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. 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. No matter what has caused it, the fact is there are now more cyclists on the road than in a long while. Perhaps you have been giving some thought to getting a bike yourself? If you have then there are several things you should look at when you do.
Fashion really does get involved when you make a choice. Our preferences are reflected in color and style choices. When choosing your bike you shouldn't ignore them. Obviously, the style and fashion elements of the bicycle should not be your top priority (unless the bicycle is just for show). Check to see how your bicycle choices rate for both safety and comfort at the very beginning of your search. When you’ve assembled some bikes that are both comfortable and safe, then look to see which you like the looks of better.
You should always make sure to give the bike a test run before committing to buying it, though. It is important that you not buy anything before you’ve had the opportunity to ride it at least for a few minutes. Do you know of anyone that would buy a used car without taking it out for a test drive?
The same rule applies to a bicycle. You really need to be sure to test it if you plan to spend a good bit on the bicycle or if you are going to be spending a lot of time riding it. You want to find a bike that fits 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. Why would you spend money on something that does not feel comfortable to ride?
The number of gears you’ll use will also affect your choice. Choose according to how you’ll ride; mountainous areas require more gears than flat anonymous land areas do. The number of gears doesn’t make one bike better than another. The truth is that you might not need all of those different gears. Why spend extra money paying for something that you don’t need? Find out where you’ll ride your bike, especially if this is your main vehicle, and make sure you have enough gears to handle the areas through which you will travel.
When looking for a bike your main goal is to find one that suits you physically. Selecting a bike with a good fit for you is of the utmost importance, when using a bike as the main way to get from A to B. You want to feel comfortable and safe as you travel from one point to another.