Choosing a New Bike
Deciding which bike to purchase is a complicated job. In recent times, the sport of biking has revolutionized. The technological breakthroughs, as well as the expansion of bike construction materials, have made bike size not the only consideration. This means deciding on a new bike even harder. The right choice goes a long way, whereas a poor choice is regrettable. You need to ask yourself a few things.
Where you will be using your bicycle most of the time will influence what kind of bicycle you will pick. It could be on trails or for off-roading, or simply for commuting. Whatever the case, there are two classifications of bikes; road bikes and mountain bikes. Road bikes are manufactured from light materials and are meant for speed. There aerodynamic body style fits well with performance minded individuals. Their narrow, smooth tires give a precise response on paved surfaces. They are ideal for exercising or light weekend use. Mountain bikes have excellent suspension setups, to aid in absorbing the bounces and jolts of dirt trails and rocky terrain. You may ride them on paved roads but with difficulty, from their bulk, and thick heavy wheels which have large threads. You need to make your choice right. Alternatively, you can opt for a hybrid bike, which has the speed and light weight of a road bike, and the rugged versatility of a mountain bike.
The price range of bikes covers a wide area, from a few hundreds, all the way to tens of thousands. When budgeting for your new bike, aim to spend within your budget. Consider also the purpose of your purchase. Should you be interested in trail riding, you will have to invest in a good mountain bike. This bike will be expensive, but will serve you well. Only spend a little when you intend to use it very minimally.
The parts that go into the bike are also important to consider. Low gear ranges are suited for mountain climbing. There are two types of suspension setups; hard trail and full. Heavy mountain biking requires a full suspension setup, while for minimal camping needs, hardtail setup is sufficient. Fit disc-brakes instead of v-brakes when wet weather while out camping.
Your selection of a seat is critical. In normal conditions, a padded, pillow top saddle is all that is required. For rough surfaces, a gel padding will mold to your body, offering a buffer against the shocks from the road. Choose an appropriate base size to your bottom.
The bike frame size you settle on should fit your body size. This guarantees comfort and control as you use the bike. Make use of bike sizing charts, which will compare your body height with bike size, to come up with the right fit.
The process of choosing a bike is just as important as choosing other camping equipment. No matter where you intend to use your bike and for how long, you need to choose well.