We all know that exercise is healthy for your body, but the special bikes and outdoor sports in general, is that you move outdoors. That ultimately has more effect than moving / exercising in the gym. There are many health benefits and extend much further. One of the most important parts of starting to cycle is of course the bicycle. To choose a cycle that best fits what you want, we tell you what to look for when purchasing a bicycle.
Tip 1: Choose your Budget
Buying a bicycle is not always expensive, but it is wise to set a budget in advance. For a good beginner’s bike you quickly lose around $700 to $1000. In addition, it is important to know that you are not there yet with the price of the bike. You should also consider the purchase of a helmet, cycling shoes, pedals and clothing. You can make it as expensive as you want, but for a nice beginner’s set these extras can easily cost you over $500.
Tip 2: New or Used
If you have a small grant, it may pay to look for a second-hand bike. I almost always advise people with a budget of less than $1000 to browse around marketplaces. You can then do a little more with your budget and sometimes you come across really nice deals. There is a lot to say about buying a bike, but if I can give you one thing, it would be that you seek advice from someone who is already cycling. Take an experienced neighbor or brother-in-law to assess the second-hand bike. Two people see more than one and certainly if it is an experienced cyclist.
Tip 3: Go to the bicycle repair shop
This seems like a bit of a jerk, but if you buy a racing bike for the first time, then I recommend that you walk into the bike shop nearby. Check whether the bicycle repair shop is also focused on sports bicycles. Many cyclists and athletes purchase new bikes and modify them according to their needs & budget. For example, if you found a used bicycle on sale but the frame of the bike is broken or damaged, you have an option to install a new road bike frame and make it usable. Road bike frames are available in different materials like iron, steel, fiber etc.
Tip 4: Get measured
When you buy a bike for the first time, it’s important to find out if you’re buying the right size. That is why it is important to have a bicycle measurement done. If you want to calculate the size of your bike yourself, you can also make a calculation based on your inner leg length. However, this is much less accurate. Kevin, for example, has a very long upper body and short legs, which would have turned out bad for him.
Tip 5: Choose your Material
We came up with the choice of your bike. Road bike frames are mostly found in three different materials, steel, carbon and Aluminium. When choosing a bike you have to look at three things: (1) the Frame, (2) the group-set and (3) the wheels. The combination of these three parts is the composition of the bicycle and also largely determines its price.