Finding the Best Bike for You - What To Seek OutIn the last couple of decades a major shift has been happening in transportation. More and more people are leaving the car behind in favor of the bicycle, in the west the car reigned supreme but we are now seeing a growth in popularity of the bike. 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. Perhaps you have been giving some thought to getting a bike yourself? If so the following is some handy advice on what to look out for.
Fashion really does get involved when you make a choice. We all like one color or style more than another. These are going to come into play when you are shopping for your bicycle. Obviously, the style and fashion elements of the bicycle should not be your top priority (unless the bicycle is just for show). Excellent safety and comfort should be the first criteria met by your new bike. After ensuring both safety and comfort, see which ones you like the actual design of best. You shouldn't keep the bicycle seat at the lowest setting, either. Always consider that you are going to have to raise the seat up off the crossbar when you are shopping for your bike. When you bring the seat up a few inches, you are going to have more room between the crossbar and you, and this will make for a much more comfortable ride. 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 that site as it can go so that your leg is almost fully extended.
Which angle you tilt your seat at is also an important factor. You can tilt the seat any way you want it. Most find that a flat seat can prove to be extremely uncomfortable, so they adjust it to their preference. Continue to adjust your seat until it feels the best for you. You may not want to adjust the seat at all in the beginning, then after a ride realize that the way it was positioned is not the way you want it at all.
Your main priority is the physical fit of your bike. If you intend to use your bike a lot, perhaps as your main method of transport, it is important you keep this in mind. Safety is important when on a bike but do not overlook comfort, otherwise those long rides will soon grow tiresome.