Start gearing up for the bike season by taking the time in selecting a bike model that is suitable for your budget and fitness goals. Here are our shopping tips for your convenience.
The warm weather is here and it is perfect for getting on your bike and enjoying the sights, sounds, and even smell of summer, hopping on a bike and going for a long ride can be a pretty enjoyable experience. Riding a bike is an enjoyable and fun experience because you not only can see the scenery go by, you can do it also with your friends and even children. When scheduled properly, it is an exercise routine that you can do with the entire family but if you prefer, you can do it alone. You can ride in the mountains. You can ride in the city. It’s very versatile and it’s a great exercise for a change of pace.
Biking is great for calorie burn. You can burn roughly 200 calories an hour on a leisurely bike ride; 450 to 600 calories if you’re biking at a good clip. The harder you pedal, the steeper the hills, the more calories you’ll burn.
But wait! Before you can go, you need to invest in a good bike. Here are our tips on how to do it.
The right type of bike will encourage you go out biking more but good bikes can be a bit pricey — running anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars. Of course, you don’t have to shell out a huge amount for your first bike. There are places you can get bikes for two hundred dollars or just a bit more. Garage sales are spots you can scout for even less.
When choosing a bike, start by asking yourself these questions:
Where do I want to ride it? (Mostly on roads or trails?)
Why do I want to ride? (For fun? For fitness? To do errands and save gas?)
What’s the most comfortable position to ride? (Fully upright? Leisurely and leaning forward? Or racing mode?)
Your answers to these questions can help you determine which type of bike you will get.
Your choices include for different bikes are the following:
Mountain bikes are okay for pavements, but work best on dirt roads. If you want to scale some hills for a more intense workout, then mountain bikes are better suited for this task. They are not considered “speedsters” because they don’t go too fast as they have smaller wheels.
Road bikes have narrower wheels compared to mountain bikes and it is a good choice if you ride mostly on flat roads. If you are more into “touring” the mountain side and enjoying the scenery these are the bikes that are good for such an activity. They can also cover longer distances. Be sure to get a bike that is the right size for your height.
Hybrids are a cross between a mountain bike and road bike. You are essentially getting the best of both worlds as they’re good for paved roads and can go off road too.
Recreational bikes are cute bikes with quirky designs best ridden for your picnic or a day out for a stroll. You can stick a wicker basket at the front or end and even use it for light-weight shopping.
Racing bikes are the lightest in weight and are designed for speed. To make them light, they are made out of high-tech materials and can be the priciest in the list.
Apart from securing a good bike that is appropriate for you there are also certain accessories you need to get to make the whole bike riding experience a good, safe, and comfortable one.
One thing you need to get together with your new bike is a good helmet. A helmet is critical for protecting yourself from serious head injuries. You should wear a helmet no matter whether you’re riding for fun or for exercise.
You may also want to upgrade your bike’s seat. You can get a choice between a hard and soft seat. Some people prefer hard seats, some prefer soft.
Riding gloves help protect your hands especially when you’re gripping your bike or those accidental bike falls.
Baskets or packs. If you plan to ride to the store to pick up a few items, a basket or bike pack can come in handy. This is really ideal especially for people with back issues as a backpack could hurt your back while riding. A waist or fanny pack may be okay, but won’t give you a lot of room.
Locks. If you’re planning on using your bike as a mode of transportation, you need a good lock so you can secure your bike when you reach your destination.
Now that you have your gears ready, you can now start your bike journey to fitness.
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