prettiest to them and allows them to sit comfortably. Wrong, there is more to it these days than simply looks and comfort. With cycling becoming more popular in almost every area of life (transportation, lifestyle, sports, hobbies) there are more bicycles than ever to choose from. 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.
We’d be misleading you if we didn’t admit that fashion does impact your decision. We all like one color or style more than another. You’d be silly not to pay attention to these factors when getting your new bike. Using style and fashion preferences as your main criteria is silly, unless you are only getting a bike to look good. Safety and comfort should be considered first. When you’ve assembled some bikes that are both comfortable and safe, then look to see which you like the looks of better.
If you want to ride a road bike, you will need to subtract about nine inches from your inseam measurement. The size of the tires a road bike uses are the reason for this. Designed to work best on concrete pavements, road bikes are best suited to cycling around the city. For a mountain bike you will need to take 12" away from your total inseam. The tires on a mountain bike are not the same as a road bike. Mountain bike tires are thicker than road bike tires, designed for rocky terrain. You can use mountain bikes for city cycling, but the opposite is not true and they are nowhere near as good on city streets as road bikes.
You also want to make sure you leave some room between you and the crossbar of your bike. When you get a bike be sure to move the seat up a couple of helpful site inches from the crossbar. Sit on it and make sure you can rest your feet flat to the ground. Each type of bike will require differing clearance amounts. A good example is a touring bike, with these bikes you will only need around 1" difference. However for a mountain bike you will need 3" between the crossbar and yourself.
You will see there are many things you should consider when you are finding the bike that's right for you. It can become a frustrating process at times to try and figure out exactly what bike you need and which accessories you should get to go with it. Don't become discouraged; map out what you need for your bike and you'll be on your way in no time.