How to choose the perfect bike

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These tips will help you make the right purchase.

Generally, with the advent of good weather, people start to think about replacing gymnasiums and exercise boards at home with activities that can be practiced outdoors and, for many, it is time to take the bike out of the box, or start this activity, especially now that many cities and their environments are being adapted for cyclists. Riding a bicycle is an exercise that not only involves a high-calorie expenditure and a very effective way of getting in shape but is also an efficient and ecological alternative for travelling.

There is an infinite number of models on the market, so it is essential to know which bicycle adapts to the needs of each person before purchasing one of them. Thus, it is essential to have some clear basic aspects such as, for example, knowing what it is going to be used for, what size you need, what type of surface is going to be rolled, and the money you are willing to invest.

What use will you make of the bicycle?

About the use to which the bicycle will be put, it is important to analyse what it is intended to do with it. If you want to make short journeys (go to work, run errands nearby, with or without slopes, or take short walks around the house), you need an appropriate bicycle for it, and obviously it will not resemble anything that would be bought by a person who has in mind rolling on trails in the mountains in which it is easy to find potholes and unevenness, nor to that of someone who will use it for training on long-distance roads, preparing for a cycling competition, for triathlon, or simply to get in shape through road cycling, which will require specialized bicycles and a higher level of sophistication (and price).

Type of terrain to travel on

On the other hand, it is also necessary to analyze the surfaces on which you are going to ride, because there is not the same wear of the bicycle, the damping, the hardness of the frame, or the handlebars, in each of the terrains. So much so that we can speak of two completely different bicycles depending on where you intend to ride it.

Budget available

The available budget will also mark the election. The bicycle market is as wide as the car market, as there are many brands, multiple models of each, and different types of bicycles with more or fewer compliments. As there is such a variety, prices range from 50-80 euros of the most basic and worst quality to several thousand euros that cost professional, or more personalized.

With the defined budget, the market is significantly reduced. There is also a large second-hand market where cyclists sell their bicycles because they are already insufficient for the use they wish to give them or people who bought it and have barely used it.

What size bicycle do I need?

To find out what size bike you need (ranging from XXS to XXL), it’s not your overall height that’s important. Take a tape measure and measure your legs inside. You have to measure with your legs perfectly stretched out and open at hip level, from the heel to the crotch. This measure translates into the size of the adult bicycle:

  • Size XXS: less than 68 cm.
  • Size XS: 69 to 74 cm.
  • Size S: from 75 to 79 cm.
  • Size M: 80 to 88 cm.
  • Size L: 89 to 94 cm.
  • XL size: from 95 to 97 cm.
  • Size XXL: more than 98 cm.

This way, if for example, your leg size is an M, once you get on the bike, it will be perfect in terms of reaching the pedals, distance from the ground, and so on.

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