Most people assume picking the right bike is an easy task. They have it in their minds that the only thing you need to do is choose the bike that looks the best and is a comfortable physical fit. Wrong, there is more to it these days than simply looks and comfort. With cycling becoming more popular in almost every area of life (transportation, lifestyle, sports, hobbies) there are more bicycles than ever to choose from. It is popular in modern times to use a bike as a serious mode of transport. There are also plenty of people and families who love riding as a hobby. The following will explain how you choose the best bike for whatever it is you aim to use it for.
The first thing you need to do is try the bicycle on for size, meaning sit on it and make sure that your feet are still flat on the floor so you will be able to stop yourself. There are experts who state that this isn't a good way to choose a bike, however. It is their belief, that your time on your bicycle will be much more comfortable, if you allow your feet to remain several inches off the ground. If your feet are sitting flat on the ground while your butt is on the seat, this usually means that the seat is too close to the crossbar and will need to be adjusted for comfort. If you can bend your knees, your knees will come up too high when you are pedaling. Your bicycle seat should not be at the lowest setting, which is sitting atop the crossbar. You always want to change the position next of the seat so that it is a few inches higher than normal, so keep this in mind when picking your bike. You will have a much more comfortable experience when riding if you are able to get some clearance between the crossbar of the bicycle and you. The best way to adjust is this way, place your foot on the pedal at the lowest setting, then extend your leg almost fully, and adjust your seat to accommodate.
When getting a bike for kids you need to consider some altogether different criteria. You want to choose a bike that has brakes that are easy to apply (like moving the pedals backward) as well as something that is nice and sturdy. When getting a bike for a kid the way it looks is also incredibly important, children like to look flashy, you will also want to find a well priced bike because your child will quickly outgrow it. As you can see, there are many things to take into consideration when deciding on the perfect bicycle for you. Some people will need a bicycle that can stand up under a lot of wear and tear. Others need a bicycle that will help get them from point to point with very little chance of breaking down. Price may be the biggest thing you want to consider. Research bikes before you decide which you want, then shop around before purchasing. Do some research and steer clear of buying the first bike you come across.