Beginner’s Guide – How To Choose Bicycle

Choosing the right bicycle is very crucial and the most confusing part for the beginners. In a country like India, it is even more confusing, where adults hop back on bicycle saddle only after their childhood days. Without the appropriate bicycle type and the right fit, you may end up shedding extra bucks and upgrading your bike too soon. Here are few of the many questions you should ask to narrow down your search.

What type of bicycle would be best for me?

Before we being, it is very important to understand the different types of bicycles:

Mountain Terrain Bikes (MTB) – MTBs come with extra sturdiness and can take some good beatings from rough terrains and bumpy roads. Front shock absorbers, a combination of little inclined and upright position and wider tires results in comfortable riding experience even for a longer period of time.

Road Bikes Road bikes are built for speed. The lightweight frame, thin tires, aerodynamic positioning, everything is designed with just one goal i.e. Speed! Road bikes are best suited for flat roads. Due to the absence of front shocks and leaned on positioning, the rider’s body may have to take some hits if the road gets little bumpy.

Hybrid Bikes – As the name goes, Hybrids bikes are the mix of both Mountain and Road bike. These are partly mountain bikes and partly road bikes. An inclined upright positioning with thin tires is two of the important distinguishing features of Hybrid Bikes. Because of slimmer tires compared to MTBs, Hybrid bikes clocks better average speed than MTBs. These bikes are best for flat or little bumpy city roads.

Now, as you have gone through the different types of bikes, let’s analyze a bit on your purpose of buying bicycle:

What is your purpose of buying a bicycle?

Your purpose of buying bicycle should be very clear and make sure you stick to it. If not, then soon you will not be able to suppress your itch of adding one more bike to your collection. Broadly there are three purposes of buying bicycle:

  • > Short Distance Commute & Weekend Fun Rides
  • > Long Endurance Rides & Fitness
  • > Competitive Cycling

Short Commute Rides & Weekend Fun Rides: If your purpose for buying a bicycle is short distance city commute or fun rides with friends on weekend, then a low-range Mountain or Hybrid bike with basic components & functionality will be best for you. Now readers please be advised, many beginners start cycling with the goal of fun rides or short distance, however, once you start getting hang of it and start building on stamina, which you will, cyclists may end up attempting long rides of 100KM & plus on these low-range bikes. Such type of long rides on low-range bikes is quite uncomfortable & exhausting at times and you may fall behind if the members of your group own mid or high-range bikes. So before you zero-in lower digits for your new bike, please finalize your purpose and make sure you stick to it or soon you will end up buying another bike of mid or high range.

Long Endurance Rides & Fitness: If your goal is to lose some extra kilos and want to add up some adventure to your monotonous weekends through long rides, then a Mid-Range MTB or Hybrid should be perfect for you. Now the type of bike should be selected on rider’s preference of terrain. If you want to explore new off-road terrains or frequently come across bumpy roads then you must opt for Mid-Range MTB. On the other hand, if you wish to clock higher average speed than fellow MTB cyclists then a Mid-Range Hybrid should be perfect for you. The lightweight alloy body, geometrically measured frames, and premium component quality are some of the features of mid-range bikes, which will ensure comfortable long distance rides.

Competitive Cycling: We assume that if you are planning to compete with athletes and professional cyclists, then by now you have done many century rides, your average speed clocks around 25kmph on MTB and you have a good understanding of complicated terms like Cadence, Elevation Gain, and VO2. Hence, Road Bikes are meant for you! If you are determined enough to try cycling as a competitive sport, then without much ado go for Road Bikes.

What is your Budget?

Back in our childhood days, we all owned a Hero, Hercules or Atlas bicycle, which cost on an average of ₹ 4,000 to ₹ 7,000. But when it comes to bicycles for adults, it’s a whole different world. The range starts from ₹ 8,000 and can go up to the cost of a luxury sedan car. However, you have to zero-in on the digits of your comfort and choose the best bicycle for you. On the other hand, you can also rent any premium bike for a week or two and get a hang of it. A good rental bike will help you understand why it’s worth spending ₹30,000 on a bicycle! Below is the classification of bicycle range in broader terms.

  • > Low-Range – 8,000 to 25,000
  • > Mid-Range – 25,000 to 80,000
  • > High-Range – 80,000 and above

We hope this article will help you find your dream bike. If you are still not sure, feel free to contact us through call or email.

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