How to Buy a Bike

Looking to trade your four wheels in for two? This guide's for you.


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You Will Need

  • A budget
  • Research
  • Measurements
  • Test rides


  1. Step 1

    Decide on a budget

    Decide how much you are willing to spend for your new bike. This will narrow down the hundreds of possible choices to a more manageable list.

  2. The most expensive bikes tend to be lighter and are made to last for years under the most brutal conditions.

  3. Step 2

    Determine riding habits

    Narrow down your list by determining where you will do most of your riding – city streets, mountain trails, or a combination of the two.

  4. Step 3


    Research the best place to buy your new bike by looking for shops that have the best deals and carry the models you are looking for.

  5. Bike shops are more expensive than big box stores, but bike shops will adjust and tune up your new bicycle for years after your purchase.

  6. Step 4

    Get measured

    Get measured by a professional salesperson to ensure you find the best fit and most comfortable bike for your particular anatomy.

  7. Step 5

    Test it out

    Test several bicycle before making your decision and have the salesperson adjust your bike to make your ride safer and more enjoyable.

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