In recent times the western world has undergone a transportation change. Cars were the king of the road, however we can now see a growing trend in the popularity of cycling as a main method of transport. This could be because down to the prices of gas and running a car, or perhaps people are deciding to care more for the planet. Either way there are now more bikes on the road then ever before. Have you been tempted to use a bike for your everyday transport needs? If this is the case it is important you know what to look for, the following tips will help you in your quest to find a suitable bike.
It’s okay for fashion to affect the decision you make about your new bicycle. Our preferences are reflected in color and style choices. These are going to come into play when you are shopping for your bicycle. Using style and fashion preferences as your main criteria is silly, unless you are only getting a bike to look good. Evaluating your choices according to safety and comfort will be the best first step. After ensuring both safety and comfort, see which ones you like the actual design of best.
Be cautious, however, and always be sure to test the bike out before you buy it. It is important that you not buy anything before you’ve had the opportunity to ride it at least for a few minutes. Think about it: would you buy a car without taking it for a test drive?
So why wouldn't this apply to buying a bicycle? It's even more important for you to do if you plan on spending a significant amount of money on it and will be using it a lot. You need to make sure the bike is going to 'fit' you. There shouldn't be a problem in making the decision on whether or not the bike is the right size for you, but you should also keep in mind that it needs to fit your riding style as well. You wouldn't want to waste money on a bicycle you don't enjoy riding.
You should already have your safety gear bought and ready to go. Bicycle helmets have come a long view it way since they were first introduced. They are now designed to offer better protection while looking a bit better, as well. It is important that you never ride your bicycle without also wearing your helmet. You don't even realize how important this thing can be in saving your life.
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. If you are going to be using your bicycle as your sole means of transportation, you should think of investing in some pants clips as well. These are clips that keep your pants legs up and out of the way of your gears and chain.
As you can see, there are several things you should keep in mind when you decide on a bicycle that's right for you. It can become a bit overwhelming when going shopping for a bike and accessories because there is just so much to choose from. 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.