Tips on Buying a New Bike
Deciding which bike to purchase is a complicated job. Over the past ten years, bicycling as a sport has changed a lot. The technological breakthroughs, as well as the expansion of bike construction materials, have made bike size not the only consideration. This means deciding on a new bike even harder. Choosing well means you will be content for a long time, whereas choosing poorly will mean an immediate loss. You need to ask yourself a few things.
The places you will be riding on the most will influence your choice. You may be intending to use it for trail riding or off-roading on your camping trips, or commuting to work. Whatever the case, there are two classifications of bikes; road bikes and mountain bikes. Road bikes are light in construction, making them ideal for speed. There aerodynamic body style fits well with performance minded individuals. They have narrow and smooth tires for precision on paved roads. They are ideal for exercising or light weekend use. Mountain bikes have excellent suspension setups, to aid in absorbing the bounces and jolts of dirt trails and rocky terrain. Using they on paved roads is hard considering their bulk, and thick heavy wheels with large threads. Choose the right type of bike. Or settle on a hybrid bike, which will be fast and light, while able to handle rough terrain.
Bikes come in diverse prices, from costing s few hundreds, to heavy spending in terms of tens of thousands. Your budget should guide your choice. How you want to use your bike is also important to think of. Those who wish to go trial riding have their choice cut out. The bike may cost you more, but will serve its purpose. If you intend to do light biking, do not spend a lot.
Which parts to be installed is also something to think about. Low gear ranges are suited for mountain climbing. Hard trail and full are the suspension setups. Full suspension works for heavy mountain climbing, as hard trail suits light camping requirements. Fit disc-brakes instead of v-brakes when wet weather while out camping.
The choice of seat to fit is also important. In normal conditions, a padded, pillow top saddle is all that is required. Extreme mountaineering requires a gel padding, to take up the shocks. Find a base that will cover your bottom well.
The bike frame size you settle on should fit your body size. You will be comfortable and in control when you ride. There are bike sizing charts to guide you in your selection process, to get the right size.
Your choice of a new bike is as important as other camping equipment. No matter where you intend to use your bike and for how long, you need to choose well.