Bicycles Buying Guide
They are great for transportation, exercise, or even just a weekend activity, but when it comes to bikes, there are a lot of different options available to you. It really depends on what you need out of your bike, what you plan to spend/what your budget entails, what features you need versus what features you want, and finally, the type of biking that you plan to do with it. Not only is it important to make sure that you are safe on your bike, but also that it works well for you, that it fits your height and is comfortable to ride. You can get your bike tuned up by any number of people in the bike sales and child
, you will probably need to see what will work with their present height and weight, and also grow with them.
If you are looking for specifics on other types of bikes, please see Kid's Bikes
Bike Types and Cost
Below you will see a series of bikes and a few details about what type of riders they are meant for. As far as cost goes, bikes can start off inexpensive, say $200, and end up costing several thousand dollars. However, for recreational riders, bikes costing under $500 are more than adequate for occasional spins around town or for a yearly bike trip with the family.
Things to Consider
When it comes to the construction of your bike, there are various elements to understand. Not all of them will make a huge difference to your final decision if you are just going to get a basic department store bike. However, if you want something to last, give the most comfortable ride, and provide the utmost in performance for your needs, you need to have a grasp of what's available, useful, and within your price range.
Don't forget that when shopping, you'll need either a male or female bike. The bar on men's bikes are straight across, and the crossbar on women's bikes are pointed down diagonally. Women with particularly long torsos may be more comfortable on a man's bike.
Also consider if the bike will be for everyday use, or just for occasional riding. Many bikes nowadays come with an easy popRacks'>Bike Racks for more information about bike storage.
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Generally helpful for whatever ails your bike, some tools are better suited for certain bikes and chain sizes. Best to check them out before purchasing!
Related Buying Guides
* Mountain Bikes
* Road Bikes
* Children's Bikes
For this resource in your home country, please see:
NL: Fietsen Shopgids
UK: UK Bicycles
CA: Bicycles Canada
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