There is a misconception that picking the right bike is easy. 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. Some people are choosing to cycle as a means of transportation on a regular basis. There are also plenty of families that cycle as a hobby. The following will explain how you choose the best bike for whatever it is you aim to use it for.
One thing you can consider when choosing a bike is whether or not your feet can rest flat on the floor while you are sitting so you can stop yourself. There are certain professionals, though, who disagree with this concept. 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. The seat will usually sit a little low and too close to the crossbar if you are able to bend your knees while your feet are on the ground and your backside is on the bicycle’s seat. If you can bend your knees, your knees will come up too high when you are pedaling.
For road bikes take away 9 inches from the total of your inseam. This is because of the size of the tires on your road bike. Designed for cycling around the city road bike tires are thin. You will want to subtract 12" for a mountain bike. Again this is to account for the type of tires you will be using. You will find them to be much bigger and designed to handle rocky terrain. It is possible to use mountain bikes for city cycling although this is not what they are best suited for.
You also want to make sure you leave some room between you and the crossbar of your bike. When you choose your bike, adjust the seat up a few inches from the crossbar and then sit on the bike. Make certain you can still place both feet flatly on the ground. You will want to leave different clearance lengths depending on the type of bicycle you are buying. As an example, with a touring bike you will only require around 1". With a mountain bike a clearance of 3" will read be necessary. There are plenty of things to consider when choosing a bike. Some people will need a bicycle that can stand up under a lot of wear and tear. You may simply what the most reliable bike for getting you around the city. Price can also really affect your decisions. Research is important when purchasing anything, especially a bike. You will also want to shop around to find the best deal. Buying the first bike you find is not advised, in doing this you could end up with a terrible bike and miss out on one that is perfect for you.