Choosing a New Bike
Deciding which bike to purchase is a complicated job. Over the past ten years, bicycling as a sport has changed a lot. The technological breakthroughs, as well as the expansion of bike construction materials, have made bike size not the only consideration. This makes purchasing a new bike a tough decision. Choosing well means you will be content for a long time, whereas choosing poorly will mean an immediate loss. Consider a few factors.
The places you will be riding on the most will influence your choice. It could be on trails or for off-roading, or simply for commuting. Keep in mind, there are two categories of bikes, that is road and mountain bikes. Road bikes are light in construction, making them ideal for speed. They are meant to be used by performance oriented people due to their aerodynamic body style. They have narrow and smooth tires for precision on paved roads. They are ideal for exercising or light weekend use. The suspension setups of mountain bikes allow them to absorb the abuse from dirt trails and rocky terrain. Using they on paved roads is hard considering their bulk, and thick heavy wheels with large threads. Of the two types, pick accordingly. Or settle on a hybrid bike, which will be fast and light, while able to handle rough terrain.
Bikes can either be cheap, costing a few hundreds, to being extremely expensive, costing more than tens of thousands. When budgeting for your new bike, aim to spend within your budget. Keep in mind though, the kind of use you intend to make of the bike. Those who wish to go trial riding have their choice cut out. This bike will be expensive, but will serve you well. For less use, keep your spending minimal.
Your choice of parts matters. Low gear ranges are suited for mountain climbing. Hard trail and full are the suspension setups. Heavy mountain biking requires a full suspension setup, while for minimal camping needs, hardtail setup is sufficient. Disc-brakes work better than v-brakes for frequent campers.
The choice of seat to fit is also important. On normal roads, a padded, pillow top saddle works. For rough surfaces, a gel padding will mold to your body, offering a buffer against the shocks from the road. Find a base that will cover your bottom well.
The bike frame size you settle on should fit your body size. This will ensure comfort and control when riding. Make use of bike sizing charts, which will compare your body height with bike size, to come up with the right fit.
How you choose other camping equipment is the same way you need to invest your time when selecting a bike. Regardless of your lifestyle or camping needs and frequency, it is important to choose the right bike for you.