Thinking about buying a new bike? Going to the local bike shop and telling them that you want a super-cool bike isn’t really going to help. Did you know there are a number of factors that go into deciding the right kind of bike? Here are some of the essential things you need to consider before you go out to buy a bike.
Determine the need for the bike
Bikes are made for different purposes. The differences are mostly based on the terrain. There are four basic types of bikes—mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrid bikes, and cruisers. Mountain bikes are rugged and are suitable for off-roading. However, they can be used on the pavement as well. If you just want to ride around the city, pick a road bike. It is perfect for pavement use. Moreover, it is built for speed. For commuting purposes, hybrid bikes are the best. A cross between road bikes and mountain bikes, these are strong as well as speedy. Cruisers are casual bikes meant for just riding about town or along the beach.
Decide the budget
Bikes can be expensive, as well as affordable, depending on what you are looking for. The price can range from a few hundred to a couple of thousand dollars. The basic metal frame functional bikes cost between $80 and $300. These are low-range bikes. Mid-range bikes start at $300 and go up to $1,000. These include aluminum or lighter metal bikes with high-quality chains, pedals, and wheels. These bikes are often used for everyday riding. Bikes made of carbon and titanium are the lightest bikes in the market. These are high-end bikes with prices starting from $1,000. These bikes can be used for rigorous roads, everyday commuting, and even for light competitions. Those looking for more affordable bikes can pick up second-hand or recycled bikes as well. These cost between $200 and $300.
Find out about frame sizes
It is important to know the frame size of the bike that is compatible with the height and built of the biker. This will ensure that the ride is comfortable and that the bike is easier to control. The ideal frame size is calculated based on the type of bike, inseam measure (measurement from the crotch to the ground) of the biker, and the height of the biker. There are a number of frame sizing charts available online that can help to determine the right size. Also, there are calculators that can help to easily calculate the correct frame size. Although most bike stores can help out in finding the right frame size, it can be really helpful to calculate it yourself, especially, if you are buying the bike online or from a garage sale.