One of the most important issues for a beginner, because buying a good bike, suitable and correct is one of the factors that most influence whether you’ll get a taste for riding.
Climb on a bike without quality or wrong size is sure to feel uncomfortable and have just one more object stopped collecting dust at home.
Which Bike To Buy?
- RULE n° 1: the cheap comes out expensive and tire easily. If the brand of bike is just a sticker glued to the table, think about what you will do.
- RULE n° 2: cost x benefit is the question and answer.
- Rule number 3: few can have a Ferrari, but anyone can buy a decent bike.
- RULE n° 4: Search there are websites today which offer bikes to a great price, up to 12 x without interest and with free shipping.
- A good buy is labor intensive, but worth it
- first of all, talk to several experienced cyclists
- be clear what the use that will be given to the bike
- test as many bikes as you can
- make a market research on bicycles
- think of spending 10% more; never 10% less
- bad bike is the first cause of the disincentive to cycling
- between two similar bikes? which have wheels best!
- Applies to all bicycles
- Frame and fork:
- fundamental: the cheap comes out expensive. the cheap tires! the cheap breaks easy. the cheap is not safe…
- the most beautiful bike is not necessarily the best.
- There’s a bike for every use.
- There is a template for each rider.
- what appears to be lighter is not always actually lighter.
- There is a right size bike for every rider.
- There is a frame and fork geometry suitable for each rider.
- There are different types of pipes and materials to build the frame.
- the only thing that matters is the overall quality, precision.
- good bike allows fine-tuning
- every bike has its own characteristics, like a soul
- how much better the suspension, softer drive
- how much better the suspension, the less slack
- good quality of a reference frame: the saddle seatpost must rise and fall free, no scratches
- fundamental: the cheap comes out expensive. the cheap tires! the cheap breaks easy!.
- the number of marches does not matter; matter the accuracy
- the gear drive system is the model that you prefer
- the mark of the components does not matter-matter the quality
- give preference to forged aluminum components, at least
- good components allow varied and precise adjustments
- wheels: how much lighter and stronger, better
- hoops: perfectly aligned and without leaps on braking
- tire: lightweight, lined, allowing high pressure
- camera: if possible, take and it takes months to wither
- brake system: gradual drive and braking power total
- footswitch: choose the most comfortable
- Frequently asked questions:
- The bikes are all the same?
Absolutely not! Even if two bikes are apparently identical, but originate from different factories, probably have a different performance.
- Why it’s not worth buying a very cheap bike?
Because the low quality of the bike is one of the main reasons for the low level of cycling. That’s why there are so many dusty bikes in garages.
- And bike used?
The problem used bike is, mainly, the State of the pieces. If you need a lot of Exchange, the business will come out more expensive than a new one.
- How to know if a bicycle is good?
Cleanliness, order, well exposed products, wide range of products, attention of the seller, clear and precise answers, possibility of short test (s) bicycle (s). If they can not attend to you promptly in the wanted product, try to find it or indicate the suitable place for the purchase.
A good bike shop respects the competition and not the face as an enemy. Among the best of them, there’s a clear notion of what your purpose is, first of all, increase the number of cyclists happy. Correct dealer acts ethically and not push any product just to make a sale.
·Basic measures that should be observed in the choice of bike:
- Seat Tube=seat tube of the bicycle frame. That’s what sets the size of the bike.
The mountain bikes that measure is presented in inches: 17 “, 18”, 19 ″ etc
In Speed, hybrid and Estradeiras measurement is in cm: 50, 52, 54 cm etc
See the table below for the appropriate bike size for your height.
- Top Tube Horizontal = top tube of the bicycle frame. Sets the length of the bike.
This measure is also used to set the size of the bike for the rider, and should be taken in a straight line, parallel to the floor. From the center of the front tube to the center of the seat post of the bike saddle.
Some bicycle manufacturers present their models with slight difference in length of the top tube horizontal. For cyclists with a longer stem, it is recommended to top tube horizontal models longer and for cyclists with the shorter stem, a shorter top tube. So it is essential that if you try different brands and models before purchase because bikes with same nominal size may show differences in their geometries. When in doubt, consult a professional and do a bike fit before purchase for every body type and depending on the use you intend to make the bike there are measures and different settings.
- Top Tube shorter: ideal for plan, urban use and beginners; serves to keep the rider in a position more standing, making it easier to look at the traffic. The cyclist is more exposed to the wind, which makes the bike more slowly. Cyclist in standing position have more difficulty performing steep climbs. The neck is less required. The lumbar spine is replaced by the shock of the cyclist.
- Top Tube longer: ideal for sportsmen and professionals: aims to remove as much of the muscle function of the body of the rider. Facilitates grubbed up, climbs and sudden changes of direction, allowing for aggressive driving. As the body of the rider is more lying, there is less aerodynamic drag, making it easier to maintain high speeds.
- At the time of purchase is essential to choose the bike that matches the size of the rider
Basic table-height of the rider x bike size
|average height of the rider
|1.60-1.70||16 or 17||50, 52, 54|
|1.70-1.80||18-20||54, 55, 56|
|1.80-1.90||21 -22||57, 58|
|1.90 higher||22||60, 62|
The bicycle classification can be divided into four basic categories established by the price.
- supermarket bikes or magazines – until somewhere around R $400.00 tops
- bikes for beginners: R $450.00 R $600.00.
- bikes for amateur sportsmen: R $900.00 R $1,800.00 (or more)
- professional bikes: how your Pocket can afford.
- The cheap comes out expensive. The cheap doesn’t pay.
- What use do the bike? Means of transport, leisure, sport, professional… Is there difference in price.
- You should always think about the cost x benefit in respect of bicycles.
- How much lighter the bike, higher investment.
- Many times the parts, tyres and inner tubes very light are less durable. Is it really worth it?%3