There is a misconception that picking the right bike is easy. Many people think they simply find the bike that looks good and feels comfortable. They're not exactly right about that, though, because there are more things that need to be considered when choosing the perfect cycling bicycle. Now that more and more people are starting to cycle, the options have risen to an almost head-spinning variety. Today more people are choosing to ride a bicycle as their primary forms of transportation. There are also plenty of families that cycle as a hobby. Here is how you choose the right cycling bicycle for your needs.
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. Some experts, however, say that this is not a good idea. It is their belief, that your time on your bicycle will be much more comfortable, if you allow your feet to remain several inches off the ground. If your feet are on the ground and your knees are bent when you sit on the seat of the bike, it generally means that the seat is sitting too low for you and too close to the crossbar. If you can bend your knees, your knees will come up too high when you are pedaling. You shouldn't ever sit the seat at the lowest setting, which means sitting on the crossbar. Be sure to consider these few necessary inches between the seat and the crossbar, when you are out bicycle shopping. The added space between you and the crossbar, afforded by raising the seat slightly, will make a positive impact on your level of comfort. The best way to adjust your seat to the correct height is to place your foot on the pedal at the lowest setting and bring the seat up as high as it can go so that your leg is almost fully extended.
How many gears will you use on a regular basis? If you are going to be travelling in relatively flat places, you will not need as many gears as you would need in rockier terrain or a terrain with lots of hills. Just because a bike has more gears doesn't make it better. Sometimes bike riders don’t ever use all the gears on their bike. Why spend extra money paying for something that you don’t need? Of course, if your cycling bicycle is going to be your primary mode of transportation you might need to make sure you have enough gears to handle rough situations.
There are many different things you should consider when the time comes to buy the perfect bicycle for yourself. It can become a frustrating process at times to anchor try and figure out exactly what bike you need and which accessories you should get to go with it. 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.