Things to Consider When Buying a Bike


If you recently discovered the pleasuring experience of riding a bike and decided to buy one, you must be mesmerised by the huge choice of bikes there is on the market. Different types, different sizes, different prices. The best way to make the right decision is to consider your personal needs. Ask yourself where and how frequently you’d have the time to ride, what you will use your bike for and how big is your bike-buying budget.

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If you live in a city, you’ll probably need a standard bike. Although a bit old-fashioned, these bikes are great for riding around the town while doing the everyday chores. If you happen to love adventure and have more free time to bike on trails, then a good-quality mountain bike might be more suitable. Their off-road design is complemented with compact frames, stable handling and higher handlebars. And if by any chance you decide to go on a higher level and try touring or racing in high speed, you’ll need a road bike. These traditional looking cycles are known for good performance on the pavements, thus their light-weight design and durability are a guarantee for your sustained comfort on the roads.

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Consider your special requests (if any) and tell them to the employee at the cycle shop. For example, if you want to mount a baby seat or a basket, you’ll need a bike that features a frame compatible with these additions. What is more, the retailer can offer you a bike that already has those attachments mounted, so you can check their functionality right then and there.

However, the most important thing you should do before you head to the cycle shop is to make balance between the quality of the bike you want and the amount you’re willing to pay. The price often depends on the type of bike, the quality of the materials and the retailer. As specialised bikes are made from weatherproof materials and usually come with additional gear included, you’ll have to cash a bit more if you opt for a good-quality mountain or cruiser bike.

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Last but not least, test the bike of your choosing before you hit the road – you should feel that you’re in control at all times. Then check whether your brakes are in working order, and always carry a reflective suit – you never know what could happen on the road, especially on those unpredictable mountain trails. And believe me, it’s a good idea to always wear a protective gear. So buy a fitting helmet as the Australian law requires the usage of this piece of protective item from everyone on wheels, from pros to biking-enthusiasts. It’s proven on multiple occasions that it can really save your life.

Goran Nikolov is a content writer of Protista, a website where you can find a lot of interesting lists. He is from Macedonia and has a passion to write lists about everything that surrounds him, especially about sports, health, music, technology and history. Goran loves to play basketball in his free time, enjoys playing on his guitar and sharing his thoughts with others.