Many people have found reason in taking up cycling. There are those who decide to take up cycling because the price of gas is too high and the cost of maintenance on a vehicle is too high. Some decide to cycle because they want to have less of an impact on the environment when traveling.
Still others simply ride bicycles for fun. No matter your reason for choosing to take up cycling, you need to know some important things before you decide on your first bicycle. You will be surprised at how much more there is to a bicycle than just the looks. This article gives you some tips and pointers to help you pick the bicycle that will be perfect for you.
Consider how the bicycle brakes, for one. You have to think about what you are most comfortable with along the lines of stopping your bicycle. If you only want a bike to use occasionally as a hobby, you can go with normal brakes which are just small pads designed to clasp the wheel when used. For more hardcore cycling on tough terrain you may want some better brakes. The best kind of braking system to choose for this style of riding is the disk brakes, because they are build to handle more and are less apt to fail under stress.
For a road bike you should take away 9" from the inseam measurement you took earlier. This is because of the size of the tires on your road bike. Designed to work best on concrete pavements, road bikes are best suited to cycling around the city. For a mountain bike take away 12 inches from your inseam. This is because the tires of a mountain bike are different than those on a road bike. These tires are designed to handle rocky and jagged terrain so are therefore thicker. Mountain bikes can travel on city pavement but that is not what they are designed to do.
Where you set the angle of your seat is also something to consider. You can tilt the seat any way you want it. What angle explanation you tilt your seat at is solely going to depend on what position you find most comfortable. Adjust your seat so that this is possible. You could leave it as it is, but the narrow part of the seat might not allow you to rest comfortably in a forward leaning position.
Your main priority is the physical fit of your bike. When deciding upon using a bike for transportation you need to keep this in mind. Comfort and safety are both very important.