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5 Essential things to keep in mind while choosing a commuter bike

As people become fitness conscious, their choice of transportation is changing. A considerable population prefers using a commuter bike for short distance traveling. Apart from keeping your muscles at work, the environment-friendly aspect is a bonus. However, you cannot just go and buy the first bike you lay your eyes on. Here are 5 very important things you should keep in mind before selecting.

Length of your ride

Firstly you have to understand how long your rides are going to be. After every three miles, your goal and requirements from the ideal bike will change. As a resident, you should be aware of the riding conditions in that particular area.

Next, measure how much traveling you will do in a week. If the riding will be less than 3 miles a day, any bike would serve your purpose. After six miles, if you do not pay attention to ride comfort, you will regret your choice. Lastly, 9 miles and above need bikes, which are fast and efficient. KBO bike has options ranging in all categories, and you may choose according to your requirements.

Tire size and width equal grip

As a rider, you would want minimal distractions while traveling. However, buying a bike with thin wheels might increase your speed but not match the kind of weather that exists. Bikes with thin wheels are suitable only in places with warm climates. Again if you are living in a place where rains happen frequently, you ought to look for a bike with a steady grip. If you have a bike with small wheels, they might get stuck in places like tram tracks causing problems.

The suspension is not always important

A bike has a suspension system generally is supposed to give a smoother and enjoyable ride. The purpose of suspension systems is to take the load of bumps and shocks on the road. However, if you buy a low-end bike, the suspension benefit it provides is negligible. If ride comfort is essential, you ought to look for a bike with robust construction. This implies that a bike with a solid fork frame is any day better than one with suspension if the latter is sticky and unpredictable.

Brake systems can be avoided

Most of the bikes you will find have either rim brakes or disc brakes. Rim brakes are cheaper but are dependant on the pressure applied on the inside of the tire. They are lightweight but are prone to slippages in case of rains and wet surfaces. Disc brakes are heavy, and you can rely on them for a longer duration. But, if you are going to bike rather less than a disc brake is an unnecessary expense.

Comfort is crucial

In the end, your comfort is crucial. No point in buying a fancy high-end bike if it does not give you the feeling of absolute comfort. Before you decide to start using the bike efficiently, see whether you can stay on it for that much time before experiencing stiffness in muscles.

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