Bike-Buying Cheat Sheet

If you’re in the market for a new bicycle, there are plenty of options to choose from. Whether you’re a brand new bicyclist or a seasoned rider, you’ll have to give some thought to what you’re looking for in a two-wheeler. The terrain you plan to ride on, the speed you want to travel at, the miles you’ll log, and your overall purpose in riding will all play a part in your decision-making process. Your budget will make a difference, too, because you can spend anywhere from $150 to $10,000 on a bike.

When it comes to buying your two-wheeled vehicle, it’s wise to do some research into the options, and then test-drive a few models. You never want to buy a bike without test-riding it, because a bike needs to fit your height, body mechanics, and riding style. Things to look at are handlebars, tires, features, and seat. Thinner tires, for example, will go faster, but they will also go flat more often than thicker tires. If you don’t want bells and whistles and don’t plan to commute to work on your bike, you might want to go for a comfortable cruiser style. Do your research before making a final decision, and if you want to investigate the possibilities, take a look at this infographic. It has details about hybrids, mountain bikes, folding bikes, road bikes, and accessories.

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