How-To: Choosing the Right Bicycle

How-To: Choosing the Right Bicycle

Biking is not only fun, it is also great for one’s health! However, before you go biking, you must first need to invest in a good bike.

Check out some of our tips below:

The Right Type of Bike

When choosing the right bike, you should start asking yourself these questions:

*Why do I want to ride? (For fun? For errands? For fitness? To save gas?)

*Where do I want to ride it? (Mostly on trails or roads? Around the neighbourhood or longer distances?)

*What’s the most comfortable position to ride? (Fully upright? Leaning forward? Racing mode?)

Your answers can definitely help you determine which type of bike you need. You can choose from the following:

*Mountain Bikes – These are okay for pavements but they work best on dirt or gravel roads and off-road paths.

*Road Bikes – These have narrower wheels than mountain bikes and they are good for riding on pavement.

*Hybrids – They are a cross between a road bike and mountain bike. They are good for pavement and they can be used off-road, too.

*Recreational Bikes – They are great for leisurely rides and commuting mostly on pavement.

*Racing Bikes – These are the lightest in terms of weight and they are built for speed.

Finding the Proper Fit

Whatever bike you decide to invest in, what’s most important is that you get the proper fit. If you don’t, you can get a lot of muscle pain and eventually, it can discourage you from riding. You are also prone to falling. Here are some tips for sizing your bike:

*Your leg should be at a slight bend when the pedal is at its lowest point in the rotation. This can vary by adjusting the seat.

*Your arms should have a slight bend in the elbow to make sure that you are not too far or too close the handlebars.

*When you stand straddling the bike, there should be 1 inch of clearance between your crotch and the bar (for men’s bikes), or maybe 2 inches if you are looking at a mountain bike. For step-thru and women’s bikes that have no bars, this does not apply.

Outfitting Your Bike

*Helmets – It is important to also invest in a good helmet. It is critical for protecting yourself from serious head injuries. Helmets should rest on your head about 1 inch above your eyebrows so make sure yours is not too loose or too snug.

*Lights – Head and tail lights are required for riding at dusk, dawn and night. Many road riders use them during the day to make themselves more visible to motorists.

*Hard or Soft Seats – Go with whatever you are most comfortable with; this one is a matter of personal preference.

*Gloves – You may choose padded bike gloves. They make your riding experience nice and comfortable and they also protect your hands in the event of a fall.

*Baskets or bags – Should you ride to a store to buy some items, these come in handy. Do not use backpacks because those could hurt your back.

*Locks – If you are planning to use your bike as a mode of transportation, make sure you get a good lock for securing your bike upon reaching your destination.

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