Choosing the Right Bike for You

Bikes come in all shapes and sizes. If you are planning to use cycling as part of your fitness regime choosing the right bike is crucial.

Here we look at how you can find and buy the right bike for you and do so at the right price.

Comfort is important

Potentially, you are going to be spending a long time on your bike, so you need to choose a bike that feels comfortable. The last thing you need is to have to spend hours riding a bike that leaves you with chaffed legs. Naturally, if you ride a long way you will experience some aches, but what you do not want is a bike that puts unnecessary strain on your body and results in injuries.

The right size

Choosing a bike that is the right size for you is the first step in buying a bike that is comfortable and safe for you to ride. Buying the right size bike ensures that it is easy to ride without straining yourself.

To ensure that you buy the right bike, you have to measure yourself and do so accurately. You need to know what your inside leg measurement is. Having a clearance of about 2 inches between your crotch and the bike’s top tube or crossbar is what you are after. This ensures that, when you stop, you can stand with your feet flat with your bike between your legs. You will also need to know your height and your span. To work out your span measurement, you need someone to measure the distance between your two middle fingers along your arms and shoulders.

Using these three measurements, you will be able to establish which size frame is right for you. Most cycle retailers provide a table or calculator that enables you to work out which size you need, and do so quickly. The frame size that is best for you also depends on the type of bike you are buying, so make sure that you are looking at the correct sizing table.

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A bike that is fit for purpose

Buying a bike that is designed for the type or riding that you are planning to do is also important. Doing so will help to keep you safe, allow you to get more out of your cycling and spend more time enjoying your chosen sport.

However, if you are planning to use your bike to cycle to work and want to go mountain biking on the weekends, you do not necessarily have to buy two bikes. In these circumstances, a hybrid bike could be a good option.

Finding the right bike at the right price

It is easy to find a bike that meets your needs using a good online bike shop. The best cycle retailers sell all kinds of bikes on their websites. Shopping online gives you the chance to compare prices and get the best deal.

You just need to be sure that you are buying from a reputable company. A good bike firm includes their contact details on their site. They will happily answer any questions you have via email or the phone. A great example of the right type of retailer is the Radial Cycles online bike store.

Taking the time to do a bit of research and buy the right bike for you will make a huge difference to your cycling experience. You will enjoy your cycling, stay safe and be able to spend more time on your bike.