Angie’s List: Buying a Bicycle
(WGGB) — Looking for new wheels this Father’s Day? There are tons of bicycles to choose from, but finding the right fit can be a little tricky.
Biking weather has arrived, so why not take Dad out for a Father’s Day ride?
Whether he’s looking for a speedy road bike, a mountain bike for off-road trails, or a hybrid bike for cruising around town, it’s important to match Dad up with the right set of wheels for his size and interests.
“Getting fit for a bike is just like getting fit for a pair of shoes. You wouldn’t wear high heels to play a sport, so you should make sure you have the right bike for your type of riding. For example, if you’re going to be riding your bike mostly in the city, a mountain bike is not the bike for you,” explains Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.
Scott Irons, a bicycle shop owner, adds, “We are looking at the overall height of the bike to fit your inseam and then the length of the bike to fit your torso, so we got to get a bike to fit both.”
A pro will take into account several measurements — including Dad’s back angle, knee angle, and handlebar width.
“You typically are going to have your tip toes on the floor and you’re going to have a nice comfortable bend in your back with a little bit of elbow bend. This bike in particular is a little bit short for me. You can see how I’m up and close to myself. I would be a little more stretched out. The leg length is proper – a little tippy toes here that we can get full leg extension while you’re peddling,” Irons says.
It’s also important to consider maintenance costs. A tune-up is going to cost $50 or more depending on the bike, but if you’re a casual rider, you’ll only need a tune-up once every year or two.