Basics

Seat Bag Contents:

  • extra tube in size of tires you have on bicycle
  • tire levers to remove tire in case of flat
  • patch kit if you have (2) double flat or 2 tubes
  • CO2 inflation or frame pump
  • folding tool for emergency use
  • small crescent wrench if you have wheels with nuts and not quick release
  • small amount of money and identification

Sizing bicycles:

Most sizing systems are based on the pro athletes use of a bicycle. Still there are several that will get you close to a correct fit, but none take into account the individual fit necessary for most people.

A major factor is how you are going to use the bike. There are many different bike styles and uses today. A casual rider will want a more upright view of the ride. Flexibility and age or past injuries can be huge factors in the fit of a bike to a person.

Decide where, distances, and surfaces you are going to ride a bike on and then go to a knowledgeable bicycle shop and get fitted to a bike and the type of riding you are going to do. It is more enjoyable and fun with a proper fit, but fit is NOT a number game that most places try to make it. It would definitely be easier if it were a numbers game.

The internet won’t fix your bike. Support your local bike shop.

1 Response to Basics

  1. Billy Mitchell says:

    I recently started riding to help supplement some fitness needs. I was an avid runner. Doc said knees cant handle it anymore and to try less impact like riding. I started off the walmart cheap rt. The bike didnt make it 2 months before things started breaking and i took it back to them. I am thinking i need more of a quality bike. I may have to save tho. I need to know what an approx amount to save to is for a good quality mt bike. $300? $400? I have no clue. I enjoyed riding and plan to continue to. I dont plan races but i like to do some on rd off rd.

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