We have seen a change in transportation recently. While the majority of people in the western world seemed most interested in travelling via automobile, in the last couple of decades many people have been choosing the bicycle as their primary mode of transportation. 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. Either way you will now find the roads filled with more cyclists than ever before. Perhaps you have been giving some thought to getting a bike yourself? If so the following is some handy advice on what to look out for.
The first thing to ensure is you get a bike that is the right size. For this you must calculate your inseam. This is accomplished by measuring from your groin to your foot down the inside of your leg. You should be able to sit on your bike while keeping both feet flat on the ground. This is for saftey reasons and will allow you to stop the bike if your brakes fail, avoiding any injury.
Before you buy any bicycle, you are going to want to take it for a test ride. Take it article around the block if you can to make sure that it's worth the money and it's right for you. This makes perfect sense because you know you'd never buy a car without test driving it first.
It's the same thing with a used bicycle. This is especially important if you are going to be spending large sums of money for a bicycle that you are going to be riding a lot. Choose the bicycle that you know will fit 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?
Bikes bought for children have their own set of criteria to contemplate. Durable bikes are best, with wide tires to add stability and brakes that are easy to use. When getting a bike for a kid the way it looks is also incredibly important, children like to look flashy, you will also want to find a well priced bike because your child will quickly outgrow it.
You should keep these things in mind when you go out and buy a bicycle, especially if you want to find the one that is right for you. There are tons of varieties of bicycles, as well as innumerable amounts of accessories available to you, so sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. Don't become discouraged; map out what you need for your bike and you'll be on your way in no time.