Many people think that choosing a cycling bicycle is simple. They think that all they have to do is pick out which bicycle looks the prettiest to them and allows them to sit comfortably. This is wrong, the fact is there are more things to consider these days than there was a few years ago. Cycling is increasing in popularity in many areas of life, such as sports, hobbies, transport etc. we now have many different bikes to choose from. Using a bike as the main method of transport is quickly becoming popular. While many people cycle as a hobby. Here is how you choose the right cycling bicycle for your needs.
You must make sure you get a bike that is the appropriate size for you. For this you must calculate your inseam. Simply measure the distance from your groin to the bottom of your foot, down the inside of your leg. The goal is to be able to sit on the seat of the bike and still rest your feet flat on the ground. This is mainly for safety and will allow you to use your feet to stop the bike without the brakes if needed.
Do you need extra gadgets for your bike? Perhaps a basket to help you carry items will be helpful, should your bike be what you'll be using most. Will a child ever be transported on your bike? Then you have to choose a bike that will allow for a child seat attachment. Will you be towing anything behind you? You will have to get a content bike that can support the trailer's weight.
It is important you allow for room between you and the crossbar. When you get a bike be sure to move the seat up a couple of inches from the crossbar. Sit on it and make sure you can rest your feet flat to the ground. Different bikes will need differing clearance amounts. A touring bike for example will require around 1", perhaps slightly more. For mountain bikes you will require somewhere around 3 inches. Several different factors play into how you are going to choose the right bicycle. 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? Think about all this when buying your bike, and you will make the right choice.