For people with an active lifestyle, owning a bike is more of a necessity than just a mere want. So, if you have an active lifestyle and you are planning to buy your own bicycle, you need to know the different kinds of bike before deciding which one to buy. You’ve come a long way since learning how to ride on two wheels.
There are kiddie bikes, adult bikes and bikes that take you on long distances and on different terrains. Naturally, as your need for two-wheeled speed changes, it follows that your requirements for a bike will change right along with it.
Find a brand that has been in the industry for a long time and with engineer and craftsmen who are experienced. The brand should know how to make the right kind of bikes for your exact needs. Guided by inspiration, innovation, and craftsmanship, they should pioneer advancements in aluminum and composite engineering so you can expect your bike from this brand to be of stellar quality.
For starters, you need to consider your riding surface: dirt trails, pavement, gravel and pavement. Giant Bicycles may be well known for its range of high-quality mountain bikes. But its innovation began with the Cadex 980 C – an affordable carbon fibre road bike. You can definitely find the type of bike engineered for the specific surface you ride.
Giant has on-road bikes for paved roads and paths; off-road bikes for singletrack and dirt paths; X-road, for a combination of dirt and pavement. Incidentally, the brand also has bikes for kids.
The next step is to get the bike that fits your proportions. The wrong size will not only mean reduced performance but even safety issues on the road or on those dirt trails. You need a bike that is designed perfectly for your proportions.
The frame size is a good starting point. It has to fit your leg length. For recreational bikes, you should get a lot of stand-over room when you straddle it. For high-performance bikes, you should get 1″ clearance for road bikes and 2″ clearance for mountain bikes.
The seat height should allow you to bend just a bit when your pedal is at its lowest point in rotation. And as you sit, you should be able to reach the handlebar without difficulty; your elbows should bend slightly.
Once you find the right size, take it for a spin. Riding the bike is the best way to tell if it’s the perfect bike from Giant. Your Giant Bicycle seller should allow you to test ride the road bike or mountain bike around the parking lot. If they have on-site trails for these tests, even better.