Mistakes to avoid when buying a bike

Mistakes to avoid when buying a bike

02/17/2017

Buying a bike can be a difficult task, given the number of possibilities - models and prices - on the market.

At first, it seems simple. What you really want is a bike and all can look good and useful regardless of the use you want to give it. Do not relativize any factor or let yourself be deceived. It is about making an important investment that can compromise your safety as well as your health. So it is best to be well informed.

We'll tell you the main mistakes to avoid.

 

1. Not knowing what use you want to give the bike

Sometimes there are those who decide to invest in a bicycle just based on looks, because it is a trend or even with the intention of starting to practice a new sport - starting to practise mountain biking or road cycling. Don’t follow the trends or shallow aspirations. If you want a bike, choose the one that best suits your needs and tastes. Decide clearly what do you need the bike for, whether it's to use as a daily means of transportation for work, for training or if you simply want to pedal for a while with your family at the weekend. Knowing what you need should be the starting point.

 

2. Buying a bicycle in a supermarket

Buying a bicycle in a supermarket is usually a mistake. A supermarket is not a bike shop. For this reason, it will be totally different in the services provided, in the variety of products, in the knowledge of the employees regarding the specific product and in the quality of the service itself.

A specialized bicycle shop can give a more effective, careful and personalized answer, as well as clarify any doubts that may arise. Most importantly, it can give you product warranty and provide the necessary maintenance services.

In a supermarket, the price may be appealing but it will never be synonymous with a good investment. Do not be fooled. Cheap can be expensive.

3. Forgetting about adjusting frame size to your body

To ensure that you buy the right bike, you must take into account the measurements of the cyclist (user), as these will determine the size of the frame. The most important measure to take into account is the height between the legs, that is, the distance in centimeters from the ground to the athlete's groin. Frames have several dimensions, in order to match all user sizes.

If the measurement between the legs is 88 centimeters, for example, the frame size you should buy is of 58 centimeters. However, bear in mind that there are diferences from brand to brand.

You should never get a frame disproportionate to your size. The frame is fundamental so that the cyclist has the best position on the bicycle and feels the maximum comfort in its pedals.

4. Ignoring the correct bike geometry measurements

A bicycle is designed for all types of users: beginners, athletes and professionals. When purchasing a bicycle for a beginner, geometry measures are different from those of a professional bicycle or those that are used in specific modalities, such as BTT and Downhill.

The measures of the many types of bicycles differ in the distance between the axles, in the distance between the saddle and the handlebar and at the height of the central movement. When buying a bike for a beginner, you should follow the following steps:

  • The distance between the axles must be long, because reactions are slower and more predictable and, in case of falling, it absorbs the impact better;
  • The support distance between the saddle and the handlebar should be short, as it keeps the cyclist in a more upright driving position, allowing more attention to traffic. On the other hand, the correct measurement of a bicycle is also easy to see through the saddle position. When the rider is standing, the saddle should be three fingers below the waist as it is the ideal position of comfort and safety for any user;
  • The height of the central movement must be low, which reduces the cyclist center of gravity  and it increases the driving stability.

5. Not thinking about  the future

It is a very common mistake most parents make. When it comes time to buy the first bike for children, most of the time, parents get a model that does not fit the current characteristics of their children. It is a intentional choice, with the objective of avoiding a future or short-term purchase.

If it is true that a child is growing and this purchase can be seen as an investment for the future; It is also true that an inadequate bicycle is very dangerous.

The purchase of a bicycle is intended to satisfy a need or whim, always related to a healthy and fun practice. If too big, a bicycle can create insecurity and can cause serious accidents, or may even cause the child to lose the will and the pleasure of pedaling

These are some of the mistakes you should avoid when deciding to buy a bike.

Pedaling feels good and i tis good for you. It is a healthy and environmentally friendly transportation alternative. Cycling is always a good bet and there are perfect solutions for all users.

Make a conscious choice and ensure a good investment.

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