When deciding to buy bikes there are a few things that need to be considered before purchasing.
One of the first things you need to think about is, what will you be using the bike for? There are three basic types of bikes to choose from: Road, mountain and the hybrid.
These bikes are designed for cycling on paved streets and travelling at speed. Features of road bikes include skinny tyres and a lightweight frame. The riding position puts the cyclist bent over the handlebars, this position cuts wind resistance and because of this position a good fit is important. Choose a road bike if you will be cycling mainly as a form of transport.
In comparison to a road bike, a mountain bike has wide tyres and a heavier frame. These bikes are designed specifically for going off-road. The mountain bike offers a more comfortable riding position, which is popular with those who find the road bike uncomfortable. If you are thinking of purchasing a mountain bike, make sure that you will be doing a lot of off-road cycling, otherwise another type of bike might be better suited.
A hybrid bike, as you have probably already guessed, is the combination of a road and a mountain bike offering the best features of both. These bikes are great for city cycling and offer comfort and durability. Hybrid bikes are good if you are planning on using your bike for only short trips.
Whatever bike you choose make sure that it’s the correct size, this is important for your own comfort and enjoyment. This can be confusing, but bike stores will be happy to help you with this. Take a look at this bike sizing chart.
Set yourself a budget, but remember when it comes to buying a bike, you get what you pay for. Aim to get the best bike that you can afford, without breaking the bank and leaving yourself out of pocket. The price of a bike will reflect the quality of its components, durability and features. Be sure to shop around and see what’s out there, buying a bike is exciting, but don’t jump in and buy the first bike you see.