Popular methods of transport have altered in recent times. 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. 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. 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.
One thing you can consider when choosing a bike is whether or not your feet can rest flat on the floor while you are sitting so you can stop yourself. There are certain professionals, though, who disagree with this concept. They state the best way to choose a bike is to leave a few inches between your feet and the ground so you can have a more comfortable ride. The seat will usually sit a little low and too close to the crossbar if you are able to bend your knees while your feet are on the ground and your backside is on the bicycle’s seat. If you can bend your knees, your knees will come up too high when you are pedaling.
You should always make sure to give the bike a test run before committing to buying it, though. Take it around the block if you can to make sure that it's worth the money Extra resources and it's right for you. It's exactly the same as buying a used car; you would never find yourself buying a used car without taking it out for a ride.
Why wouldn’t you do the same with a bicycle? You need to do this especially if you are spending a lot of money on a bike that you know you will use for a long time. You need to make sure the bike is going to 'fit' you. Not only should it be the correct size for you, but it should be easily adaptable to your lifestyle, meaning your riding style. Why would you spend money on something that does not feel comfortable to ride?
The angle of your seat (also called the saddle) is also important. There are a variety of options for tilting the bicycle seat. You might find that a perfectly flat seat is a little uncomfortable and that you prefer to lean forward a little bit. Always choose the most comfortable position for your seat. You can always leave the seat in the position it is in, but you will most likely find it to be very uncomfortable to ride.
Lots and lots of different features and options are out there as you look for a new bicycle. Your choices range from safety issues to those of fashion. Feeling a little defeated at the outset of choosing your new bike is normal. By investing a bit of your time to look at your preferences you will make the best decision.
Take your time to learn about your options before you shop. The peace it will offer during shopping makes it very worthwhile.