Biking is an exercise that is not only fun to do, but also an easily environmentally friendly alternative to travel from one place to another. This is one of the reasons why there has been an increasing number of Filipinos who have started getting into riding bikes. However over time, others who have developed their biking skills begin to seek more on the activity, seeing it as more of a sport than just a means for transportation.
If you’re one of those who want to advance in biking and take it as an athlete, there are things you need to remember when upgrading:
- Identify your primary riding style – One of the most important details to keep in mind is your primary riding style. For instance, if you plan to ride mostly on pavements, a road bike is your best bet; for dirt trails, mountain bikes are perfect; for both pavement and dirt trails, a hybrid bike might work best.
- Prioritize the fit – Even a top-shelf bicycle will be sloppy to ride if it doesn’t fit you right, so it is imperative that you focus on finding the right size for you. Consider the reach to the handlebars and its height, saddle position, and seat adjustments. If you’re having difficulty with finding one that fits your perfectly, find a shop with a certified fitter to assist you in selecting a bike by setting you up on multiple ones, swapping parts if necessary to achieve the perfect position.
- Test models – Bike shopping is fairly similar to purchasing a new pair of shoes, a lot of time, effort, and dedication is required to find the right fit. Never purchase the first model you see, and always make sure to test a number of models to see which you’re most comfortable in. Also, don’t forget to check the accessories or gears you buy along with it.
- Dress the part – Lastly, to ensure you make the right choice, put on the same shoes and apparel you plan to use on actual rides. Keep in mind; bicycle fits one way when you are in jeans and another when you’re in proper cycling attire.
Now that you know a thing or two about getting the right fit, we wish you the best of luck in finding the perfect bike!