Great Tips to Choose the Right Bike

Bicycles are considered by many as the perfect vehicles. They’re environmental-friendly, help you burn calories and stay in shape and are a very cheap alternative to cars since they don’t use gasoline. Not to mention, of course, they’re very fun to use. While choosing the right bike might not exactly be a critically important decision, it does require you to invest some researching and evaluating your needs.

Choosing the right bike for you means having a very clear idea of what you need from a bike. The first thing you should do is ask yourself, why do you want a bike? What will you use it for? What’s your budget? Are you going to carry stuff on it? Where and how are you going to store it? As you can see, it can a bit more difficult than one might think at first.

Your first decision comes in determining what type of bike is the best for your specific needs. There are basically four main styles of bikes to choose from, and your selection should really depend on what you anticipate your main type of riding to be.

First, we have Road Bikes, which are designed for riding on paved streets and going fast. These commonly have very slim tires, a compact and very lightweight frame and a riding position that puts you bent over the handlebars. This kind of bike may be the one you’re looking for if you want a fast, reliable bike designed for traveling long distances at a time. These bikes, however, are strictly designed for urban environments, so using one of these in rough terrains, like a path through the woods, can have ugly consequences. Also, its very lightweight frame makes it not the best choice for carrying stuff around.

Next, there’s Mountain Bikes. These have become increasingly popular in recent years, and are known by their overall robust and sturdy looks, wide tires designed for even the roughest terrain and a heavy and resistant frame. Mountain bikes can handle very tough conditions that would be impossible for a road bike, but they’re not nearly as fast. Depending on the model, these are also generally cheaper than road bikes. However, inexperienced buyers should be careful when getting a mountain bike since many people make the mistake of buying a very expensive bike full of amazing features they will end up never even using once. Always think about what you need and buy smart.

Then we have BMX bikes. These are “simpler” design-wise, but often more expensive than the latter two because they’re typically designed for professional events or competitions, like X-games. Unless you actually plan on competing on one of these events, you’re probably better off getting a road or mountain bike.

There are also simpler, “standard” bikes which have no fancy or unnecessary features, only the minimum requirements you need from a bike. If you’re looking for the simpler and cheapest option, look no further.

Whatever you choose, always remember: Always think first about your needs and don’t buy something you’ll end up never fully taking advantage of. You wouldn’t buy a Ferrari just to drive to the grocery store, right?