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To take pleasure in riding a bike, it's necessary to find a bicycle which fits for you. Listed below are Four Tips to Buy a Bike when you're in the market for choosing a new bike:
The Suitable Ride
In general, bikes are divided into 3 categories:
Road and Racing Bikes, road and racing are designed for speed as well as longer distances on smooth surfaces. Thinner tires, lightweight 29-inch (700c) wheels and drop bars that provide for a more aerodynamic position are the norm. Most road bikes, offer many gears for handling both hilly and flat terrain.
Mountain Bikes --With their larger tires, hill-friendly gearing and upright position, mountain bikes are really popular for all types of riding, both on pavement and off. Mountain bikes that have been designed specifically for rocky trail use typically feature a suspension fork. Some have rear suspension too. A quick change of the tires on any mountain bike--even one which you use regularly on trails--adds to its versatility and makes it a worthy street machine.
Comfort/Cruiser Bikes --For tooling around on bike paths, light trails, or for cruising on beach-side lane, comfort/cruiser bikes are the answer. With a super-relaxed riding position, padded seats, and limited or no gearing, these bikes are designed for having fun with the scenery and the family.
The Suitable Price
A bike's price depends on 3 items: frame materials, bike weight, and component quality and durability.
Entry-level -- You'll find a variety of comfort and cruiser bikes in this category, and also some lower-end mountain bikes and road bikes. Most have steel frames and components that are designed to last for many years with frequent use.
Mid-range --Bikes in this range may feature a lighter aluminum frame with mid-range components that keep functioning after miles of usage. When you're searching for a quality bike that is relatively lightweight and will stand up to abuse, this is the right solution. Most commuter and touring bikes fit in this category, as do mid-range mountain bikes with a decent front suspension.
High-end --Racers and serious bikers who expect lightweight, high-performance components will want to stick to this category. For road bikes, exotic frame materials (carbon fiber, titanium) and ultra-lightweight components can add thousands to the price tag. Mountain bikes in this class often have advanced front and rear suspension technology, and components designed to handle lots of rugged trail action.
The Proper Size
Fit is crucial for comfort, control, and proper power and endurance on a bike. Here are bike fit tips:
Stand-over Height --To verify if a bike's overall height fits your body, measure your inseam. Then, figure out how much clearance you'll need between your crotch and the top tube of the bike.
For a mountain bike, you'll want three to five inches of clearance. A road bike should offer between one and two inches of clearance, while a commuter bike should have two to four inches. Examine the stand-over height for a given bike to your measurements (inseam clearance) to determine the correct bike height.
Top Tube Length --You can measure your torso to get a good estimation of proper top tube length.
First, make a fist and extend your arm. Measure from the center of your fist to the end of your collarbone (the part that intersects your shoulder).
Then, measure your torso by placing a book against your crotch with the spine facing up. Measure from the spine to the bottom of your throat (the spot between your collarbones). Finally, add the two measurements (arm length torso length), divide the number in half and subtract six inches. This is your average top tube length.
Check this number to a bike's posted top tube length. It is possible to allow for about two inches longer or shorter, as most bikes can be adjusted via stem length/height and saddle fore/aft position to make fine adjustments to the fit.
Bikes for Women --Proportionally, women tend to have a shorter torso and longer legs than men. Bike producers design women's bikes which provide a shorter top tube and many comfort/cruiser bikes built for women may also offer more stand-over clearance.
- Helmet (this is a must!)
- Seat pack
- Hydration pack, or water bottles and bottle cages
- Spare tubes
- Portable bike pump