The preferred mode of transport has taken an unlikely turn in recent years. More and more people are leaving the car behind in favor of the bicycle, in the west the car reigned supreme but we are now seeing a growth in popularity of the bike. Perhaps this because the last couple of decades have seen a major shift in the popularity of “living green.” Maybe it is because the cost of gas is just too high. Either way you will now find the roads filled with more cyclists than ever before. Maybe you have been pondering purchasing a bike? If so the following is some handy advice on what to look out for.
The first thing you need to do is try the bicycle on for size, meaning sit on it and make sure that your feet are still flat on the floor so you will be able to stop yourself. There are certain professionals, though, who disagree with this concept. These experts say in order to have the best cycling experience you can, you should allow for a few inches between the ground and your feet. The seat will usually sit a little low and too close to the crossbar if you are able to bend your knees while your feet are on the ground and your backside is on the bicycle’s seat. If this is happening, when you start to pedal the bike then your knees are going to come up too high. Some individuals may be surprised at the recommendation that the seat not be adjusted to the lowest setting available, which causes it to contact the crossbar. You want to adjust it up a few inches and take those inches into account when you are choosing your bike. You will official statement have a much more comfortable experience when riding if you are able to get some clearance between the crossbar of the bicycle and you. The best way to adjust is this way, place your foot on the pedal at the lowest setting, then extend your leg almost fully, and adjust your seat to accommodate.
How many gears will you use on a regular basis? Traveling through flat areas requires far less gears than riding in a mountainous area. The number of gears doesn’t make one bike better than another. You may never even get around to using all the available gears. It’s a waste of money to pay for all those unused gears. Know how you’ll ride your bike; make sure you have the correct gears for traveling, especially when this is your main mode of transport.
There are lots of things to think about when you are trying to find the right cycling bicycle to fit your needs. It can be a bit tedious and frustrating to try and figure out what all you need when you are buying a bicycle. As long as you go about the process slowly and research a little before you go, you should have no problem finding the perfect bike.