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Every avid cyclist should know how to fix his bike; learn the basics in this video series.
You Will Need
- A budget
- Test rides
Know your purpose
Know why you are purchasing the bike to begin with -- to do stunts, explore the woods, or to commute.
Determine your price
Determine the price range you can afford to help narrow your bike search. Bikes range from a couple hundred to a couple thousand dollars.
Learn the features
Research the features and options available and how they meet -- or don’t meet -- your needs. These include the composition of the frame, suspension, brake pads, tires, and gear shifters.
Take a ride
Take a test ride of any models you are considering to see how they handle. Be sure to hit a few bumps, or ask the dealer if you can take the bike off-road.
Check the fit
Check the fit of the bike by straddling the frame and checking the distance between the upper tube and your groin. You should have a gap of 2 inches.
Mix and match
Mix and match components if the store model doesn’t have everything you want. Pay special attention to getting a bike seat that is comfortable and easy to sit on.
Buy the bike when the price, fit, and components all meet your needs, and then ride off into the sunset on your new set of wheels.