ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Things To Consider When Purchasing A Bicycle

Updated on March 20, 2011

The first step in buying a new bike is to determine what type of riding you will be doing. This will narrow down your options to just one of four basic kinds. If you are an enthusiastic long-haul cyclist you might favor the typical street bicycle, which varies from other designs primarily in how much you lean over the handle-bars.

Locate A Good Bicycle Store

You will end up paying more, but you will probably be more pleased with your purchase. Bikes from large chain stores may not be assembled properly or well suited to your body type. If you do not like the seat or pedals on a specific design, a few bicycle stores will exchange the parts at little cost or even no charge.

Take A Trial Ride

Prior to purchasing any bicycle, ride it for a sufficient amount of time to make certain that the shifters and brakes are simple to employ, that the gears mechanisms will work for ascending hills, that it fits comfortably, and that the suspension and frame are adequate for a smooth ride.

Avoid Cheap Bicycles, Other Than For Casual Usage

Cheap bicycles that sell for under $200 from manufacturers such as Mongoose, Schwinn, Huffy and Roadmaster might appear to be economic choices, but pro cyclists advise that you spend $300 or even more, if your financial plan permits it. Why? You will get a great deal more bicycle for your dollar.

Mass-market bicycles have cheap construction materials compared to more expensive bicycles and could weigh up to 7 or 8 pounds more. They only come in one size, so you won't likely get a good fit. And mass-marketers don't compare to bicycle stores for assembly quality, service and professional guidance.

Adults ought to think about cheap bicycles from a big-box chain for only casual usage, and stay with the front-suspension design, which will more likely ride better than a cheap full-suspension bicycle. If buying a bike for children, go with a cheap one as they tend to outgrow them quickly.

Types of Bicycles

There are four basic kinds of bicycles. However, when you are determining what type of riding you plan to engage in, consider more than the essentials. Bike makers are segmenting today's market with designs that mix attributes from many classes.

Leisure Bicycles

These bikes are for light, easy riding on smooth trails and pavement. They feature tall handle-bars, a wide, cushy seat and shock absorbers for the seat.

Mountain Bicycles

These are created to withstand rough mountain trails. You will get a shock-absorbent forward suspension fork and maybe rear suspension that supplies great regulation and plenty of comfort on the toughest terrain. They have knobby, broad tires, a thin or moderate breadth seat, and riser or flat handles.

Road Bicycles

These bicycles are for individuals whom wish to log quick or major distance, including multiple-day journeys. Conventional street bicycles have a light frame, a slender seat, thin tires and drop handle-bars that force you to lean low. Performance street bicycles, a rather new kind, are much like regular ones but for their longer head tube and shorter top tube, which permit a somewhat more erect riding stance. Cross bicycles, one more sub-class, are basically brawny street bicycles with knobby, broad tires for off-road excursions.

Continued In: Things To Consider When Purchasing A Bicycle - Part 2


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)