It can seem very hard to find a new bike when you have so many choices. Even for pro bicyclists, deciding on their next bicycle can be a challenge. All the varieties and options make it really hard to buy a new bike. 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? All the existing options make it hard to make a choice; this choice is made more difficult by all the emerging technologies. Here are some of the criteria you should use when you are buying your next cycling bicycle.
The first thing to ensure is you get a bike that is the right size. To do this, you will need to measure your inseam. This is accomplished by measuring from your groin to your foot down the inside of your leg. Ideally you should be able to place both feet on the ground while on your bike. This is for safety more than anything else, if your brakes should fail you will not be able to easily stop the bike otherwise. 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. You always want to bring the seat up at least a few inches when you begin to ride, so keep this in mind when you are picking your bike. 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 ideal seat height can be achieved, find out by ensuring that your leg is very close to completely extended, when your foot is at it's lowest position while on the pedal.
Another essential element in a comfortable cycling experience is the angle of the seat(also known as the saddle). The seat is designed to be tilted any way you want it to. What angle you tilt your seat at is solely going to depend on what position you find most comfortable. Always choose the most comfortable position for your seat. You can always leave the seat in the position it is in, but you will most likely find it to be very uncomfortable to ride.
When you get a bike your main goal should be to find one that physically suits you. When deciding upon using a bike for transportation you need to keep this in mind. Safety is important when on a bike but do not overlook comfort, otherwise those long rides will soon grow tiresome.