Basic Tips for Buying a New Bike

Basic Tips for Buying a New Bike

With nicer weather finally showing up this spring, now is a great time to think about ways to change your exercise routine to shake it up a bit. Bike riding is a wonderful exercise that is good for building strong muscles and bones as well as enjoying yourself outdoors too. If you are new to buying a bike or it has been many years since you have bought one, here are some tips for buying a new bike that will help you find just the right one for you.

The first thing to know is that typically bicycles purchased from a bike shop are of better quality than those purchased at a discount store. Deciding on where to buy your new bike and setting your budget will make the choice a bit easier. So….

1. Set a budget for your new bike and shop around to compare prices and features. Take your time to find the perfect bike at the perfect price!

2. When trying out a new bicycle it is important to consider the weight and size of the bike. It should be proportionately sized to your individual body so that its easy for you to handle and ride.

3. The shape and size of the seat is one of the most important things to look at when it comes to comfort. Sit on the bike for several minutes to see if its the right size and shape for you. If not, a seat can be easily changed out with another one.

4. Check out the bike’s pedals and make sure that your feet fit comfortably on them. If not, request a different set of pedals.

5. What kind of tires does the bike have? Are these tires seasonal or all-weather tires? Are they properly inflated? Do they have a good tread on them?

6. What kind of warranty does the bicycle come with if any? If it doesn’t have one, can you purchase one for an additional fee? Are you comfortable with the terms of any warranty program that may be offered? Make sure you read the fine print to see if you are responsible for any deductibles or co-payments.

7. If possible, take the bike on a short ride through the parking lot or around the block if the bike shop allows it. Often times this is the BEST way to get a genuine feel for it.

Have fun this spring and summer and get fit in style with a beautiful new bike that fits you to a T.

Comments

  1. Jennifer Pittman says:

    It’s been awhile since I have had a bike and I like this information to help me get a new one!

  2. Shannon says:

    These are great tips! Thank you for sharing!!!

  3. Esperanza Gailliard says:

    We recently bought a new bike for my six year old and the inner tube went on it already. I just got it at Easter. So we are going to listen to this post for our next bike purchase.

  4. Wendi S says:

    I actually bought a new bicycle for me last year. It still looks new because I have no time to ride. Great Tips!

  5. I’d love to have a new bike, actually, any bike! I did once have an expensive bike and it got stolen, which makes me think a looong time before getting a bike that will disappear if you take your eye off it for one minute! It can be daunting, but it does help to try some out, rather than just do a lot of comparing online, and talk to people who are into bikes. I don’t want to ride a bike on the road with all the texters out there, many ppl around here ride on the sidewalk to go to town. That isn’t the same as putting the bikes on a rack and going out into the country and then having a nice ride!

  6. RICHARD HICKS says:

    Great tips for buying a new bike. Sometimes it is overwhelming with so many choices.

  7. Sherry Compton says:

    Wow! So much to consider. I didn’t realize. You bring up lots of good questions. I just recently realized the prices of some bikes. My son and daughter-in-law do triathlons and want professional bikes. I thought I’d help get them one but whoa! They easily run thousands of dollars. Yeah, we couldn’t do that. But you are right is important no matter how much you are spending that the bikes is comfortable and a good fit for you. I didn’t realize there were different pedals and tires to consider. Makes sense though. Thanks.

  8. Julie Wood says:

    I want to buy a new bike. It is such great exercise and I like the tips that are given in this post. I need to make sure that the seat is comfortable and the tires have good tread.

  9. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    These are great tips for buying a bike. I haven’t ridden in years, but I have been thinking about it because I know it would be a great exercise for me. I would enjoy it more than the treadmill.

  10. nicole dz says:

    Great tips and we where just shopping around for bikes for the family. Thinking about the huffy brand. And getting a warranty is a great idea!

  11. Thanks for the tips. I used to spend my summer’s in the Czech Republic. They are big bikers there. I need to get my own here at home.

  12. I’ve always been intrigued by the folding bicycles but have never tried them. You could take them everywhere and not have to worry about theft chaining them up somewhere if they’re light enough to take with you. I just have my mountain bike from when I lived in Colorado so maybe some day I’ll get a street bike.