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Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a New Bike

With all Americans urged to practice social distancing for the next few months as we battle the ongoing global health crisis, most people who normally rely on public transportation like trains, buses, and taxis are going through a tough time. No matter how badly you need to get to a place, using public transportation at a time like this exposes you to great risk, and it is best to avoid it for now. Luckily, you can save yourself from using public transport by buying a bike. With a bicycle, you can run your errands without worrying as much about touching contaminated surfaces if you live in an urban area. On top of that, riding a bike is a fun way to get your daily dose of exercise. Since buying a bike is a long-term investment that’s relatively pricey, there are certain factors you must consider to ensure that you make the right choice. 

Your purpose for buying the bike 

You need to figure out what kind of riding you intend to do. There are various kinds of bicycles, and knowing what you’ll do with them will narrow the field considerably. Ask yourself questions like, how often will you be riding your bike? How far will you go? What kinds of terrains will you be riding on? Once you’ve answered these questions, you can choose the right bike for the job. For example, if you’ll be riding on paved surfaces primarily for exercise, a fitness bike or road bike is a great choice. If you want to ride on tough off-road tracks, a sturdy mountain bike will serve you best. If you’re looking for a bike for commuting, a city bike or versatile gravel bike is probably a good fit. 

Materials of the frame 

There are four types of materials that are commonly used to make bicycle frames, and each of them has unique advantages and disadvantages. Different materials can affect the durability, comfort, and weight of the bike. One of the most commonly used materials is steel. The reason why steel has been used to make bicycle frames for more than a century is that it’s comfortable, durable, and pretty inexpensive. However, steel is heavier than other materials and since it’s susceptible to rust, it may not be suitable in wet regions. Another commonly used material is aluminum. Aluminum frames are light and stiff, making them a great fit for riders who love to race. Carbon fiber is also growing in popularity as a bike frame material as a result of its strength, lightweight nature, and ability to be modeled into complex aerodynamic shapes. The last frame material, titanium, is a blend of all the benefits of carbon fiber, aluminum, and steel frames, but it is ridiculously expensive. 

Does the bike fit?

One of your top criteria when choosing your bike should be is whether or not it truly fits you, and you’ll never know for sure until you spend time riding it. No matter how much you love the shape, color, weight, or material used to make your bike, it will end up being a waste of money if it doesn’t fit you. If you’re interested in buying a road bike, you can schedule a time with the shop to let you test a few bikes before choosing your favorite one. If you want a mountain or gravel bike, find out when the next demo event is scheduled since most shops are not located near trails and also won’t allow you to get a test bike dirty. When testing your bike, you need to be thorough. Bring all your gear and take the bikes on real test rides similar to what you plan to be doing. After a couple of miles of riding, you’ll decide which bike fits you best. 

A bicycle is not only one of the safest modes of transport right now but it also has many benefits for your physical health, mental health, wallet, and the environment. However, to enjoy all these benefits, you must start by choosing the right bike for your unique needs.