What Really Matters When Choosing a Bike


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All cyclists will know that one of the more exciting elements of the whole lifestyle is being able to buy a new bike. When it comes time to do that, it can be a real thrill. There is a certain joy that comes from being able to buy a new bike which you don’t experience with many other purchases. Still, there is also a lot to consider, and if you are currently in the process of choosing a new bike, then you might want to think about what you should consider. To help you out, we have put together this short list on what really matters when you are choosing a bike. Hopefully this will help you to find the bike that you have always wanted to ride.


One of the first things you need to ask yourself is: what kind of terrain am I going to be cycling on? This varies from individual to individual, and in all likelihood one of the main factors in this decision is where you live, and whereabouts you intend to ride. This is important, because you need to know what kind of bike you are going to get. If you have ever tried riding a road bike off-road then you will know what a disaster it can cause, so make sure that you go for something appropriate to what you actually want to do. Take a look at bicycle-riding-for-boomers.com/choosing-a-bicycle.html for more on this.


There is a real, lively community for cyclists out there, as there always has been, and these days it is even more so, thanks to the Internet. Nowadays, if you are about to purchase a new bike, you would be mad for not trying to find out what others think of it first. This can be surprisingly useful, as you never really know what you might be able to do or to come across until you try. Take a look at as many reviews as possible, from a wide range of different people, both professional and amateur (they each have their own relevant focus). For a start, look to sites such as http://mountainbikereviewed.com/the-genesis-v2100-review/, as these offer in-depth reviews of all features. But also remember to ask around with your cyclist friends and see what they think.


You need to ensure that you are actually getting something which is likely to be a real investment, as otherwise you never know what you might end up with further down the line. Look to the price as an indicator, and try to stay within whatever budget you have set yourself. Some places now offer a credit payment service, and that might be a good way to get your hands on a bike which you can keep for longer. Either way, you just need to ensure that you are bearing the price in mind before you settle on anything. If you are not happy, you want to be able to take it back, so also look for bikes that have a warranty attached to them. You never know.

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