In the last couple of decades a major shift has been happening in transportation. 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. No matter what has caused it, the fact is there are now more cyclists on the road than in a long while. Maybe you have considered buying a bike? If you have then there are several things you should look at when you do.
We’d be lying if we tried to tell you that fashion shouldn’t play into your choice. Our preferences are reflected in color and style choices. When choosing your bike you shouldn't ignore them. Looking good will be a great benefit of getting your new bike, but don’t let fashion choices be the guiding decisions factors. Safety and comfort should be considered first. But once you have found the safest and most comfortable bicycles, there is no reason you shouldn’t narrow down your choice further by how the bike appeals to you visually.
If you want to ride a road bike, you will need to subtract about nine inches from your inseam measurement. This is because of the size of the tires on your road bike. These tires will be thinner and designed for efficiency on concrete roads or pavements. For a mountain bike take away 12 inches from your inseam. The tires on a mountain bike are not the same as a road bike. You will find them to be much bigger and designed to handle rocky terrain. Mountain bikes can travel on city pavement but that is not what site here they are designed to do.
Where you set the angle of your seat is also something to consider. There are several angles you can tilt your seat at. Most people find a seat that is flat to be a bit too uncomfortable, so they tilt it the way that feels the best. Adjust your seat so that this is possible. You may find that if you leave the seat in the flat position, the narrow part of the seat will not allow you to comfortably bend forward. There are many different factors to take into account when finding the right bicycle. Is this a bike you are going to be riding every single day or is it a bike you are only going to ride every now and them? Which height is most comfortable for you? Do you prefer your feet to rest flat on the ground or do you like to have some room between them and the ground when you are sitting on the bicycle’s seat? You will want to answer all of these important questions, as you make your bicycle selection.