Buying the right bike for you

Choosing the perfect bike can be just as difficult as choosing the right pair of school shoes. You want to be comfortable in what you’re wearing but you also want to impress your peers. It’s the all to familiar scenario, your head is telling you to go for something sensible but your heart is telling you to pick something that will give you that wow factor, making you the envy of all your friends. Carry on Cycling are advocates of owning a bicycle that is fit for purpose and will ultimately keep you safe. Below are a few things to keep in mind when making the final steps and purchasing your bike.

Purpose

First you need to determine what type of bike you are after and what you will be using it for. As soon as you have made this decision, which can often be the biggest hill to climb, most things should fall into place. There is no point purchasing a mountain bike when you will be using it for a race track, nor would it be a good idea to purchase a BMX if you are looking to use it to transport you from work to home.

Price

Some people will rationalise their decision that they are saving money on petrol and insurance that they would on a car when buying a bike but you have to be realistic when making the final purchase. Be savvy with your money, and make sure you are getting the best quality bike for the amount you are handing over.

Appearance

Don’t buy a bike solely on the way it looks. You want to make sure that all the parts are of a high specification and not just painted to look pretty! If it is second hand take into consideration the marks and scratches from the previous owners and if you are willing to pay the price for a bike that may need the odd paint or

The End Product

If possible ask to take it on a test ride, how will you know if it’s the right bike for you until you have cycled it? The last thing you want is to get the bike home, take it on a ride and realise it’s not suited to you and your needs. Make sure it has a warranty and guaranty and that it is not going to let you down when you do take it out of the showroom. You want a bike that will last and cause you no problems in the future.

Buying a bike can be a challenge, especially if your head and your heart are having a heated debate rather loudly in your head. Like buying a car, take your time, take it on a test drive and only buy when you are completely satisfied that are have gotten the best deal possible. And finally, do not forget to buy a brand new helmet when you do make the purchase it really would be silly not to.