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How to choose the right bike

Updated on June 22, 2011

The bicycle is a vehicle that accompanied us ever since we were little. It also represents a viable environmentally friendly alternative to the car. Perfect for short trips, but also for picnics or trips out of town. But how to find out which is the bike for you?

Before we get started, ask yourself these questions: where will I use my bike? Will it be well protected or I will leave it in a place at the mercy of any thieves? What is my maximum amount that Iā€™m willing to spend?

This first assessment will give you an idea if you should buy a new or used bike.

Another important decision to make is the type of bike you will need: city bike, mountain bike or racing bike? In order to better decide which type of bike is best for you, ask yourself this question: ā€œhow will I use my bike?ā€.

If you are looking for a fast, free, environmentally friendly way to get to work without been stuck in traffic, then you need a city bike. This types of bikes are usually average in weight with a sturdy frame and medium width wheels. What is important is that this bike guarantees comfort and agility at the same time. It is usually equipped with basket, rear rack and dynamo lights. This type of bike can be pretty cheap.

If you use your bike for long outings, perhaps more or less steep terrain, you should consider to buy a mountain bike. This bike has a sturdy frame, medium width wheels with deep treads on the tires, which provide traction on rough terrain. It is not usually equipped with luggage rack, and you should choose one with the fenders on the wheels.

Finally, if your goal is to train and make long journeys at high speed, choose a racing bike. Its features are lightweight, accessories reduced to minimum, ergonomic handle and very thin wheels with almost no treads.

To use this bike, you can match the classic racing clothing, complete with shoes that hook to the pedals.

Prices for this type of bike are obviously higher.


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      Farkle 6 years ago

      Thanks a lot, I really appreciated that you enjoyed my Hub and I am joining your fan club as well.

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I love bike riding and do it at least twice a week for an hour or so. I enjoyed this very much. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. Up one and Useful. Hey! I'm now your fan! RJ