Finding the right bike for you
Are you searching for a new bike but not sure of which type of bike will fit you the best? It is great that you are doing research to find the best suitable bike for your needs. We have listed down the most common problems faced by buyers while purchasing a new bike. Read it till the end to find the best all-purpose bike for your specific needs.
Is it about the brand or about the bike?
Is the first question on your mind, “which brand’s bike should I buy?” We are here to warn you from making this mistake. You are not purchasing a brand or making a lifestyle decision here. You are buying a bike for the sheer performance it provides. Look at the models first before narrowing your search by a brand. Having a price range in mind will help you list down all your options. You will have a list of various bike models from various brands that will fit within your budget. All that you need to do now is find the best bike among the shortlisted lot.
Is it worth waiting for the sales to start?
The best time to purchase a bike is now. Did you wait for an online sale before asking for your first kid’s bike? Do your research and find the best bike you can find in the budget. You may end up getting lucky by buying a bike at a discounted price online.
Are carbon-fiber bikes worth the hype?
Yes, they are worth every dime that you are planning to spend. Carbon fiber bikes are much lighter than their other counterparts. Carbon is much lighter than other materials used for bike frames. Carbon fiber bikes offer a perfect mix of lightness, aerodynamic design, stiff frame, and easy maneuverability. Be warned, a good quality carbon fiber bike will set you back heftily. If you are finding cheaper carbon fiber bikes in the market built using low-grade carbon fiber, there may be a significant trade-off involved. The ride may be stiffer and the bike heavier than you expected from a carbon fiber bike. So, spend judiciously and spend on maintenance equipment such as torque wrenches to keep your bike in top-notch shape.
What if I am searching for a good bike on a limited budget?
You can opt for aluminum or other alloy materials if you are running tight on a budget. While the cutting-edge technology of carbon may be out of your budget, you can still opt for aluminum, titanium, or steel bikes. From balance bikes to steel or aluminum bikes, there is much ongoing innovation taken in using these materials in bike frames nowadays. While the ride quality may not be at par with the carbon fiber bikes, you will still end up with a pretty mean machine that didn’t end up denting your bank balance.
Should I opt for a women's bike?
The standard bike models are built with the male physiology in mind. Regular bikes have extended frame length which needs women riders to stretch and lean forward in the saddle causing them to have a loosened grip on the bike. These may in turn affect the overall balance and traction. Women’s bikes are specifically designed with women’s anatomy in mind. They come with small-but-significant changes such as short-reach levers for firmer grip and lighter overall weight. All these changes add to make the bike a snug fit for your riding needs.
Should I buy the bike online?
Just like shopping for anything from electronics to jewelry nowadays, shopping online for a bike will get you good discounts. You should know the type of bike you need before starting your online purchase. Buy from a reputed online store so that you get exactly what you paid for without being duped. Read all the specifications of the bike available on sale. Know your preferred frame angles, handlebar sizes, and even the exact model type to help you in your online purchase. A smart customer will end up pocketing a handsome discount on a new bike when bought online.
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