Most people assume picking the right bike is an easy task. They have it in their minds that the only thing you need to do is choose the bike that looks the best and is a comfortable physical fit. Wrong, there is more to it these days than simply looks and comfort. Now that more and more people are starting to cycle, the options have risen to an almost head-spinning variety. Some people are choosing to cycle as a means of transportation on a regular basis. There are also plenty of people and families who love riding as a hobby. The following will explain how you find the best bike to suit your needs.
Fashion really does affect the choice you make when purchasing a new bike. Favorite colors and styles show in our choices. These are going to come into play when you are shopping for your bicycle. Obviously, the style and fashion elements of the bicycle should not be your top priority (unless the bicycle is just for show). Safety and comfort should be considered first. After ensuring both safety and comfort, see which ones you like the actual design of best. Some individuals may be surprised at the recommendation that the seat not be adjusted to the lowest setting available, which causes it to contact the crossbar. Be sure to consider these few necessary inches between the seat and the crossbar, when you are out bicycle shopping. Adjusting your seat up a few inches will give you more clearance between you and the crossbar of your bicycle, which can add quite a bit of comfort to your ride. You want to be able to sit on the bike and place your foot on the pedal at the lowest position, and almost be able to fully extend your leg.
Another thing to keep in mind is purchasing safety gear. Bicycle helmets are something completely different than they once were. Not only are they made to better protect you, but they are also made to appeal a bit more aesthetically. You should never, ever ride your bicycle unless you are wearing your helmet. You'd be surprised at how many lives have been saved from that one simple thing.
It wouldn't hurt to also grab some elbow and knee guards, as well as ankle and wrist guards, just in case you decide to take your bike off the road. If you are going to be using your bicycle as your sole means of transportation, you should think of investing in some pants clips as well. These things are little clips that clip the pants leg up so they don't get tangled in the chain or the gears.
How well you fit physically with your bike is what is most important. When deciding upon using a bike for transportation you need to keep this in mind. Comfort and saftey are the two most important like it aspects of riding a bike.