What Bike Should You Buy?

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Tips and Tricks |

Which bike is best for cyclingThis is the question that you consider when you are looking to get into cycling.

There are many different subsets of biking that you can go deeper into, but for the sake of clarity and post length; I will just talk about what I think to be the main ones:

  • Mountain Bike
  • Hybrid Bike
  • Utility Bike
  • Racing Bike

I will briefly go over each type here to give you a basic overview and hopefully give you a bit of information that will help you to choose the best bike for your needs.

Mountain Bike

These are intended for rough terrain cycling.

All mountain bikes highlight solid, exceedingly sturdy edges and wheels, wide-gage treaded tires, and across handlebars to help the rider oppose sudden shocks.

Some mountain bikes highlight different sorts of suspension frameworks (e.g. curled spring, air or gas stun), and water driven or mechanical circle brakes.

Mountain bike gear ratios are wide ranging and; ordinarily with 16 to 28 gears, albeit a few riders incline toward the mechanical straightforwardness and simplicity of support of single speed mountain bicycles, (I will discuss these further below).

Hybrid Bike

Hybrid bikes are a trade off between the mountain and speed style bikes which supplanted European-style utility bicycles in North America in recent times.

They have a light edge, medium gauge wheels, and derailleur equipping, and highlight straight or bended back, visiting handlebars for more upright riding.

They are really a few types of hybrid bikes and seeing as they are rising in popularity, I will go through them very briefly below:

  • Trekking Bike
    • Used for touring and going slightly off road.
  • Commuter Bike
    • Designed for commuting over short or long distances in comfort with a range of accessories.
  • City Bike
    • These are designed to have reasonably quick, yet solid and predictable handling, and are normally fitted with full fenders for use in all weather conditions and you can choose between geared or single speed bikes.
  • Comfort Bike
    • Essentially re purposed mountain bikes deigned with increased comfort in mind such as softer suspension and bigger, thicker saddles.

Utility Bike

Kind of self explanatory really!

They have thicker frames and stronger wheels to deal with increased loads with a basket and an upright riding position.

You don’t really find these kinds of bikes in the West but rather in countries where cycling is the norm for usual transportation.

Racing Bike

If you have ever watched the Olympics or the Tour de France, you would undoubtedly have seen a racing bike before.

They are made with one purpose in mind which is speed and you will find them to be somewhat useless for most other things.

That said, they are very good for racing and if that is the kind of thing you want, then I suppose that you should choose a racing bike!

With super lightweight frames and drop down handlebars which ensure a streamlined riding position therefore reducing drag. They also have very high gear ratios and very, very thin tires, again to reduce drag and friction.

Whilst all of these features are great for speed, you really have to understand that they are not suited for the city and biking around town.

If you are looking for a bike to use around town, I would highly recommend a Single Speed Bike, otherwise known as a fixie.

To Sum Up

So there you have my (very short) introduction to bike types and which ones are best for you.

I hope that this can help you to decide on what might be the best bike for you to choose.

If you need any further info about anything bike related, then please don’t hesitate to send me an email in the Contact Page and I will do my best to get back asap :)

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How to Choose the Right Mountain Bike for You

Posted by on Aug 2, 2015 in Bikes, Tips and Tricks |

Mountain bike is the kind of the stuff that you need to choose with great care so that you really are safe and also can have a great and adventurous ride over the place you want. It is possible for you to choose a mountain bike but it can be really hard to get the finest and the best for you. Here are some of the tips that may help you for choosing the finest mountain bike for your need.

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Setting Budget

bikealpin_01_rockyThe first thing that you need to do is to determine the amount that you are spending on the mountain bike. There is no point of spending do much time on some expensive mountain bikes if you have plans to buy them. It would be always better for you to set the budget first and then see the maximum possible bikes available in that range so that you can choose the one that is best available in the range of cost that you can spend on the bike. There are many of the manufacturers who gives you all the accessories along with the mountain bike. If you are not getting any accessories that you need for the bike then you need to set aside some money on it. It is good for you to get a bike that has got all the features in it and which is of really good quality. If you are getting something of low quality and then you need to change the parts of your bike then things can be really hard for you.

Choosing the Style

050202_mountainbikeIt is always necessary for you to choose the style that you have. It is always good for you to think and decide on what us your place with the mountain bike. You should know about the terrain that you are focusing on riding once you are getting the bike. It is always good for you to get the kind of the bike that can satisfy your needs. There is no point of expecting something that your bike cannot provide you with. Understand your needs and choose the bike that cater with those so that you feel satisfied with the product you buy.

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Understand Your priorities

It is really hard to get a mountain bike that can provide with all the demands that you have. In such a context the best thing that you can do is to prioritize your needs so that you can choose the bike that can satisfy the first priorities that you have. Try to list out the needs you have and then prioritize them so that it can be easier for you to choose one bike that suits you.

Test Ride

Before buying a mountain bike, it is necessary for you to do test ride so that it becomes really easy for you to make your choice. Riding can make it possible for you to understand how comfortable you are when you are using the bike.

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