Recently, our posts have been geared towards intermediate and advanced cyclers.
We have decided that in this post, we will cover some basics. This time, we will cover what you need to check out when you are buying a new bike!
Buying a new bike may not be an everyday occurrence, but that doenst mean you can skip on your homework. Keep in mind that once you purchase a bike and decide to keep it, you will most likely ride if for a couple of years.
Hence, you would want to make sure that you are getting what you want, or at least your money’s worth. Otherwise, you will have to get a new bike, or stick-it through with the current one
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5 Important Aspects When Purchasing A Bicycle
Okay, this is just the basics. The 5 aspects below is general advice that is more or less applicable whenever you buy a new bicycle. If you are looking for a specialized bicycle, with a special purpose, then you may have to drop one of the items in the list below and replace it with something that has a higher priority when it comes to your need. So, here are the most important things to check-out when buying a new bicycle:
Bike Frame Size
The frame size is very important whenever you are going to buy a bicycle. The frame size is the length of the tube, which is located below the saddle. If you buy a bike with too high a frame, you can try putting your bike seat lower.
However, it has severe limitations, and it’s better to start with the right size in the first place. A bicycle whose frame has the right height allows easy cycling as your knees do not come up to you and your foot is at right distance to the ground when you’re sitting on your saddle.
The frame sizes of women’s bikes usually run from 51 to 61 cm, while for men’s bikes from 54 to 66 cm. However, this is just a general guideline as picking the right frame for you is more of an art.
Every bike you buy has a standard bicycle saddle. That is not to say that this is also the right bike seat for you. For example, there is a significant difference between women’s and men’s saddles, because the sitting bones of a woman which are further apart than in a man. A woman saddle is therefore always wider.
What should you look for in a bicycle saddle, and why is a saddle so important?
You want a good saddle to make sure you do not get sore during longer bike rides. A good saddle fit is something that is big enough but not too big, suits the type of cycling (mountain bike and a road bike often have a narrower saddle than omafiets and not without reason), and it is aesthetically pleasing for you.
Generally, the differences found in bicycle saddles are in materials, design and fit.
In my opinion, handlebars are more important than the wheels (generally speaking). A handlebar determines the control you have on your bike. The right handlebar generally depends on the kind of riding you are doing. For example, there is a big difference (in relation to handlebars) between upright bikes and cycling on a mountain bike. An option for custom handlebars in relation to your intended riding should always be present in your mind.
A bicycle must have a brake system, and it’s often regulated by law. However, there are all kinds of bicycle brakes and they come in different price tags.
As a general rule of thumb when choosing the right bike, take into consideration what kind of riding you will be doing and the usual route you will be riding. If you are going to use the brakes very often, then you will need more advanced braking systems. It may be more expensive, but it will give you better control and may even save your life; and that is an area that you don’t want to cut corners.
A bicycle gear seems to be convenient, but is it really necessary? The advantage of gears is that riding will always be easier, even if your bike is heavily loaded (with eg. Luggage or children). It’s also handy to have a bike with gears whenever you are riding through hilly terrain, or longer bike rides. This article is not saying that you must have high number of gears. In fact, having 3 gears is often more than enough for most casual riding.
For racing, gears are then a must. The right number of gears largely depends on the terrain where you often ride and also the speed you want to make.