How To Pick The Best Bike For You

Collaborative post by another author. One of the best ways to “go green” is to choose bikes over motorbikes, cars, and other transport that run on fuel. The pollution levels worldwide are already increasing at an unimaginable rate. Instead of adding your part, you can stand out and choose a mode of transport that does not harm the environment.

Bobbin Bike Hornet 20 inch in racing green. Image from Bobbin bike website, used with permission
Hornet bike by Bobbin

And it's not just for the sake of the environment, doctors suggest cycling as a healthy activity to burn calories and keep your body fit. From kids to adults, cycling is beneficial for people of all ages. Besides burning calories, riding a bike daily for at least 30 minutes can help release stress, boost joint mobility, strengthen bones and muscles, and, most importantly, ensure cardiovascular fitness. 

Factors To Consider While Choosing A Bike

When many options are available on the internet, it becomes very confusing to pick the right bike. Whether it is a bike for your kids or you wish to surprise a family member with an adventure road bike, no matter what the purpose is, making a choice is always hard. To make it a lot easier for you, considering these factors before making a decision can help. 

Finding Out The Types

The first thing to sort out is the types of bikes available in the market. For kids, the choices are between bikes with baskets, bikes without baskets, and different sizes of wheels. For adults, there are many options: road bikes, touring and mountain bikes, adventure road bikes, cyclocross, triathlon bikes, fixed-gear, fitness dual-sports, hybrid, cruiser, and a few more. When you explore the bike type and choose accordingly, it becomes a lot easier to pick the ideal one. 

Determining Your Purpose

Determining what you want to use the bike for is another essential factor to consider. If the aim is to ride on regular roads, then an ordinary road bike does the job. On the other hand, if you are adventurous, you should invest in those ideally made for adventures and challenging road trails. 

One crucial thing to understand before choosing any bike is that every model is built differently and shares a different purpose. A regular road bike cannot run smoothly on a mountainous trail; similarly, an adventure bike is not ideal for fitness races like triathlons. 

The Type Of Roads You Will Ride On

There are bikes built for every type of road; regular roads require conventional wheels, while the ones that are built for adventures have specially-designed wheels. It is the wheels and suspension that make the whole cycling experience smooth and enjoyable. 

Paying Attention To Accessories And Features

Other than the wheels and key features like brakes and bells, paddles, seats, and chains, safety accessories like helmets are equally important for adults and kids. Not just helmets either,  both adults and kids should be introduced to knee and elbow guards to ensure maximum safety and fewer injuries. 

Final Words

The choice is always yours, but a little knowledge before picking an ideal bike can prove very helpful. The options are many, and finding that perfect one among the crowd can be challenging, but the process becomes easy when your purpose is sorted. Even in the 21st century, cycling is one of the most-preferred sports activities with various health benefits, but the best part always is its eco-friendly nature. 

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