If you decided to make the most of your free time by indulging your body and spirit in a healthy and fulfilling activity such as cycling, you must be mesmerised by the huge choice of bikes and additional biking gear available on the market. So many different styles and designs, it's a real challenge to take the right pick. However, if your choice is based on your needs and your biking preferences, you can't go far wrong.
Step one (type)
Decide what type of cycling are you interested in. As every bike is designed for a specific type of biking, the first thing you should do is to decide what kind of riding you want to be doing. Are you going to ride by yourself or join a cycling group? Maybe you need a bike to take you to work, or want to tackle the local mountain trails? Or perhaps you need a bike to ride along with your children? As soon as you make this decision, you'll be a step closer to choosing your perfect bike.
Step two (invest)
Decide on the amount of money you're willing to invest in your new bike and the appropriate cycling gear. Usually, the bikes specialised in mountain and road biking are a bit more pricey than the others. However, they're a good investment in the long run, as you'll probably get what you paid for. But if you're on a budget, worry not, as there are many retailers that offer a fair-quality bikes for sale.
Step three (size)
Find the right size that suits your needs. The correct bike size is an imperative to comfortable and confident riding, while an incorrectly-sized bike can be very unsafe and uncomfortable. Choosing the size of your ride is an uneasy task, especially if you're inexperienced, as the market usually offers more than three different sizes of every type of bike. Before settling on a bike size, consider your height, your inseam length and your riding experience and flexibility. And once you find the right size of cycle among all those bikes for sale, ensure that its saddle and handlebar height are correctly fitted and adjusted to your needs.
Step four (gear)
Don't forget to budget for the additional accessories you may need. To enjoy your riding experience to the fullest, you may need some additional biking equipment. Here in Australia, a helmet is required by law, but a few other biking accessories such as gloves, bike shorts or arm warmers can really enhance your biking experience. As most of the time bikes are sold without any accessories, it's up to you to decide whether you want to add a thing or two to your ride. The most commonly purchased cycling additions are the water bottle holders, bike lights and locks. So take your pick and start making memories with your new best friend – your perfect bike.