You should take the time to research and invest in a good bicycle for the best experience. Some people are tempted to go for a cheap bike and regret it later.
Here is how you to choose the best bike for you:
Determine your Needs
How often will you use the bike? When and where will you be riding it? Who do you ride with? What do they ride? Will you be riding on roads, paths, or mountain trails? This is all going to affect the type of bike you need. A racing bike is not going to be comfortable if you are a casual rider and you won’t need a mountain bike if you ride on the roads all the time.
Compare to Others
Have you ridden a bike or own a bike in the past that you didn’t like? This is a good way to filter out what you know you don’t want. Did you ever ride one in the past that you really enjoyed? Maybe you want to look for the same type or brand that you previously enjoyed.
Set a budget and stick to it.
Think about buying a second-hand bike if you're on a tight budget. Sometimes bike shops have a trade-in options and sell used, reconditioned bikes. Used bikes are great value for money, and also mean you dont have to worry about getting your first scratch!
Ask an Expert
Another good piece of advice for choosing the best bike for you is to talk to an expert. Someone who specializes in selling bikes will be able to help determine your needs and then decide on the best bike for you.
Head into your local bike club and ask for advice - sit on on a few bikes to see what options suit your needs.
It’s going to be really important that you learn about the basic types of bikes when making your decision. Here are some types of bikes:
- Standard bikes
- BMX bikes
- Road bikes
- Racing/touring bikes
- Tandem bikes
- Mountain bikes
- Recumbent bikes
Many people use their bikes on multiple surfaces and for different applications so if that's you, select a bike that can be used on roads, macadam, and forest trails. The success of your cycling depends on choosing the right bike for you, so make sure you take the time to do your research and select the right bike.
Always sit on the bike to check they fit. Are the pedals and controls within reach?
Does your knee bend slightly at the bottom of the pedal revolution? Because it should.
Can you reach the brakes?
Make sure that you can stand while you're on a hill.
Consider the weight of the bike. Light frames are much easier to ride, but will also cost you a lot more money!
With these tips, you can find the best bike for your needs and your budget. Buying a bicycle doesn’t have to be a stressful or confusing experience - get that new bike and get out there and get riding!