Buying a Used Bike
The Bike House
1. Decide what kind of bike you want:
Bikes come in many flavors, decide what kind of bike you want before you start looking.
A road bike is the most efficient type of bike. A road bike often has gears (thoughsingle speeds and fixed gears are currently also in style), drop handlebars (which look like ramshorns) and a straight top tube. You ride a road bike in an ‘aggressive’ position, with your backalmost parallel to the road which can be uncomfortable for some people, however this is moreaerodynamic, so if speed is your goal, this is for you!
Mixte/ step-through frame
: these are very quick to mount, as you don’t have to step over the toptube and are great for people with restricted agility. They can be a little heavier, but can be safer as they are easier to step off.
Single speed/Fixed Gear
: Means you only have one gear, which can make it hard to get uphill, get started from a stop, or to get to higher speed when going down hill. However, you don’tneed either a front or rear derailleur, which can save on maintenance costs. Unlike SingleSpeeds, Fixed Gear bicycles cannot coast which means you are always pedaling. You shouldavoid purchasing a fixed gear bicycle without riding one first.
: Designed for off-road cycling, these have much larger tires (which increaserolling resistance on the road, decreasing your efficiency). Mountain bikes often have a lessaggressive and more upright riding position, and are very comfortable on bumpy roads.Suspension can add some comfort, but at the price of added weight.
City bike / Hybrid:
These are designed for practical transportation over speed or weight issues.These bikes generally feature an upright riding position and tires skinnier than a mountain bike.
Bikes are made of many different materials, each of which have pros and cons.Steel: What most older bikes (60-90’s) are made of. Steel can be a little heavier, however ismore flexible and gives a more comfortable ride.Aluminium: What most newer bikes (90’s-) are made of. They often have larger tubes and aresometimes lighter than their steel counterparts.