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How to Buy a Bike

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


  • 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.
  • TIP: The most expensive bikes tend to be lighter and are made to last for years under the most brutal conditions.
  • 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.
  • Step 3: Research 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • FACT: As of 2009, 1926 Tour de France was the longest tour ever, at about 3,570 miles.

You Will Need

  • A budget
  • Research
  • Measurements
  • Test rides

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