When it comes to buying the right bike for you, first you need to decide where you want to ride. Do you want to go on adventures in the wild? Or cruise your way through the city streets? Once you have answered these questions then you can decide on what following models are best for you.
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The Road Bike (racing bike)
This bike is made for riding on a smooth pavements or roads. They are much lighter in frame and have thinner tyres. Great for riding through the park or city, this bike is not meant for rough terrain because it lacks shock absorbing suspensions. To ride this bike, you need to feel flexible enough and strong enough to bend over into a riding position.
If you are planning to race, choose a bike that is very similar to ones champion riders use because this will give you an extra sense of security and confidence while you train. You will think that you are riding in the pedaling footsteps of greatness.
The Flat-bar road bike
Relatively new, this bike is simply a road bike with a flat handlebar instead of the traditional drop handlebar.
The Touring Bike
This one is better suited for riders who wish to carry bags.
The Mountain Bike
This is the bike for lovers of adventure. Designed for rough terrain, this bike has suspension systems that absorb shock unlike the road bike. The frame is heavier and the tyres are much larger. This helps you travel up hills and grip the ground better. However, if ridden for too long on paved trails, this bike can strain your back.
Just keep in mind that sometimes mountain bikes are the default choice of salespeople because they are easy to sell and are usually less expensive than road bikes.
These bikes make you ride in an upright position and are a hybrid of the mountain bike and road bike. A better choice for leisurely rides around the block, the hybrid bike can handle off road riding but not a lot.
Once you have decided on what type of bike you need then you can start looking…
• Decide on your budget and stick to it because some bikes can be expensive.
• Be honest about your riding abilities.
• Ask around and talk to cyclists you might know.
• Then start researching. You can start right now at merida.com.au.
• Find two to three bikes in your price range.
While choosing be wary of warranty deals because they are not transferable for new owners.
Now that you’ve found some options, take the bike out for a test run and see how you go. Just be mindful about your comfort and performance during the test run. You can also go to a bike shop if you need extra help. They give you a bike that is suited for your height and weight.
And most of all take your time and don’t rush this process because you want a bike that fits your needs.