In the last couple of decades a major shift has been happening in transportation. Cars were the king of the road, however we can now see a growing trend in the popularity of cycling as a main method of transport. It could be down to efforts to remain green, perhaps people want to save money on high gas prices, or maybe many people just want to get in shape! No matter what has caused it, the fact is there are now more cyclists on the road than in a long while. Have you been tempted to use a bike for your everyday transport needs? If you have been thinking about using a bike as your main mode of transportation, or just thinking about getting one for fun, there are a few things you need to think about.
You need to make sure you pick a bike that is the right size. For this you must calculate your inseam. Simply measure through your inner leg from your groin to the bottom of your foot to find out your inseam. When you get a bike you should be more able to lay both feet flat to the ground if need be. This means that you will be able to stop your bicycle with your feet if the brakes do not work—without having to tilt the bicycle and risk doing harm to it and to yourself.
Are you going to need to accommodate extra accessories? A basket will help if you are planning to carry items on your bike. Could a child need a ride on your bike with you? Needing a child seat attachment will alter which bikes you can choose from. Will you be towing anything behind you? If so, you will need to find a bicycle that can support the weight of a small trailer or whatever else you will be towing behind you.
Children's bikes have altogether different things to consider. A bike that is easy to brake is important, it will also need to be pretty durable because children are not known for respecting their belongings, you will also want one with wide tires to add stability to the bike. Style usually is also a factor in children’s bikes as is price because a bicycle can quickly become too small for your son or daughter to ride comfortably.
When purchasing a bicycle, you have tons to consider. From how safe the bicycle is to what it looks like, there are lots of choices to make. Feeling a little defeated at the outset of choosing your new bike is normal. By investing a bit of your time to look at your preferences you will make the best decision.
Look up some of your choices before you hit the store. You’ll reap the benefits.