The Ultimate Bike Buying Guide for Beginners in 2021

In 2021, a year when we are (mostly) all living in quarantine, a lot of people have turned to riding their bike around as a way to get out of the house and get a little bit of exercise. Some people also use biking as a way of transportation around their hometown. Riding a bike is a freeing experience, one that can help you put your Covid-19 related fears to rest, at least for an hour or two.

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But in order to get that thrilling experience, you need to first choose a bike to purchase, and the assortment of bikes out there to choose from are numerous. Read on for the Ultimate Bike Buying Guide for beginner bikers in 2021 so that you can narrow down your choices and pick the right bike for you. 

Where Will You Ride? 

First, ask yourself where you will ride the bike, as the chosen terrain makes a world of difference. Decide how far you will ride and how often you will use the bike as these factors all affect which bike you will purchase. If you will ride pavements, you can choose a fitness bike or road bike whereas, if you want a fast, comfortable and practical ride for all-road trails, go for a gravel bike. These bikes are also best for those who ride in areas that are covered in snow and ice in winter. If you’re going to ride on off-road tracks, go for a mountain bike. People who are city riders but also want the option to take different terrains should go for a hybrid bike. 

How Much Are You Willing to Spend?

Bikes can be a pretty costly investment to make with good quality bikes ranging from $300 and $400  to up to $2000. These prices are based on several factors such as bike frame material, tire weight, and suspension adjustments. Prices also differ based on the type of brakes the bike has whether they are more basic brakes such as rim brakes or more sophisticated ones like cable-activated brakes and hydraulic disk brakes. There are bikes on the market that are cheaper than $300, but it is recommended to invest in a higher quality bike that is safe and will last. If you have a limited budget, you can purchase a second-hand bike. Furthermore, manufacturers have promotions on current bike models before releasing the latest ones, so waiting until after September could get you a great deal. 

How Will You Use Your Bike?

How you intend to use your bike can help you narrow down the options. For example, many people purchase a bike to burn calories. Bike experts at recommend biking to stay in good shape. If you want to shed off any extra pounds,  then you should invest in a fitness bike. If you are buying a bike to commute from one place to another, you should buy a city bike. Road bikes, or adventure road bikes, are bikes for on-road racers. Racers can also buy Triathlon bikes as they are specifically designed to maximize aerodynamic properties. Touring bikes offer more comfort for long-distance rides that last several days while Mountain bikes are suitable for extreme sports such as hiking and biking on uneven terrains. Adult tricycles are good for elderly people who want to keep fit and children have several kinds of suitable bikes to choose from to ride around. Balance bikes are ideal for preschoolers whereas older children will need bikes with 16-inch wheels before progressing to bikes with 20 and then 24-inch wheels.  

Bike Test Riding 

Before making this big investment,  test-ride your bike. When taking your test ride,  wear the same type of clothes you plan to wear when riding to ensure it’s a comfortable experience. A good test ride lasts for about 15 to 20 minutes long. Make sure that your knees are only slightly bent while peddling and that your leg comfortably touches the pedal. Moreover, try to shift through all the gears and test the bike around corners. Make sure the steering and brakes are responsive and that the ride feels smooth and steady.
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Buying a bike can be a difficult process especially if you're just a beginner and don't know what you are looking for. The choices can seem truly endless. In order to purchase the ideal bike for you, you need to consider where you will ride, how much you are willing to spend and the purpose you want to purchase the bike for whether it’s sports or racing or commuting. Once you've decided on these factors, you will hopefully be able to pin down the best bike to purchase that suits your wants and needs. Then you can take that baby for a test drive and (literally) ride off into the sunset! 

Susan Harris

By Susan Harris

Susan Harris is the owner of Rooted Mama Health. She is the mother to two amazing children and wife of a loving husband. She strives to provide the world with all the information they need to live a happy and health lifestyle.