Buying a bicycle can be exciting, expensive, time-consuming and nerve-wracking. To make your buying experience as swift as possible, here are some guidelines that you can consider:
Where do you plan to use the bike? This is important to determine what kind of bicycle you will need. It is crucial to your comfort and convenience.
What is your budget?
You can buy a bicycle for as low as $300 and can go as high as $2000 depending on the type and quality that you’re looking for. Bicycles have different body frames and components which can affect its price– from metal frame to carbon frames and from basic suspension to hydraulic disc brakes. Your budget will determine the overall anatomy of your bicycle. Research is the key to get your money’s worth.
Where do you plan to buy?
There are plenty of ways to shop for your bike. You can go directly to one of the following:
- The Dealer which can give you access to the brand’s full line for better selection and sales.
- Local Shop is also a convenient way to get your bike; they are authorized and offer expert help. They also offer service plans and great discounts.
- Online Sellers are also an option but can be aggressive and can cost more.
Keep in mind that it is also important if you can get a test ride and an after-sales service.
Going for a Test Ride?
When going for a test ride, prepare a checklist for the test ride to make sure it covers all your concerns. There’s no dress code, but wear clothes that makes you comfortable. Bring your ID and credit card even when you don’t plan on buying, the shop will likely ask you to leave it when going for a test ride. Ask the shop staff to set up a bike that is properly fitted for you. If you are unfamiliar with how some parts works, ask for a demonstration. Get comfortable and go for an at least 15-minute test.
Choosing a bike shop is also important as choosing a bike. A good bike shop will not only help you with choosing your bike but will also give you a good after-sales service.