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How To Choose a Bike

Watch more Bike Repair & Equipment videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to choose a bike using these tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Define your purpose Define whether your purpose in biking is for fitness, commuting, or recreation. Step 2: Define your landscape Define where you want to ride -- city streets, paved or gravel roads, trails, or a combination of surfaces. Step 3: Match goals to your bike type Match your goals to a bike type. Mountain bikes are for rough roads and trails, touring bikes for the open road, cruisers for city streets, and hybrids go anywhere. Tip Check out a tandem bike -- a bicycle built for two -- to ride with a companion. Step 4: Measure for frame size Using a measuring tape, measure your inseam to your shoe soles. Bike frames are sized to this measurement. Tip Mountain bike frames are sized in inches and road bikes are sized in centimeters. Step 5: Conduct a test drive Ask your dealer to allow you to test drive the models you like. Make sure your selection is comfortable and that you can operate it correctly. Step 6: Break it in Break in your bike by riding a few miles to ensure all the equipment is operating properly. Wheel your way to health, happiness, and freedom. Did You Know? 2,500 journalists, photographers, cameramen and consultants cover the Tour de France.
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