Here’s our top tips on what to consider before purchasing a new bike, avoiding some common mistakes and how we can help you create the perfect fit...
Here’s our top tips on what to consider before purchasing a new bike, avoiding some common mistakes and how we can help you create the perfect fit.
While it can be tempting to purchase a downhill mountain bike with full suspension, always make sure you buy a bike that’s suited to the majority of riding you’ll do. You’ll never find a bike that can do everything so make sure you purchase something that has 80% of your needs covered.
One thing often overlooked is the quality of the contact points (saddle, pedals, shoes and bars).
There’s only three parts of your body touching a bike, so make sure they are comfortable and adjusted correctly for you.
While it can be tempting to spend the maximum amount on the new bike alone, we suggest leaving around $300-$400 in the budget to purchase any upgrades you might need, such as a bike fit, shoes, cleats, saddle or a different sized stem. All of these basic things can have a dramatic impact on the overall comfort of the ride.
An ill-fitting saddle will dramatically influence the feel of the ride and can lead to lower back pain and saddle sores if it’s not dealt with quickly. Make sure you invest in a good saddle that fits your body, don’t just use the one that came with the bike assuming it’s ideal for you.
Remember, a cheaper bike that fits well and is comfortable will be enjoyed and ridden more than an expensive bike that’s awkward and uncomfortable to ride.
Understanding how a bike’s geometry can influence your riding style and overall enjoyment is super important. A few centimetres difference in the length of a top tube, can turn a bike from a crit racer machine, to a relaxed hybrid commuter.
It’s also important to note that different brands have different geometry. You might be a 56 frame size in a Trek, but could drop down to a 54 in Colnago. Any reputable brand has geometry charts on their website, or you can always ask your local bike shop.
Before rushing out and putting down a deposit, learn your key measurements including height, inseam and reach to ensure that you’re not getting a frame too large or too small and that you’re not having to reach too far forward. A bike shop (or Forward Chiropractic) can help suggest a frame size to suit your height.
Find a bike that suits your body
Bikes, like bodies, come in all shapes and sizes, so finding the best bike for you is important.
The bike suitability of the bike depends a lot on your body composition such as your height, leg-to-torso ratio, flexibility, previous/current injuries etc.
A common mistake people make is buying an aerodynamic road bike when they have a pre-existing low-back issue or poor flexibility. Due to the “more aggressive” riding position on an aero road bike the rider will be sitting in a position that can cause significant stress on the lower back, resulting in more pain and discomfort. In this example, a bike with a more relaxed geometry, eg. an endurance or a “standard” road bike, might suit the rider better.
If you’re finding it a bit overwhelming and in the market for a new bike, we can help. Our “Pre-purchase” bike fits aims to eliminate the confusion, answer your questions and match you with the best bike to suit your budget and body type, making sure you have a comfortable ride every time.
Book a consultation today and see how we can help you make the best choice for your next bike.