There are lots of reasons to take up cycling. Some folks are having a hard time keeping up with the rising cost of gasoline and maintenance bills, so they choose to ride a bike. There are those who choose to cycle because they want to do their part in helping the environment.
Still others simply ride bicycles for fun. If you fall into these categories or are in one of your own and you are shopping for a new bike, take the time to read up on some of the things you should know before buying. There is more to choosing the right cycling bicycle than the colors used to paint it! Outlined hereafter are some pointers you can take into consideration when going out to buy your bike.
It goes without saying that choosing the correctly sized bike is of utmost importance. For this you must calculate your inseam. Your inseam is the amount of inches from the bottom of your foot, up the inside of your leg to your groin. You should ideally be able to place both feet on the ground when sitting in on your bike. This means that you will be able to stop your bicycle with your feet if the brakes do not work—without having to tilt the bicycle and risk doing harm to it and to yourself. Your bicycle seat should not be at the lowest setting, which is sitting atop the crossbar. Be sure to consider these few necessary inches between the seat and the crossbar, when you are out bicycle shopping. You will have a much more comfortable experience when riding if you are able to get some clearance between the crossbar of the bicycle and you. The ideal seat height can be achieved, by ensuring that your leg is very close to completely extended, when your foot is at it's lowest position while on the pedal.
It is important that you allow adequate room between you and the crossbar. When choosing a bike move the seat so it is a couple of inches above about his the crossbar. Sit on it and make sure you can rest your feet flat to the ground. Each type of bike will require differing clearance amounts. For example a touring bike will require around an inch. With a mountain bike however you will need some more, 3 inches should suffice.
When you get a bike your main goal should be to find one that physically suits you. When deciding upon using a bike for transportation you need to keep this in mind. Comfort and safety are both very important.