Riding a bicycle offers several health benefits. Here are just a few:

  • increased cardiovascular fitness
  • increased strength, endurance and stamina
  • increased calories burned – good way to shed some unwanted weight!
  • increased balance and flexibility

If you are new to bicycling and are looking to purchase one, here are four points to consider:

1. Types of Bikes

Bicycles are divided into a seemingly endless number of categories and sub-categories. There are road bicycles, custom bicycles, hybrid bicycles, mountain bicycles, commuting bicycles, just to name a few. To figure out what type of bicycle is right for you, your first consideration is to know where you’ll be riding: on pavement, dirt trails or both. Some bicycles are made specifically for a particular kind of riding surface, while others are versatile enough that, perhaps with a quick tire change, they can be ridden in more than one category.

2. What’s your budget?

Bicycles vary widely in quality, size, shape and type, so having a budget will help narrow your search.

3. Decide what features matter most to you

Depending on your needs, you might want a bike with many speeds or gears, or a bike with no crossbar. Gears allow you to control how easy or difficult it is to pedal depending on the terrain. Bikes with no crossbars are sometimes easier to mount, but the crossbar increases the strength of the frame. Are you looking for a men’s bike or a women’s bike? There are specific differences between the two.

4. Where should you buy your bicycle?

After making up your mind about what kind of bicycle to get, you should now start thinking about whether you want to buy your bicycle from a physical bicycle shop, or if you want to order it online.

No other bike shops go the extra mile to let you try their bikes for a full 365 days to see how comfortable their hybrid and beach bikes truly are than SixThreeZero. Take one of their best city bikes and give it a test ride. If it’s not what you’re expecting, just let SixThreeZero know. Shop stress-free, knowing that they will take the bike back within the return period with free shipping!