There are several different reasons people choose to cycle as a mode of transportation. You may not even choose to ride a bicycle as a means of transportation at all. Engaging in exercise is one of the overwhelming reasons that a large number of individuals choose to go cycling. Some people are competitors in cycling. And there are others that simply want a way to bond with their family, so they take up cycling. Regardless of your reason for needing to find a bicycle, you need to take some things into consideration when the time comes to choose the perfect bicycle for you. These tips are intended to help you along your way.
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 experts who state that this isn't a good way to choose a bike, however. They state the best way to choose a bike is to leave a few inches between your feet and the ground so you can have a more comfortable ride. The seat will usually sit a little low and too close to the crossbar if you are able to bend your knees while your feet are on the ground and your backside is on the bicycle’s seat. If this is happening, when you start to pedal the bike then your knees are going to come up too high.
Be cautious, however, and always be sure to test the bike out before you buy it. You should never buy something you haven't tried out for at least a few minutes. This makes perfect sense because you know you'd never buy a car without test driving it first.
So why wouldn't this apply to buying 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. Choose the bicycle that you know will fit you. Physical fit is easy to determine, but you also need to find a bike that “fits” your riding style. You wouldn't want to waste money on a bicycle you don't enjoy riding.
Another essential element in a comfortable cycling experience is the angle of the seat(also known as the saddle). Bicycles can be tilted in a number of ways. What angle you tilt your seat at is solely going to depend on what position you find most comfortable. The seat allows you to make this adjustment to conform to your desired riding position. You can always link leave the seat in the position it is in, but you will most likely find it to be very uncomfortable to ride.
Lots and lots of different features and options are out there as you look for a new bicycle. From how safe the bicycle is to what it looks like, there are lots of choices to make. It’s perfectly normal for you to feel a little overwhelmed and perhaps a little perplexed when starting out. The good news is that, with a little research, you can make a very informed decision about which bicycle is best for you.
Before heading out to the store, learn a little bit about the available choices. You’ll reap the benefits.