Many differing options are available to you as you look to purchase a bicycle. Finding their next bike is hard for even those folks who are paid to ride. All the varieties and options make it really hard to buy a new bike. If you know how and when you want to ride, where you are going to ride, how comfortable and safe you must be, and what you’d like to look like as you ride, you’ll have an easier time choosing your bike. How can you make a decision when there are so many different choices available, and new options being released every day? It’s easy to just use our criteria to pick the best bike for you.
The first thing to ensure is you get a bike that is the right size. To accomplish this you need know your inseam measurement. Simply measure through your inner leg from your groin to the bottom of your foot to find out your inseam. Ideally you should be able to place both feet on the ground while on your bike. If you can do this you need not worry about stopping in an emergency if your brakes malfunction.
For a road bike you should take away 9" from the inseam measurement you took earlier. This is because of the size of the tires on your road bike. Designed for cycling around the city road bike tires are thin. With a mountain bike you will need to take away around one foot from the inseam. This is because the tires of a mountain bike are different than those on a road bike. You will find them to be much bigger and designed to handle rocky terrain. Mountain bikes can travel on city pavement but that is not what they are designed to do.
You also need to acquire some safety gear. Bicycle helmets are something completely different than they once were. They are now designed to offer better protection while looking a bit better, as well. It is important that you never ride your bicycle without also wearing your helmet. Sometimes that fraction of padding really can save your life!
You might also consider investing in elbow, knee, wrist and ankle guards—especially if you are going to be going “off road” on your bicycle. Another piece of safety equipment that you should think about getting are pants clips, especially if you are going to be using your bike as a primary mode of transportation. Pants clips are designed to hold your pants in place so they don't get caught up in the chain or the gears of the bike. You need to consider several things when choosing your bicycle for the first time. Will this be an activity that you enjoy daily, or will you only be taking your bicycle out on special occasions? Which height of bike is the most comfortable fit for you? Would you rather be able to put your feet flat on the ground or would you rather have that few inches use this link between your feet and the ground when you are sitting down? You will want to answer all of these important questions, as you make your bicycle selection.