Getting In The Right Gear
The bikes we tested cost about 300 300 to about 2000 2000. We found that more money meant a lightweight frame made of carbon fiber, aluminum (or a combination of both materials), or high-strength steel, and other high-quality materials. Bought. But you can still buy a good bike for a few hundred dollars.
Decide What Kind of Riding You Will Do
This will narrow your choices to one of four main types. If you are an interested cyclist, you may prefer the conventional road bike. A comfortable bike can speed you up even more. A mountain bike can be best if the sick trails are in your sights.
Find a Good Bike Shop
You pay more, but we think you are more likely to be satisfied. Big-box store bikes don’t fit or fit well with your body. If you don’t like a particular model of pedal or seat, some bike shops will replace the components with little or no cost.
Take a Test Ride
Before you buy a bike, the brakes and shifters are easy to use, the fit is comfortable, the gears can go much higher for mountain climbing, and the frame and suspension can move very easily to make sure the bridges are smooth enough.
Before you buy a bike, the brakes and shifters are easy to use, the fit is comfortable, the gears can go far enough to climb the hill, and the frame and suspension run smoothly enough to make sure the bridges are smooth enough.
Avoid Cheap Bikes, Except for Very Casual Use
Cheap bikes – often sold in big-box stores for less than 200 200 may seem like a good deal, but we recommend spending 300 300 or more if your budget allows. Why? Because you will get many more bikes for your buck.
Mass-market bikes have lower prices than high-quality bikes and can weigh up to seven or eight pounds more. These only come in one shape so you are not likely to get a great fit. And mass traders don’t match bike shops for assembly quality, expert advice, and services.
Adults should consider cheap bikes from department stores only for the most casual use and should come with a front-suspension model, which is probably better than fewer expensive-suspension bikes. You can ask for a mass-market bike for kids who will quickly stretch the bike or handle it fairly.
Consider this Extra
A good bike helmet is essential. Special cycling shoes and clits can make your pedaling easier. Gloves absorb vibrations and help protect your hands in a spill. Polycarbonate glasses can lure your eyes from your bugs and the wrong stones. A water bottle is easy to have on a long, heated-weather ride.
You usually have some choices when it comes to choosing bike features. A bike shop can exchange some components for little or no freedom.
Some bikes are available with multiple types of brakes. V-brakes or linear-pull brakes, caliper brakes, and cantilever brakes are suitable for most bikes. Usually for high performance, go with disc brakes, which can be mechanical or aqueous
Disc brakes will relieve your wheel rims from the friction of mud braking. A shop may be willing to rebuild some bikes with calipers mounted with about 100 extra discs.
In the center of the bike runs a bicycle chain between the crankset and the rear cassette attached to the rear hub. Cranksets usually have two chainings (known as double) or three (triple). The coarse gear shifting from one chain to another gives adjustment when moving between the sprockets of the rear cassette. The number of chains multiplied by the number of sprockets on the rear cassette is fine. For example, a bike with a triple front chainring and a nine-sprocket cassette has a total of 27 speeds. More speed usually means more flexibility in different grades.
High-rise handlebars let you sit fairly straight. The drop bars on conventional road bikes allow aerodynamics to be fully curved. Handlebars and trunks can be swapped to improve the riding position. Different riders have different preferences. If you do not feel comfortable, consider replacing the handlebars or stem with another type.
Some have suspension seat posts, others are rigidly mounted. If you don’t like a seat, get one with different shapes, more-or-less padding, or channels or cutouts in pressure comfort.
The narrow firm seats on road bikes and mountain bikes provide more control and allow you to change positions and pedal more efficiently. However, spacious, comfortable bikes have more cushioned seats and many hybrids are more comfortable for casual, less frequent riders.
The front derailleur removes the chain between the rings of the crankshaft, while the rear derailleur moves between the sprockets of the rear cassette. Trigger shifters have one lever for up-shifting and another for downshifting – one pair for the front and rear gears as they click as you move, so you don’t have to guess where the next gear is.
A helmet can provide life-saving head protection in an accident. Shoes with clits can enhance your pedaling skills when cycling, but you may need to adjust their pedals. Gloves will absorb vibrations and help spread your arms. Glasses can shield your eyes from your bugs and wrong stones. And a bottle of water can prevent dehydration on long journeys in hot weather.