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There is a misconception that picking the right bike is easy. Many people just think finding a bike that looks good and is comfortable is all there is to picking the right bike. The truth is that there is a lot more to finding the right bicycle these days than there used to be. Now that more and more people are starting to cycle, the options have risen to an almost head-spinning variety. Using a bike as the main method of transport is quickly becoming popular. While many people cycle as a hobby. If you want to know those important things to look out for when selecting a bike, read the following.

The first thing you need to do is try the bicycle on for size, meaning sit on it and make sure that your feet are still flat on the floor so you will be able to stop yourself. Some experts, however, say that this is not a good idea. They state the best way to choose a bike is to leave a few inches between your feet and the ground so you can have a more comfortable ride. If your feet are sitting flat on the ground while your butt is on the seat, this usually means that the seat is too close to the crossbar and will need to be adjusted for comfort. Also, if you find that your knees are bent when sitting on the bike, your knees are going to come up too high when you are pedaling your bike.

Always keep in mind that you want to test the bike before you buy it. It is important that you not buy anything before you’ve had the opportunity to ride it at least for a few minutes. Think about it: would you buy a car without taking it for a test drive?

Why you can try these out wouldn’t you do the same with a bicycle? It's even more important for you to do if you plan on spending a significant amount of money on it and will be using it a lot. Choose the bicycle that you know will fit you. Physical fit is easy to determine, but you also need to find a bike that “fits” your riding style. You wouldn't want to spend your hard earned money on something that isn't comfortable, would you?

Another aspect you need to think about is the angle of the seat. Bicycles can be tilted in a number of ways. You might find that a perfectly flat seat is a little uncomfortable and that you prefer to lean forward a little bit. Continue to adjust your seat until it feels the best for you. Choosing to ride with the seat flat, will likely make for a less accommodating cycling experience, as the narrow section of the seat will be bothersome when you lean forward.

When you get a bike your main goal should be to find one that physically suits you. Selecting a bike with a good fit for you is of the utmost importance, when using a bike as the main way to get from A to B. Safety is important when on a bike but do not overlook comfort, otherwise those long rides will soon grow tiresome.

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