by Craig Kelley
fusion_dropcap color=”” boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”50%” class=”” id=””]A[/fusion_dropcap]ll bicycles on the shelf may look similar to the untrained eye, save for the size differences. However, it is not as simple as picking the loveliest color and hopping on the bike. There are many different types of bicycles in many different price ranges. A bicycle’s intended purpose determines the type of material it is built from. They also must be fitted to the rider, likes hoes. Choosing a comfortable bike that aligns with the rider’s intentions is crucial.
Choose the Correct Type of Bike
- Standard bikes. These bikes are great for leisure riding. They are single-speed bikes with metal frames and a rotatable fork that holds the front wheel in place. They allow you to brake whether you are going forward or backward. These bikes are ideal for riding around the city as long as there are no steep hills or serious obstacles to overcome.
- Road Bikes. These traditional bikes are ideal for racing. They are designed for superior performance on the pavement to take the rider to their destination as quickly as possible. Road bikes are usually made of aluminum or carbon fiber. The cheaper models may be made of steel. There are two types of road bikes: racing and touring. Racing bikes are lightweight and built for speed. Touring bikes are designed for strength, comfort and stability. Touring bikes are manufactured to carry much heavier loads for many days or months.
- Mountain Bikes. These bikes are designed to navigate rough terrain but also ride well on pavement. Mountain bikes are made with a light, sturdy frame, wide deep-treaded tires and multiple gears.
- Hybrid Bikes. These bikes are a cross between mountain bikes and road bikes. Hybrid bikes are excellent for commuting as they offer good balance, comfort and speed for the rider. They perform well on both pavement and gravel.
- Electronic Bikes. These bikes have an integrated electric motor. They are designed to make pedaling easier for cycling up steep hills and traveling in strong headwinds. Electric bikes tend to be big, sturdy and heavy.
Decide How Much to Spend
Bikes can be expensive. Prices can range from $100 to over $10,000.Also, make sure the bike comes with a warranty for at least one year.
- Low-Price Range– Low-price range bikes start at $80.00and can go as high as $300.00. The bikes in this price range tend to have basic features.
- Mid-Price Range– Mid-price range bikes can range between $300.00 to $1,000.00. The bikes in this price range are usually made of metal and have dependable chains, brakes and wheels.
- High-End Range– High-end bikes may cost $1,000.00or more. These models are usually made of carbon and titanium and are designed for everyday use or competition.
Buy a Helmet
Regardless of the type of bike or price range, it is vital to leave room in the budget for a helmet. Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of severe head injuries from bicycle-related crashes. Many states do not require the rider to wear a helmet, but it is still wise to wear one. The average cost of a quality helmet is $40.00 and up.
Make Sure it Fits
Make sure your bike is not too big or small for you.
- Use Bike Size Charts. Bike sizes vary based on the rider’s height and inseam. Most bikes are labeled small, medium, large and extra-large. Unfortunately, size charts are not fail-proof. The bike’s height and seat are often adjustable if there is no ideal size on the rack.
- Go to a bicycle dealer and ask them for a complimentary size fitting.
Test Ride the Bike
The best way to see if a bike is suitable is to take it for a test ride. The rider can see if the frame, seat, suspension, wheels and handlebars are the right fit or if they can be adjusted to fit correctly. They can also see if the bike is a good fit for their intended use.
All of these factors are important in choosing a bicycle. Having a bike that is the correct type and fit can prevent injuries and increase the rider’s overall enjoyment. Knowing the type, price and size can help the buyer establish a budget.