Buying Your First Bike

Buying a bike is like buying a glove – everything has to fit comfortably as if it was tailor made for you. Whether this bike is just for a leisurely Sunday morning ride, or you’re looking to go off-roading, it’s important to purchase the right vehicle for your specific needs. With various types, models, and brands, your choices can seem overwhelming. By following this small guide, you’ll be well on your way to purchasing the perfect vehicle.

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Buying a bike is like buying a glove – everything has to fit comfortably as if it was tailor made for you. Whether this bike is just for a leisurely Sunday morning ride, or you’re looking to go off-roading, it’s important to purchase the right vehicle for your specific needs. With various types, models, and brands, your choices can seem overwhelming. By following this small guide, you’ll be well on your way to purchasing the perfect vehicle.

 

Pick A Bike, Any Bike?

Unfortunately, bikes are not a one-size-fits-all property. Not only are there different bikes for different types of terrains and activities, there are different types of bikes within each category. What are your biking goals? Are you commuting to work to save on gas or looking to mountain bike on the weekends in lieu of a trip to the gym? Define what your long-term needs are for your first bike and you’ll be able to narrow down your choices.

 

Generally speaking, there are 3 main classifications of bikes: road bikes, mountain bikes, and hybrid bikes. If you’re commuting often, a hybrid or road bike will suit you best. Road bikes tend to be thinner and sleeker with curved handles for better aerodynamics and are typically lightweight for convenience and for terrain type. Road bikes also house professional cycling bikes as a subcategory, but if you’re looking for your first bike, it’s best to stick with a standard model. Hybrid bikes are for the rider that might want to do it all. Although it is not as durable as a mountain bike, these bikes are great for commuting, transporting goods, and can even be customized for a sportier terrain. Mountain bikes are best suited for…

 

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Author: Thorsten Hagemann

Thorsten Hagemann is medical professional, entrepreneur, and cycling enthusiast. He is the Founder of MedAdvise Ltd., a consultancy company focused on preventative medicine. Hagemann graduated in medicine in 1998 and earned his Doctor of Medicine in 2002. He went on to specialize in Internal Medicine, Haematology, and Medical Oncology.

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