Get Your New Bike On National Bike Month

May 11, 2016

As summer nears, you might be looking for excuses to spend more time outside. Whether you want to step up your exercise routine or just take a leisurely ride around the neighborhood, biking is a great way to get active outdoors. But walk into a bike shop today, and it’s easy to get lost in the endless choices. Don’t get overwhelmed! We’ve rounded up 5 tips to help guide you through your new bike purchase. By the way, did you know that May is National Bike month?

  • Understand your need

    Think about what you hope to achieve on a bike. Are you looking to compete in your first race or triathlon? Or are your goals less lofty and you’re looking to enjoy a family park ride? Once you have this answer, you can research the bikes that best fit that plan.

  • Know your budget

    With bikes, like most everything else, you get what you pay for. Chances are you won’t be happy over the long run with a chintzy bike, even if it was a steal. They are heavy and the components won’t last like they would in a quality model. If you’re looking to stick to a tight budget, you could purchase a used name brand bike or find a shop with a trade in program.

  • Research bikes online

    Online shopping is a great tool when buying a bike. Because online retailers don’t necessarily have to showcase and stock their bikes, they can pass on the savings to in the form of a cheaper price. Compare frames and components so that you are familiar with the important parts of a bike.

  • Get the right size

    It’s important to get expert help to ensure the bike you purchase is perfectly suited to your size. Riding a bike that is the wrong size for you can lead to both knee and back problems, as well as make riding extremely uncomfortable. When you are shopping around, ask your local bike store for advice and get your bike fitted to you before buying.

  • Take a test ride

    You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive, would you? While it’s perfectly fine to gravitate towards a certain bike based on looks, it’s important to dedicate some time to test riding several bikes before you make a final decision. This is true even when buying a used bike. However appealing it may be, it doesn’t mean that it will feel right when you actually get on and start pedaling.

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