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Bike Buying Guide

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Looking to get a new ride, but not sure where to start? Check out these tips for buying a new bicycle.

Buying A Bike - What Kind of Ride?

  • Before spending big money on a bike, it's important to decide where and when you're going to be riding.
  • A road bike is easy and efficient to ride if you're only going to be cycling on paved roads and streets.
  • A mountain bike is better if you're going to be riding on some off road trails, as well as paved streets.
  • If you're most interested in a relaxing ride and looking cool, you might want to buy an old school chopper bike or something stylish like the Schwinn Sting-Ray.
  • If you're more interestd in getting a BMX bike, keep in mind that there are different kinds of BMX bikes for racing, doing tricks and dirt-jumping. Make sure you get a BMX bike that's designed for what you want to do. For example, a BMX trick bike isn't designed for going off massive dirt jumps, and won't last long under that kind of extreme use.

Buying A Bike - Make Sure It Fits

  • Just as you wouldn't buy a pair of shoes or a shirt that's too big or too small, don't buy a bike that doesn't fit your body.
  • Stand over the bike and make sure there is at least one inch of clearance between your body and the bike frame.
  • Check that you can easily squeeze the brakes and change gears - if you can't squeeze the brakes, then the bike is too big.
  • Be sure to take any bike you are thinking of buying for a test ride. Make sure it fits well, is easy to control and feels comfortable.

Buying A Bike - Safety

  • When you buy a bike, buy a bike helmet as well. It's the law in most places and it'll keep your melon protected.
  • Besides wearing a helmet, you can also protect yourself by riding safely and following the rules of the road. Know the proper way to signal when you're turning and stay on streets with less traffic, when possible.
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