The best bike for you
With bike shops reporting anywhere from a 30 to 600 percent increase in sales this year, compared to last, it’s clear that people are turning to two-wheelers to get around and stay active while socially distancing. But considering many bikes can cost $ 1,000 or more, how do you know what bike is the best for you and that it’s worth the investment?
Well, the first thing to ask yourself: What do you want the bike to accomplish? Answering this question will help you determine whether you need fatter tires to take your bike off-road, one with options for add-ons so you can easily carry your stuff on a bike commute, or if you’re better off with a lower-priced cruiser so you can take a leisurely spin around the neighborhood, Ryan Birkicht, senior communications manager for Pacific Cycle, says. “A bike is a tool and you want to make sure the tool can handle the task you’re intending to use it for,” Birkicht says. Don’t be afraid to talk to a customer service representative, too, as they can help you figure out the best type of bike for your rides.
Setting a budget is also important, along with figuring out your best size. The easiest way to size a bike is knowing your inseam and the height of the top tube on the bike (the tube you’d stand over), Birkicht says. Here’s a how-to from Priority Bicycles on how to measure inseam properly. You’ll find size charts on most bike brand websites, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, but make sure you know your own measurements when you go looking for a pedal partner. “Remember, a good fit makes you more comfortable and comfort equals confidence while riding,” Birkicht says.
When you’ve identified what you want to use the bike for, your budget, and your size, check out these options to fit your style and your comfort. Then, when you’re ready to ride, check out these bike-friendly cities in every state.
Note: Prices listed were accurate as of press time; pricing fluctuations may occur.