We have seen a change in transportation recently. Cars have long been the most likely mode of transport in developed countries, however bikes are beginning to rise in popularity. 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. The fact is there are plenty more cyclists on the road now than there were just a few years ago. Maybe you have been pondering purchasing a bike? If you have then there are several things you should look at when you do.
Fashion really does affect the choice you make when purchasing a new bike. We all like one color or style more than another. You’d be silly not to pay attention to these factors when getting your new bike. If your bike is only for looks, put style elements and fashion choices as your ultimate decision-makers. Excellent safety and comfort should be the first criteria met by your new bike. After finding bikes that are both safe and comfy, then you can see which ones look the best to you.
You should always make sure to give the bike a test run before committing to buying it, though. It is important that you not buy anything before you’ve had the opportunity to ride it at least for a few minutes. 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.
So you should use this same frame of mind when buying your bike. It's even more important for you to do if you plan on spending a significant amount of money on it and will be using it a lot. You want to find a bike that fits you. Physical fit is easy to determine, but you also need to find a bike that “fits” your riding style. You wouldn't want to waste money on a bicycle you don't enjoy riding.
Another thing to keep in mind basics 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 even think about riding the bike without first putting on your helmet. You don't even realize how important this thing can be in saving your life.
It wouldn't hurt to invest in some knee pads and elbow pads, as well as wrist and ankle guards if you plan to do some off-roading. If you plan to use your bike as a sole means of transportation, buy yourself some pants clips. They work by clipping your pants out of the way so they can't get tangled in the chain or gears. You need to consider several things when choosing your bicycle for the first time. Are you going to be riding your bicycle every day or riding it only when you feel the urge to? At what height do you feel the most comfortable? Would you rather have room between your feet and the ground or would you rather be able to touch the ground with your feet when you come to a stop? Think about all this when buying your bike, and you will make the right choice.