Purchasing your first adult bike is a bigger decision that most people would think. A bike is a very personal item, just like a new car or new clothes, it has to fit you! A first time buyer has many points to consider before investing their hard earned money into a pleasure or competition bike.
Choosing the Right Kind of Bike
First thing to consider is what type of bike you want for yourself. There are generally four styles of bikes to choose from, and your selection should depend on what your main type of riding will be.
A Road Bike is for paved streets and riding fast. It has thin tires, a lightweight frame and a position that puts you bent over the handlebars. The frames of most road bikes are not heavy in construction and don’t usually stand up well for extended periods under heavy loads or tough, rough surfaces. They are definitely not made for off road riding.
These have become very popular in the last couple of decades. They have wide tires, with knobby treads and a tough frame, and are made for the off road trails and countryside. Mountain bikes are not as fast as road bikes, because durability and a more comfortable riding position is more important to the rider. Your sitting position is a bit higher on mountain bikes, more upright with the straight handlebars.
Cruisers are more for the site seeing type of ride. They have wide tires, wide seats, upright handlebars and usually just a single gear. More simple mechanically, they are easy to maintain and work with flat terrain and a rider who’s more into a nice ride for pleasure.
Hybrid bikes are a cross between a road and a mountain bike. They offers the best features of the the two types of bikes combined. Smooth skinny tires, allow you to go faster and have an upright seat for easier riding. The handlebar position is one that many people favor.
Here is a list of the seven things you should always have when you are out on your bike:
… a small GPS is not a bad idea either.
If you want your bike to run smoothly for as long as possible, you need to keep it in clean working condition.
1. Clean and lubricate your chain The chain and sprockets on your bike play a key part in the transfer of power in your legs to your wheels, making them go round and round. When they collect dirt and grit and get gummy, not only does it slow you down, but they also wear out faster. Keeping your chain clean and lubricated is one of the best ways to keep your bike working well.
Use a lightweight oil specially designed for bikes. Stay away from motor oil as it is too heavy and will quickly attract dirt and crud. Light lubrication is the key, and wipe off excess at the end.
2. Lubricate the moving parts of your brakes and derailleurs. Your bike has quite a few moving metal parts that accumulate dirt and moisture. To keep your bike operating well, these parts should be lubricated regularly. Pivot points on the brakes and derailleurs, these are places where you want to apply a couple drops of oil.
While riding your bike down a canal road in say Naples Florida you will be happy you checked out all the types of bikes to buy. Check out the local Naples coupons for bikes website for Naples service shops and parts discounts.
Enjoy your new adventure!