Criteria to Use when Buying a Cycling Bicycle

The preferred mode of transport has taken an unlikely turn in recent years. Before the car was transport of choice but recently however the use of push bikes has become increasingly popular. Perhaps this because the last couple of decades have seen a major shift in the popularity of “living green.” Maybe it is because the cost of gas is just too high. Either way you will now find the roads filled with more cyclists than ever before. Maybe you have considered buying a bike? If you have then there are several things you should look at when you do.

The brakes on your bike are of utmost importance. You need to make sure you understand how your brakes work and what kind of brakes you need your bike to have. If you are choosing a bicycle for sporadic hobby riding, you can get by with the brakes that are little more than pads that squeeze your tires to keep them from moving. For those who use their bike for serious riding and over heavy terrain better brakes may be needed. The best kind of braking system to choose for this style of riding is the disk brakes, because they are build to handle more and are less apt to fail under stress.

If you intend to get a road bike then take 9" away from your total inseam. This is to account for the size of tires you will use on a road bike. Designed to work best on concrete pavements, road bikes are best suited to cycling around the city. If you are looking for a mountain bike, you will want to subtract about a foot (twelve inches) from your inseam measurement. This is because the tires of a mountain bike are different than those on a road bike. They are thicker and meant for a rockier terrain. Mountain bikes can travel on city pavement but that is not what they are designed to do.

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. Find the position that will be most comfortable to you, and stick with it. You may find that if you leave the seat in the flat position, the narrow part of the seat will not allow you to comfortably bend forward.

When purchasing a bicycle, you have tons to consider. Your choices range from safety issues to those of fashion. It’s perfectly normal for you to feel a little overwhelmed their explanation and perhaps a little perplexed when starting out. Do your research and then you’ll feel better prepared to choose your new bike.

Before heading out to the store, learn a little bit about the available choices. It will pay off in the end.

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