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Your bike must fit properly to be safe and comfortable. In the case of road bikes, most people will agree that you should be able to stand over the middle of the toptube on a man's style frame, with your feet about twelve inches apart, and be able to lift the front wheel one or two inches. For bikes that will be used for off-road riding, you should be able to lift the front wheel 4 or 5 inches. The reasoning is not that you may hurt yourself by hitting the toptube in an accident, but that while you are trying to prevent an accident, you may have to put a foot down here and there. You should not have to be concerned about hitting the toptube, so you can focus on the problem at hand. Getting a bike that's too small means the handlebar may be too low relative to the seat for good comfort and control.

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How do I choose the best road bikes?

First you have to decide about which kind bike you want. There are many road bikes filled with amazing features. You should look for how much comfortable is the bike you have choosen. It include length, weight, handle, brakes, seat comfort, etc.
Go through Best Beginner Road Bike Review Guide to get more help for what is the best for you.

Nov 18, 2016 | Road Motorcycles

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Is it true that number of ways exist in order to choose the right bike size?

There is no "one true way" to decide proper bike fit. Actually there are hundreds of methods, tables, charts, computer programs, and cycling gurus, each of which claims to have the best way to determine what bike size and setup best fits you. Part of this confusion is because most ideas about proper bike fit come from experience or tradition, not scientific study. What scientific study there is on the topic, usually looks at what makes a rider fast and efficient, not necessarily comfortable. Most of the tradition and most of the scientific study comes from the bike racing community, not average recreational riders. And that's the underlying problem: riding a bike is a compromise, just like everything else in life. What makes you more comfortable on the bike mostly makes you slower. What makes you faster on the bike usually makes you less comfortable. So "proper bike fit" depends partly on your choice on that question. Do you want to go faster, or do you want to be more comfortable?

Many experienced bike riders might read those last few sentences and scoff. All their cycling heroes ride with backs perfectly flat, arms stretched out, handlebars much lower than their saddles, on very small frames. Surely this can't be uncomfortable, they ride almost every day of the year, usually several hours at a time?

It's true, these professional racers are reasonably comfortable riding in that position. But they are professional athletes, paid to be fast and get results, not to be comfortable. Their bodies have adapted to this position because they do ride several hours a day, every day, year-round. Their upper bodies don't suffer as much because their legs are pushing hard all the time, which takes weight off their arms even when quite bent over. Their body type is suited to it-very little body fat. And to put it simply, they put up with some discomfort to go faster. It is fine to look up to bike racers, but their bike fit and riding position is an unfortunate model for the rest of us to try to copy.

Dec 21, 2010 | Cycling

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Can you please provide me a list of all major bike types?

I have listed the most famous bike types: BMX Bicycle

Bicycle Moto Cross (BMX) bicycles are designed for rough off road riding and are typically single speed. People also use them for stunt riding, and you may see some fitted with stunt pegs.

Mountain Bike (MTB)

A mountain bike is designed for trail riding and downhill riding. It can also be ridden on the road. They come in many shapes and forms. Some have no suspension, whilst others have front and rear suspension. A mountain bike without rear suspension is usually called a hard tail bike.

Most MTBs use 26 inch wheels which is the standard. This size wheel is fairly strong, especially when coupled with the large off road tyres that are fitted to MTBs.

An MTB is suited for off road riding and will handle rough terrain quite easy. It is very stable on rough terrain, but is a lot slower to ride on the road when compared to a road bike. It is also suitably geared for climbing hills.

Hybrid Bicycle

Another style of bike that has a similar riding position to a mountain bike, but better road speed is a Hybrid bicycle. Hybrids are a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike. They have an upright comfortable position, road tyres, and are usually a lot lighter than a mountain bike.

Hybrid bicycles are typically used for commuting.

Touring Bicycle

A touring bicycle is designed for loaded cycle touring and has the capability to be fitted with mudguards, racks, panniers and extra water cages. They are typically fitted with wider road type tyres that are suitable for gravel riding also.

They usually come with a stronger frame and longer chainstays so that the back of your feet don't hit the rear panniers. They are usually fitted with a relaxed drop bar style handlebar. The geometry of the frame is also different and allows for much more easier steering and handling when loaded.

Expedition Bicycle

As above for touring, but usually fitted with Trekking bars and MTB gear and is designed for extreme off road conditions.

Randonneur or 'All Rounder'

A rare beast in Australia where we like to specialise. 'Randonneur' is a French term, coined to describe a bike that can do a bit of everything - you can ride with the pack or take a doddle with the kids, you can ride light or carry a load, you'd use it to visit Gran on Sunday then pick up some groceries on the way home. They are the 'family station wagon' of cycling. However, like any Jack of All Trades, they do everything well but the specialists do it better. They can carry a load but not like a heavy tourer. They are fast but heavier than a racer and with more comfortable geometry. They have wider wheels and tyres to ride on rough roads but wont handle true off road work.

Typically, they look like any other racing or flat bar road bike ... until you look at the details. Most randonneurs start life as a touring bike or hybrid, and are then modified by the owner over time to reflect how they are used.

Dec 21, 2010 | Cycling

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Bicycle recommendations?After many many years of not owning a bike, I've decided I want to get one, not only to keep in shape, riding around town, and on trails (gravel, not hard-core off-roading), but also to get groceries, run errands, etc., with panniers. I'm trying to figure out what the best bike would be for me, as my husband has said he'll get me one for my birthday. Any recommendations? I've been looking at what is categorized as a comfort bike or commuter bike - I prefer the upright seating position to the lower road-bike position, I like a women's style bike with a low U, and I plan to get a nice cushy saddle and seat post suspension. I've been looking at the Giant Sedona range, but haven't gotten in for a test ride yet. Any other suggestions?

I have the Cannondale T2000, best bike I have ever owned.

http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/06/CUSA/model -6TR2.html

If you have an REI store near you, they have a great bicycle shop, and carry the brand Novara, here is a little article about Novara:

http://www.rei.com/rei/gearshop/novara/story. html?cm_re=NovaraHP*Top*Novara_Story

If the Cannondale is a little out of your price range, my second recommendation is the Novara Safari, which has a really nice handle bar configuration.

http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDispla y?storeId=8000&catalogId=40000008000& productId=47968753&parent_category_rn=450 0921

Both of the above recommended bicycles are considered touring bikes or hybrids. They are very comfortable and easy to use.

Whatever you decide on, make sure you get something with trigger shifting, it really makes a difference for ease of operation and unlike twist shifting, which you accidently knock your bike out of gear when you hit a small bump.

Also, make sure you get fitted for a bike at a bike shop. It makes a world of difference to have your bike properly fitted for your frame. A good bike shop will offer to fit you, then suggest you come back in a couple of weeks for adjustments and to tighten the brake cables.

This is really important, make sure you have a proper fitting helmet. My helmet saved my life. I can not tell you how important it is to have a helmet that fits properly and that each time you get on your bicycle you check the straps and make sure that your helmet is secure.

Dec 21, 2010 | Cycling

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