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Things to Know Before You Shop for a New Bike

June 11, 2009

So you have finally decided, for whatever reason, to buy a bike.  That’s great! Congratulations! Cycling has changed my life and I hope it changes yours too.

Buying the bike however can be a daunting task.  I remember the first time I walked into a bike shop I was a little intimidated.  I had no idea what to expect and I had no idea what was going to be the best bike for me.  Luckily my salesperson was a seasoned rider and had been in the business for a long time.  He knew what questions to ask and I found the perfect ride.

Here are few questions you might ask yourself before you start looking at bikes.  These questions will help you and your salesperson get a better idea about the bike that’s best for you.

  • Why are you buying a bike? Are you looking to commute, enter a race, or just looking to stay in shape.
  • Where are you going to ride it? On road, off road, hike and bike trail.
  • Are you riding with friends or by yourself? If you’re riding with friends what do they ride?
  • What is your long term goal?

That last question is an important one.  Buying a bike is a lot like buying a car.  Go ahead and get the power windows now, because adding them later would not be worth the expense.  If you’re just starting out and you’re going to be riding 12 miles twice a week, but your goal is to build up to riding 50 miles two or three times a week, buy the bike for your long term goal.  Yes you can always upgrade later, but you will save money in the long run if you don’t have to.

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