There are several different reasons people choose to cycle as a mode of transportation. Many of these reasons are not at all related with how you like to travel. Some people take up cycling in order to exercise. Others go cycling because they compete in it as a sport. And some people decide that they want to take up cycling as a hobby with their family and friends. No matter your reason for needing to choose a bicycle, you need to consider a number of different things in order to choose the one that is right for you. These tips are intended to help you along your way.
One of the major parts of choosing the right cycling bicycle for you is making sure that the bicycle is the right size. To do this, you will need to measure your inseam. Your inseam is the amount of inches from the bottom of your foot, up the inside of your leg to your groin. Ideally you should be able to place both feet on the ground while on your bike. If you can do this you need not worry about stopping in an emergency if your brakes malfunction.
If you intend to get a road bike then take 9" away from your total inseam. The size of the tires a road bike uses are the reason for this. Designed for cycling around the city road bike tires are thin. For a mountain bike you will need to take 12" away from your total inseam. This is because the tires of a mountain bike are different than those on a road bike. Mountain bike tires are thicker than road bike tires, designed for rocky terrain. You can use mountain bikes for city cycling, but the opposite is not true and they are nowhere near as good on city streets as road bikes.
You should already have your safety gear bought and ready to go. Bicycle helmets have come a long way since they were first introduced. They are now designed to offer better protection while looking a bit better, as well. You should never even think about riding the bike without first putting on your helmet. You'd be surprised at how many lives have been saved from that one simple thing.
It wouldn't hurt to also grab some elbow and knee guards, as well as ankle and wrist guards, just in case you decide to take your bike off the road. Another good idea is to buy some pants clips if you are going to be riding your bike as your primary form of transportation. These are clips that keep your pants legs up and out of the way of your gears and chain.
The options and technologies available for biking are overwhelming as you search for a new bicycle. You have innumerable decisions to make as address you choose how safe a bike to buy, as well as one that is pleasing to the eye. It’s perfectly normal for you to feel a little overwhelmed and perhaps a little perplexed when starting out. Do your research and then you’ll feel better prepared to choose your new bike.
Take your time to learn about your options before you shop. The peace it will offer during shopping makes it very worthwhile.