Guide to Buying a Bicycle
Before you decide on your perfect bicycle, there are a few things that you might like to consider first. Hopefully this article will make choosing a cycle a little easier.
Here are a few things to ask yourself:
- What do I want the bicycle for, is it primarily for work, getting to and from the shops, or is it for pleasure, or maybe even competing?
- What king of terrain will I be cycling on; will it be mainly road or off road?
- Do you want an electric assist bike or traditional pedal only?
- Ridged or foldable?
- How much money do you want to spend?
By answering these questions, you can narrow down the type of bicycle that will be best suited for your needs.
If you are planning to cycle on road surfaces and ride primarily for exercise, then a road bike would be a great choice. If you are planning to cycle on shorter rides when speed is not an issue or cycling with the family, perhaps a cruiser bike would be the answer.
- Material: steel
- Model: XC550 54cm 3-Spokes Wheels
- 21 Speeds
- Disc Brakes
If you are using the bike for commuting, consider an electric pedal assist bike. These include standard size ridged framed bikes and foldable bikes. Foldable bikes are ideal for taking in the car or on the train and can be setup and ready to go in no time at all.
- 7 Speed shift shimano gear system
- It is easily unfold with three simple steps and convenient to carry out and store in any car
- Adjustable handlebar and seat height. It is suitable for most people ages 7+ years
- Lightweight aluminium rims that offer better braking and safe riding
- Built-in luggage rack for carrying your goods and perfect for daily bike use
- LECTRIC SYSTEM: Equipped with the 36V 10AH lithium-Ion removable battery and 250W stable motor, you can reach a range of up to 35-60KM at top speed 25km/h &15mph per charge. Plenty for a day’s adventure or most trips to travel and back. Bright LED light and horn is equipped for night riding
- UPGRADED LCD DISPLAY: 5 Speed Display, Speed Display, Battery Level Display, Mileage. You can have more choice for 5 speed mode than normal 3. The LCD display guarantees you can read your statistics easily.
- UPGRADED TRANSMISSION & BRAKE SYSTEM: Professional 21-Speed gears increases stronger hill-climbing power, further range variation, and greater terrain adaptability than 6/7 speed gears. Front and rear mechanical disc brakes provide powerful, progressive braking even in rainy conditions.
- LARGER 27.5” Wheels, Larger wheels hold more speed than smaller wheels due to rotational inertia, making the 27.5″ a faster ride than a conventional 26″ wheel. A larger wheel provides better traction due to a larger contact patch, or more simply, the larger wheel means more rubber is touching the ground.
Other things to consider are:
Frame: Frames are usually made of metal aluminum but also steel, titanium or even carbon fiber on more expensive models.
Suspension: Front and rear hydraulic shocks that smooth out bumps and jolts. The rougher the trail, the more suspension you need. Pricier suspensions are lighter and more adjustable.
Gears: Generally, 1-30 gears, with up to 12 in the back (cassette or internal-gear hub) and 1-3 in the front (chainrings). Most use a traditional chain, but some city bikes feature belt drives.
Brakes: Rim brakes are found on many models, from inexpensive city bikes to high-end road racers. Disk brakes are cable-activated or hydraulic. They’re heavier but stop better, with less force, in all conditions.
Contact points: The seat (also called the saddle), handlebar and stem (flat, curved, or drop), and pedals (flat, toe-clips, or clipless).
Once you have narrowed down your search and settled on the bike of choice you will want to think about safety and comfort.
Items such as
- Cycling helmet, a must to prevent a head injury if you are unfortunate to bump your head in an accident
- Cycling Jersey and Cycling Pants to make the ride more comfortable
- Arm and leg warmers
- Cycling Gloves to protect your hands from the weather both hot and cold
- Cycling waterproof overshoes
- Lights, front, back or helmet
- Water Bottle
- Quality Bicycle lock to prevent your bike being stolen
There are many other items such as bike racks, baskets, bell/horn etc. that will be worth considering dependent on your planned usage.
The list could go on and on but at least you now have an idea to get you started on your search for the perfect cycle for you.