Many different means of evaluating a bike make purchasing a new one difficult. Take heart! Even professional cyclists struggle when choosing their next bicycle. All the varieties and options make it really hard to buy a new bike. Imagine the future: how safe, comfy and stylish do you need the bike to be. How far will you ride and where will you be riding? Keeping on top of all the new ideas coming out with bicycling, as well as choosing between the old options, makes choosing a bike hard. Here are some of the criteria you should use when you are buying your next cycling bicycle.
It goes without saying that choosing the correctly sized bike is of utmost importance. The measurement of your inseam is needed for this. To do this, simply run a measuring tape up the inside of your leg from the bottom of your foot to your groin. You should ideally be able to place both feet on the ground when sitting in on your bike. This is mainly for safety and will allow you to use your feet to stop the bike without the brakes if needed.
For road bikes take away 9 inches from the total of your web inseam. This is due to the type of tires you will be using for a road bike. City riding is done with thin tires, designed to work perfectly with the smooth concrete roads and sidewalks you find in a city. If you are looking for a mountain bike, you will want to subtract about a foot (twelve inches) from your inseam measurement. Again this is to account for the size of tires. These tires are designed to handle rocky and jagged terrain so are therefore thicker. Mountain bikes can travel on city pavement but that is not what they are designed to do.
Ask yourself the number of gears necessary for your bike. Make your choice by knowing that if you ride in mountainous areas you’ll need more gears than when riding in a flat area. Just because a bike has more gears doesn't make it better. You may never even get around to using all the available gears. Don’t spend money on something you won’t use. If your bike is going to be the main means of travel for you, you absolutely must get the number of gears you need for the situations in which you’ll ride.
The idea behind buying cycling bicycles is to make sure that you and the bicycle fit well together—physically. When deciding upon using a bike for transportation you need to keep this in mind. Comfort and saftey are the two most important aspects of riding a bike.