With the surge of the pandemic, we saw a lot of people looking to get new bicycles. This also led to the shortage of bicycles and bicycle parts on a huge scale. Despite the huge movement restrictions and shortage of parts, people still wanted to buy bicycles and ride. Those who managed to buy a new one might have felt lucky, however, there were plenty who made mistakes while buying a bicycle.
Here are a few things to avoid when it comes to buying a bicycle:-
Buying the wrong frame size:
Despite so much knowledge freely available on the internet, there are plenty of people who have ordered the wrong bicycle frame size. Riding the wrong bicycle frame size could cause aches and pains in your back, knee and neck. And if you fail to resale these small aches and pains can become major injuries that can get you off the bike for good.
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As a result, you don’t enjoy the sport and the bicycle is lying eating dust.
Besides, there are also instances, when the shopkeeper has sold a larger frame size just to make a profit.
Do you remember when you were a kid, you went to buy a bicycle with your parents? And your parents and the shopkeeper mutually decided to buy a bicycle one size bigger for you. You will grow up, right? Then let’s buy one size bigger!
Refer to the chart below it should help you get a good idea of the frame size that is ideal for you. You can even consider borrowing or renting a bicycle with similar frame size and ride it for a couple of days.
Don’t forget to test ride:
With the fad of bicycles people usually prefer staying indoors and buying a bicycle online. However, the best way to go about it is to walk into a bicycle store and test ride. Not only test ride around the shop but go around a bit to get a feel of the bicycle. How a bicycle feels or rolls is what’s important before buying one.
Ask the shopkeepers if they have a bicycle for a test ride that can be taken around for a spin.
Here are our A- Z cycling tips for beginners.
Don’t buy a bicycle that doesn’t fit your requirements:
If your goal is to ride a bicycle to commute, don’t buy a road bike and then complain about it. Also, don’t buy a bicycle if you need to make a lot of modifications to fit your riding style. Adding a space here and there is okay, however, swapping components can get expensive.
Don’t just visit one shop:-
Certain bicycle stores, sell certain bicycle brands. It’s okay to be a trek fan and always want to ride a trek bicycle. But that shouldn’t stop you from trying other brands like Velocrush bicycles. You’ll either reaffirm your love for trek or find a bicycle that fits you even better. Either way, it’s a win for you, isn’t it?
Don’t buy because you have to buy one:
Oftentimes, we land up not liking a bicycle because it doesn’t fit right or the way it rides or feels. We just purchase because you want one or there is a very good deal on it. However, don’t forget that buying a bicycle is a one-time investment. This means you will be riding it for years and spending a lot of hours. The bicycle needs to feel comfortable at all times, so make sure you buy the right one.
Consider a budget for accessories too:
Cycling doesn’t stop at just after buying a bicycle from a store. You also need to invest separately in bicycle accessories. The right accessories not only improve comfort but also make life easy and enhance the rider experience. At the least, try to buy a good helmet, bottle cage and pump to get yourself started. Cycling bib shorts, puncture kit, spare tube and others can be purchased later.
Maintain relation with the shop:
Buying a bicycle is the start of a new chapter. For you to enjoy riding your bicycle, the bicycle will need regular checkups and of course timely service. Having a good relationship with a bicycle shop will take you a long way. Many shopkeepers do offer 1 free service. Besides, you also get the free advice and tips that are thrown at you.
Last but not the least, bicycle shops also happen to conduct workshops and give advice on cleaning and maintaining your bicycle. Make it a point to learn from them. Find out the days when your shop mechanics could be least busy so you can drop by and get your hands dirty. We at Velocrush conduct bicycle workshops for beginners at our workshop. Get in touch on +91 8928041081.
Don’t Rule Out a Custom Bike:
If you are looking to get certain features in a bicycle, it is very likely a company-made standard model might lack those features. In such cases, you might want to consider getting yourself a custom-made bicycle. A custom bicycle will be built as per your measurements. Besides, you also get components choices, paint jobs and more.
We at Velocrush build custom bicycles made from Stainless steel 304. These bicycles do not rust and can be custom painted and installed with the components you desire. So do drop us a WhatsApp on 8928041081 in case you are interested in getting a custom bicycle made.