Many different means of evaluating a bike make purchasing a new one difficult. Take heart! Even professional cyclists struggle when choosing their next bicycle. The fact of the matter is that getting a bike involves many different choices. Imagine the future: how safe, comfy and stylish do you need the bike to be. How far will you ride and where will you be riding? How can you make a decision when there are so many different choices available, and new options being released every day? Here are some of the criteria you should use when you are buying your next cycling bicycle.
One thing that is usually the first on the list is the cost of the bike. Sure you should also consider things like where you will be riding and how often you will be riding, but your other major criteria will almost always be the price of the bicycle.
If you are new to the bike buying business, you will see that the price can be anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. This doesn't mean you are going to have to spend thousands of dollars on a good bike, because there are ways you can find a great bike for a great price. Auctions are one of the best places to find a great bike that will be fairly inexpensive and still have everything you need. Some individuals may be surprised at the recommendation that the seat not be adjusted to the lowest setting available, which causes it to contact the crossbar. Be sure to consider these few necessary inches between the seat and the crossbar, when you are out bicycle shopping. You want to have the comfort of the seat being higher up than the crossbar on the bike, because if the seat is sitting on the crossbar, you will not be comfortable. The best way to adjust your seat to the correct height is to place your foot on the pedal at the lowest setting and bring the seat up as high as it can go so that your leg is almost fully extended.
Which angle you tilt your seat at is also an important factor. The seat is designed to be tilted any way you want it to. Some cyclists are more comfortable in a slightly forward position, and therefore, find a completely flat seat inappropriate for them. Find the position that will be most comfortable to you, and stick with it. Choosing to ride with the seat flat, will likely make for a less accommodating cycling experience, as the narrow section of the seat will be bothersome when you lean forward. There are a lot of criteria to check use when deciding which cycling bicycle is right for you. Are you going to be using your bike every day or will you only be riding every so often? What height makes you feel the most comfortable? Do you feel more at ease with your feet just above the ground as you sit on the seat, or would you rather that your feet sit flat when you are at rest? All of these factors will come into play as you make your choice.