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3 Things To Ask Yourself Before Buying a New Bike

Updated on May 28, 2009

Looking to buy a new bicycle?

If so, there are a few things you should ask yourself before venturing to the bike shop, to make sure you get the best bike for you.

1. Where Will I Be Riding?

These days, you can get bikes specialized for just about anything. It is no longer a "mountain bike" or a "road bike."

The salesman can help by showing you the best bikes for your situation, but you need to tell them your situation!

So think about where you will actually be riding. Perhaps you'll be out on some extreme mountain biking trails, or just on some dirt roads. Maybe you have a lot of smooth roads and city paths to ride. Maybe a mix of smooth roads, rough roads, and a couple dirt roads.

2. How Much Money Can I Spend?

Bikes can get expensive. Those sexy carbon bikes that are oh so hard to resist can easily top $5000!

So decide on a budget before going shopping, so you know how much bike you can afford.

3. Why Am I Getting This Bike?

There are a multitude of reasons to buy a bike, just like there are many places to ride. Knowing "why" you want a bike will also help you end up with the right one for you.

Here are a few reasons you might want a new bike:

  • To lose some weight
  • To get in great shape
  • To start racing
  • To make your friends jealous of your new ride

Hopefully those three questions get you started in the right direction.

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