With the wide variety of bicycle types available today – each with its own set of features and purpose, choosing one can be a bit overwhelming. It’s especially challenging if you haven’t been riding for quite some time now or if it’s your first time!
A reputable bike shop like Fort Myers Cyclery is your best source of information. A really good bike store should be able to assist you and ensure that you make the right choice and that you leave with the bike that will give you the best cycling experience to match your goals.
Before you buy a bicycle, you should first ask yourself:
What kind of cycling will I be doing?
You want to make the most out of the bike you’ll buy, so you have to think hard about what you’ll mainly be using it for. Will it be as a means of transportation to and from your work or business? Will you be riding for leisure on cycle paths, roads, and parks? Will you be taking dirt or grass paths or mountain biking? Or will you be cycling for competition?
It is important that you know what type of cycling you’ll be doing because there are also a variety of bicycle types and you don’t want to invest in the wrong type which will not be able to deliver you the comfort, safety, and overall satisfaction the correct type of bike will give you.
How much am I willing to spend for the bike?
When it comes to buying a bicycle, like with any other investment, you get what you pay for. If you are expecting high quality components, good features, durability, and comfort, then you should try to purchase the best that your money can afford. It’s a good idea to let the person assisting you in the bike shop know the budget range you are working with. This way, he or she will know which options to present to you.
Will I be carrying stuff when I ride?
If so, then you should ask yourself if you prefer that your bike take the heavy load for you (most people do!) If you like that better than having to wear a backpack, then make sure that you choose a bike that can take a front or rear rack. Note that not all bicycles can accommodate racks and baskets.
You should not rush into buying a bike. Give yourself a few days or weeks to think hard about what you need and what you expect from a bike. If you think you’re ready or if you have questions and you want to know more about different types of bikes, you can visit Fort Myers Cyclery. We’ll be more than happy to help you find the right bike for you.