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How to Select a new Bike

When it comes to choosing a new bike, it is not a simple task. Over the past ten years, bicycling as a sport has changed a lot. The technological breakthroughs, as well as the expansion of bike construction materials, have made bike size not the only consideration. This makes purchasing a new bike a tough decision. It is quite tricky deciding, with real consequences. Consider a few factors.

Where you will be using your bicycle most of the time will influence what kind of bicycle you will pick. You may be intending to use it for trail riding or off-roading on your camping trips, or commuting to work. In any scenarios, you can only choose from the road or mountain bikes categories. The construction of road bikes ensures their light enough for speed. They are meant to be used by performance oriented people due to their aerodynamic body style. There narrow smooth tires mean precise control on paved roads. They are ideal for exercising or light weekend use. Mountain bikes manage to function on dirt trails and rocky terrain due to their suspension setups. You may ride them on paved roads but with difficulty, from their bulk, and thick heavy wheels which have large threads. Choose the right type of bike. Or settle on a hybrid bike, which will be fast and light, while able to handle rough terrain.

Bikes come in diverse prices, from costing s few hundreds, to heavy spending in terms of tens of thousands. When budgeting for your new bike, aim to spend within your budget. How you want to use your bike is also important to think of. Should you be interested in trail riding, you will have to invest in a good mountain bike. This may be more costly, but a worthy investment. Only spend a little when you intend to use it very minimally.
Which parts to be installed is also something to think about. For mountain climbing, select one with a low gear range. There exist two suspension setups, namely hard trail and full. Heavy mountain biking requires a full suspension setup, while for minimal camping needs, hardtail setup is sufficient. Disc-brakes work better than v-brakes for frequent campers.

The seat you chose to fit matters a lot. In normal conditions, a padded, pillow top saddle is all that is required. For rough surfaces, a gel padding will mold to your body, offering a buffer against the shocks from the road. Choose an appropriate base size to your bottom.

Select a bike frame that is proportional to your body size. This guarantees comfort and control as you use the bike. There are bike sizing charts to guide you in your selection process, to get the right size.

The process of choosing a bike is just as important as choosing other camping equipment. For whatever purpose you desire a bike, choose wisely.