choosing the right bikeInvesting in a new bike can seem like a daunting decision. There are so many things to consider when making your selection, all depending on what you’re using the bike for.

If you’re serious about bikes, you can be looking at spending a considerable amount of money, so you’ll want to make sure you’re getting value for your money.

Gone are the days where you choose your bike based on which one had your favourite character on. Below we have written an in-depth guide on what to be thinking about when buying your next bike.


Do You Need A New Or A Used Bike?

Every once in a while, when you think about buying a vehicle, the thought of buying a used one at a lower price seems tempting. Buying a used bike is an excellent way to budget, especially when you want a rugged bike for adventure riding.

Learning about the drivetrain of the bike is critical. It’s the system that’s responsible for moving the bike forward without compromising on balance and speed. The drivetrain consists of the cranks, chain, rear cogs, front cogs, derailleurs, and the shifters. However old the bike’s condition is, the drivetrain should be able to shift gears without resistance.

As a beginner, knowing how soon certain parts of the drivetrain need to be replaced is a good way to figure out how much money you’d be spending. If it’s anywhere close to buying a brand-new bike, then buying a used bike and going through the extra hard-work is of no value.

Followed by the drivetrain, you should inspect the brake system, wheels, and suspension. If all that’s checked and done and still the bike produces a sort of squeaking noise, check to see if the bearings at the front brake are stable. As different bike noises indicate different potential defects, it’s always useful to be aware of even minor bike glitches.


Finding The Right Size

End up with the wrong bike size and you’ll always feel uncomfortable and slow to adapt. It could cause neck pain, back pain, and other stress injuries. A correct bike size can prevent foot problems and stiffness. For that reason, you must take each bike component into consideration before deciding on the final one. These components include:

Take your body measurements, starting with the inseam measurement. You want your legs to be fully extended with a little bend in the knees for a comfortable riding position. So measuring the saddle height and pedal is important to create a downward stroke without hurting your foot or knees.

Most mountain and hybrid bike riders want their seats parallel to the ground for better posture and an upright back position. Having your seat’s fore/aft position prevents knee cap, shoulder, and neck pain.

Many bikes feature adjustable handlebar heights, but with fixed design bikes you need to determine your right fit. Fixed-handlebar bikes are far sturdier than adjustable ones. The handlebar should be at the same height as your seat. This measurement holds true for professional cyclists during racing or adventure trips. For casual riders, the handlebar must reach slightly higher than the seat. This depends on the type of bike you get. There are many frame sizing charts you can look up to after you’ve determined your ideal bike size. And if you want something to help you calculate the bike frame size, you’ll find such tools online too.


Determining The Right Brake System

Riders with bikes with slow-working brakes are prone to accidents and serious injuries. You need your brakes to remain precise and efficient, all the time, to avoid such pitfalls. Fortunately, for most bikes out there, there are many different types of brakes that are gaining popularity among professional cyclists and beginners:


Choosing The Right Gearing For A Bike

You will find a wide variety of gears in the standard road and hybrid bikes. Some bikes offer single-gear performance, while some offer 30 gears or maybe more. Building upon the chain-rings, cogs, cranks, and the number of teeth on the cogs, the bike’s gearing system can get more accurate and complex.

How to choose the right bike for youWhen considering the right gearing system for your bike, there are two important factors to make sure of. A bike with lots of gears is more efficient at maintaining a comfortable riding speed unless you’re a strong cyclist.

If you are going to ride your bike on hills and bumpy terrain, you need as many gears as you can get. For flat surfaces or pavements, opting for low gears isn’t a bad option. It makes the bike lightweight and easier to handle.

Using single gear bikes is a good way to drop some extra weight and punch down maintenance. This offers effortless shifting and consistent pedalling performance on flat terrain. Based on what you buy each bike type comes with its own gear enforcement. Here’s a quick look at each of them:


Do You Have The Right Wheel Size?

Knowing what wheel size you will be able to work with will be a major deciding factor in narrowing down your ideal bike. If you’re a newcomer to buying bikes, this is the kind of information you’re expected to know for a good purchase. It goes without saying that bikes offer versatile wheel sizes based on your type of riding. That said, here’s what you need to know about the various wheel sizes most common in the industry.

Don’t Forget To Pick The Suspension System

The suspension system, whether front or back, offers a smooth ride, regardless of the terrain you’re riding on. Each type has its own pros and cons based on the type of bike you want. Here’s what you need to know about picking an accurate suspension system along with your bike:

For such a purpose, a lightweight and tractable bike is your best companion. Budget bikes are also becoming very popular among beginners. They typically feature no suspension to remain inexpensive and well-balanced. People buying bikes with full suspension take a step further to focus on strength rather than complacent steering.


Make Sure Your Bike Lasts Long

How can you know the bike’s shelf life when you do not know the strengths and weaknesses of its frame material? Bikes are designed for both competitive and recreational purpose. You can find a bike that’s both lightweight and durable or find one that’s either one.

Such frame materials come with their own pros and cons, so you should be able to differentiate one from the next with the help of this guide:

Knowing how accurately your bike’s frame material has been butted, tubed, and welded makes a big difference. Based on how strong you are and your budget can you decide the right frame material for your future bike.


Which Handlebars Are You Most Comfortable With?

Finding the correct handlebar shape is paramount to comfortable and effortless cycling. With so many different types of bikes available on the market, settling for a handlebar you don’t like is not an option. An incorrectly-shaped handlebar can cause wrist, back, and spinal problems, in the long run.

Based on what most people find comfortable, here are the different kinds of handlebars and their best features:


Where Would You Ride Your Bike?

Considering how well you can ride and where matters because it determines the type of riding you will be doing for a very long time. If you plan to commute with your bike and need to get on and off of public transport frequently, a folding bike would be your best bet.

There are bikes suitable for pavement riding, rugged trails, dirt roads, and non-paved terrain. And there is the tandem bike designed for riding with someone else to make it more interesting.

Recent research papers have placed emphasis on bike-sharing systems in certain cities for easier bike transportation on roads. A 10% increase in availability of standard and road bikes in cities can boost 12% ridership. This means you have more reasons to buy a professional bike and there’s plenty of resources available to help you maintain one. (1)

Moving forward, if you want to ride your bike on rugged, uneven trails, that means you’re up for a mountain bike. Mounting bike riding involves intense physical activity so handling the terrain for off-road obstacles can get challenging. You will find rocks, puddles, bushes, broken branches, and maybe potholes along your trail. (2)

Knowing the type of riding you will be doing helps you decide on the design, features, and durability of a bike. If you intend to use it occasionally, finding a durable fit is suitable. If you intend to use it every day, finding a high-quality and lightweight bike lasts longer.

Location is important for performance. It helps you pay more attention to detail and you can look at all types of bikes including mountain, road, hybrid, and tandem bikes for better mileage.

Picking The Right Bike Type

You have many bikes to choose from. From mountain bikes that handle dirt roads excellently to a cruiser bike meant for casual riders and commuting, and even an electric bike for those who want that extra boost. It’s all a matter of preference and performance, especially for beginners who’ve never bought a bike before.

It’s important to remember that not all types of bikes are suitable for general commuting or adventure trails. Buying a specific type of bike lets you make the most of both its design and the money you pay for it. For your benefit, let’s look at the different bike types and their features:


It’s Time For A Test Ride!

Nothing beats the benefits of going for a short test ride before buying a bike. You may have to do a few more before picking your style, but most often than not, a single test ride would suffice. By taking your bike for a spin you have a handle on the bike’s comfort level, durability, and manoeuvrability.

Since there are so many bikes to choose from, jotting down the most intricate feature adds value to the process. So what if you’ve never bought a bike before? Learning the basics of any vehicle is a good practice to avoid making mistakes while buying. Because without knowing how reliable the suspension or brake system is, how can you pedal your way to a good time?


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