Shopping for a bike can be a little more complicated than you might think. Find the right bike for your needs with these tips from Reno’s Velo Bicycle Shop.
Riding a bike is not only an easy way to get in your workout, but it’s also relaxing, enjoyable for all ages and has multiple health benefits, including increased cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength, and decreased stress and anxiety.
If you’re a beginner rider, just getting started or need to upgrade that old bike in the garage, do you know what to look for when you’re shopping for a new one?
Before you start pedaling your way to better health, here are a few key factors to keep in mind when picking out your new bike: and start riding your way to better health this summer.
The first step in finding the bike you want is by setting your price range. Bikes can cost anywhere from $200 to more than $3,000 so knowing your budget before you shop can narrow your options.
“Many people have a certain dollar amount they want to be under, but that’s not realistic. They should have a set range that they want to meet,” says Richard Paul, owner of Velo Bicycle Shop in Reno.
- Intended Use
Do you want to be a competitive road biker, ride mountain trails, or just want to ride to and from work? When you’re shopping, tell the employee at the bike shop what you will be using the bike for, and they can help you find the best suited bike for your needs.
“Sometimes the bike people are thinking of isn’t the best option for their use or pricing,” Richard says.
- Fitness Level
Before shopping, you should assess your own personal fitness and flexibility levels. Are you moderately active several times a week or do you prefer sedentary activities in your time off?
If you’re not very fit, for example, you would find it difficult to ride a competitive road bike. And by knowing how flexibility you are (do you do stretches, yoga or dance?) will also help the shop employee size the bike right so it will not cause strain on your muscles and joints.
- Plan Ahead
This is the biggest mistake most people make when they go bike shopping. Don’t be afraid to explore your options and take time to find the right bike.
“Don’t go down to the shop the day before you need a bike; the shop may not have the best bike for them right at that time,” Richard shares. “Sometimes the first shop you go to has the bike you want, but sometimes you’ll need to go to a few places.”
- Brand Doesn’t Matter
Don’t go into the shop thinking that you have to have to buy a certain brand. Instead, make sure your bike meets your needs.
“You can’t go wrong with one brand over another. The components of the bike are more important,” says Richard.
- Where To Go
Going to a bike shop versus a big box store such as Target or Wal-Mart is beneficial because the shop employees work with and put together bikes every day, and will be able to spend time helping you choose the right bike for your need.
“The employees at those (big box stores) aren’t going to know the bikes,” Richard says.
- Safety First
Once you’ve picked out your ideal bike, don’t forget to purchase a helmet! Riding without one is very dangerous and could lead to a concussion or other head injury. Ask the bike shop employee to fit you with the right helmet to go with your bike.