Things to Keep in Mind When Buying A New Bike

The newest bike might be an eye candy but, is it the one for you? Purchasing a bike is more like purchasing a car than a toy. Owning a bike is a huge responsibility, as it carries with it the wonders and burdens of maintenance.

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When buying a bike, there are a lot of things that you must consider before going to the bike shop. To avoid the bicycle sham, find the right bike for you using these 10 tips.

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10 Things That You need to Check for Your New Bike:

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Determine What You Need the Bike for

One obvious reason might be to get some exercise. But, you should also consider what other biking adventures you will be doing.

There are various categories of bike riding: road, hybrid, urban, gravel and more. Do you expect to engage in all of these or do you want to focus on a certain riding? 

It is recommended to choose a road bike or a hybrid if you’re planning to cycle on the road. If you plan to go off-road, it is best to go for a mountain or gravel bike.

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Your bike should align with your goals. Be wary of bikes that need significant or constant modifications for it to work for you. Constant swapping of gears can be expensive and large fit adjustments can entirely change the bike’s characteristics.

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Consider Your Budget

Finances are always a factor to consider when there are transactions involved. Spending on your bike does not stop after purchasing the bike. Consider how much you are willing to spend for a bike.

For long-term efficiency of the bike, you might also want to factor in the maintenance of the bike and also the cost of each replaceable part, in case they would need to be changed in the future.

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If your bike requires constant replacement because of regular use, factor in those expenses as well. The bike’s accessories are equally important. 

Include in your budget plan the need to buy helmet, floor pump, bike lights and any other accessories that come with bike riding. You might also want to invest in spare tires, tire levers and a bike pump.

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Take a Test Ride

The design of the bike will catch your eye. It’s the feeling of riding it that will urge you to actually purchase the bike. You don’t know how a bike suits you until you have tried riding it.


It is very much like purchasing a car. Try to do more than a simple pedal around a parking lot. Ask if they have a demo bike that you can rent or borrow for a few days to really get the feel of the model.

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Keep Your Bike Options Open

You might have a specific bike in mind but there might be models out there which suit you better and that is okay. Brand loyalty can be great but a little diversity spreads the comfort zone. You can reaffirm your love for one brand or discover a better fit in another.

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Don’t Settle on a Bike

If you are unsure how you feel about the bike, postpone the decision to buy it. Just because it has a great deal, it doesn’t mean that you settle for it. You will likely own the bike for years and spend plenty of time riding it. This means that you really should be comfortable with it.

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Ask the Experts

While the internet offers different opinions on the different bikes, it’s still better to personally engage with an experienced biker or a professional bike salesperson.


They will most probably know what you need in order to align yourself with your biking goals. Not only that, they would be able to offer you valuable, personalized advice on what bike you should get.

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Importance of A Proper Fit

Have an expert confirm if you are choosing the right-sized bike. It should be proportional to your height and weight and is aligned with your biking goals. Some bike shops have bike-fitting services, so do not hesitate to consult with them. 


No matter what kind of bike your purchase, it would be a nightmare to handle one on the road if it just doesn’t fit. Check the four basic adjustments: seat height, handlebar height, reach and saddle position.

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Consider a Custom Bike

Finances are always a factor to consider when there are transactions involved. Spending on your bike does not stop after purchasing the bike. Consider how much you are willing to spend for a bike. 

For long-term efficiency of the bike, you might also want to factor in the maintenance of the bike and also the cost of each replaceable part, in case they would need to be changed in the future.

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If your bike requires constant replacement because of regular use, factor in those expenses as well. The bike’s accessories are equally important. 

Include in your budget plan the need to buy helmet, floor pump, bike lights and any other accessories that come with bike riding. You might also want to invest in spare tires, tire levers and a bike pump.

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Don’t Pay for Features You Don’t Need

Not all that’s new and shiny is for you. Remember the saying “Old but Gold”, stick to your biking goals and stand ground on your bicycle needs.

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Consider Where to Buy

A lot of online shops has for-sale bicycles that might seem like a perfect fit for you. A new bike is a personal purchase; there is no way to compare whether a medium or an XXL is the best frame size for you. 


There might be a lot of great deals online but if you are just starting out with little to no clue about bike purchasing, it might be the safest to go to your local bicycle shop and have a go at a few bikes.

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Conclusion

A bike is a long-term companion. You will be riding it every weekend and you will probably be taking it on family vacations for the next few years. You have to be okay with the color; you have to be okay with the height. You have to be able to form a personal connection with your wheels. Go back to the basic reason why you want or need a bike.

Walter Kalb
 

Walter Kalb is the Editor of TheSportsUp.com. He is a sports enthusiast and love to share what he know about sports. In personal life he is a father of two cute kids and loving husband of a beautiful wife. He love foods and nothing is more important than reading book in his spare time.

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