Oct 12

Learn How To Choose A Bike

How To Choose A Bike (courtesy of Howcast.com)

Taking the time to select the right bike ensures that your investment yields the rewards you desire! You will need:

A biking purpose

A landscape

Goals

A measuring tape

A retailer

Test rides

Optional: A tandem bike

Step 1 – Define whether your purpose in biking is for fitness, commuting or recreation.

Step 2 – Define where you want to ride. City streets, paved or gravel roads, trails, or a combination of services.

Step 3 – Match your goals to a bike type. Mountain bikes are for rough roads and trails, touring bikes for the open road, cruisers for city streets, and hybrids go anywhere! Check out a tandem bike – a bicycle built for 2 – to ride with a companion.

Step 4 – Using a measuring tape, measure your inseam to your shoe soles. Bike frames are sized to this measurement. Mountain bikes are sized in inches, and road bikes are sized in centimeters.

Step 5 – Ask your dealer to let you test drive the models you like. Make sure your selection is comfortable, and that you can operate it correctly.

Step 6 – Break in your bike by riding a few miles, to ensure that all the equipment is operating properly. Wheel your way to health, happiness and freedom!

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