The Most Important Thing To Look For When Shopping For A Bike

When shopping for a new bike, you might consider brand name, bike style and price, then perhaps do some online comparison shopping. If there's one thing that will really get you the most value from your bike purchase, though, it's custom fitting.Photo by Wonderlane

The Chicago Tribune reports that asking where you should buy a bike rather than what bike to buy will contribute more to your purchase satisfaction. A good bike shop will help you get the proper fit — increasing the odds of you riding the bike more and getting more value out of it. Services like after-purchase adjustments and a six-month tune-up will help maintain that fit. According to Tim Blumenthal, president of People for Bikes:

"The difference in a bike feeling pretty good and really good can be just a couple turns of a screw"

Usually this personal advice and attention will be found at an independent bike shop, rather than a mass merchant. You may end up paying more for a bike at a small shop, but it could be worth every dime if it means you get a more expertly assembled bike that fits you best. Remember too that bikes sold in Australia must meet relevant safety standards.

For more tips on buying a bike, including how much to spend, check out the article linked below. Or share with us your own tips for choosing a bike.

Buying a bike? Exercise Savvy [Chicago Tribune]


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    great article. I would also add that the best place to get your bike serviced is somewhere that only services bikes and does'nt sell them

    The big one I can offer: make sure it has half-decent brakes and gearing. I went for the cheap end of components with my last bike, and regretted it ever since.

    I purchased a bike from Kmart, and it literally fell apart while riding (the pedal keeps unscrewing). I took it back a few weeks later to get it repaired, and they said it was malicious damage and would cost half the amount of the bike to re-attach a peddle.

    With a heated discussion over the phone with the store manager, I got my money back

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