In the last couple of decades a major shift has been happening in transportation. More and more people are leaving the car behind in favor of the bicycle, in the west the car reigned supreme but we are now seeing a growth in popularity of the bike. This trend can be attributed to the idea of keeping things 'green' in a bid to take care of our planet. It doesn't hurt that gas is increasing in price either! No matter what has caused it, the fact is there are now more cyclists on the road than in a long while. Have you been thinking about getting a bicycle? If you have then there are several things you should look at when you do.
We’d be lying if we tried to tell you that fashion shouldn’t play into your choice. The fact is that we all have color and style preferences. When choosing your bike you shouldn't ignore them. Obviously, the style and fashion elements of the bicycle should not be your top priority (unless the bicycle is just for show). Check to see how your bicycle choices rate for both safety and comfort at the very beginning of your search. Then, when safety and comfort have description been secured, choose your favorites according to their visual appearance.
Do you require more features on the new bike? If you will need to transport things with your bike, you’ll need a basket. Will you ever carry a child on your bike? Attaching a child seat is not possible for every bike, so choose wisely. How about towing something behind the bike? Then you’ll need a bike that can support a trailer’s weight.
The number of gears you’ll use will also affect your choice. If you plan to ride in rocky or mountainous areas, you’ll need more gears than riding on flat land. The number of gears doesn’t make one bike better than another. Sometimes bike riders don’t ever use all the gears on their bike. Why spend extra money paying for something that you don’t need? Find out where you’ll ride your bike, especially if this is your main vehicle, and make sure you have enough gears to handle the areas through which you will travel.
You should keep these things in mind when you go out and buy a bicycle, especially if you want to find the one that is right for you. There are so many different bicycles and accessories available that it can feel overwhelming as you try to decide which items are best for you. Take your time and do some research and you’ll find the right bike before you know it.