In recent times the western world has undergone a transportation change. 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 there are now more bikes on the road then 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.
One thing that is usually the first on the list is the cost of the bike. Of course you are going to need to think about how much you will ride your bike as well as where you are going to be riding it, but cost is one of the most important things.
You can find bicycles that range in price from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. The beauty of all this is you can save a ton of money when purchasing your bicycle, if you just know where to look for it. The local auctions are some of the best ways to find wonderful deals on things like bicycles and equipment so you won't find yourself spending too much money.
Be cautious, however, and always be sure to test the bike out before you buy it. You should never buy a bike until you have ridden it first, if only for a couple of minutes. It's the same concept as buying a used car, there's no way you would take it without testing it.
Why wouldn’t you do the same with a bicycle? You really need to be sure to test it if you plan to spend a good bit on the bicycle or if you are going to be spending a lot of time riding it. You need to make sure the bike is going to '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 spend your hard earned money on something that isn't comfortable, would you?
It is important you allow for room between you and the crossbar. When you get a bike be sure to move the seat up a couple of inches from the crossbar. Make sure you can place both feet on the ground if need be. Each type of bike requires different clearances. If you are see post buying a touring bike, for example, you only need an inch or so of clearance. If you are buying a mountain bike you’ll want more—three inches or so between you and the crossbar.
When looking for a bike your main goal is to find one that suits you physically. If you intend to use your bike a lot, perhaps as your main method of transport, it is important you keep this in mind. Comfort and saftey are the two most important aspects of riding a bike.