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Test Riding A Bicycle

  • Ninety One
    Team 91
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Four critical parameters that you should consider while doing a bicycle test ride

It's a great idea to test ride your intended purchase of a bicycle. Buying a cycle is unlike buying a car where size is not a consideration but rather its make, model, and features. With a bicycle, you have to ensure that it is your right fit. An incorrectly chosen size will not only be dangerous to ride on but, if it's not ergonomically right for you, expect soreness and aches to be an unwelcome effect to riding.

We recommend you consider these 4 points when you test-ride a bicycle.

1) Perfect Size

Most manufacturers publish the bicycle's size which is its wheel diameter. You may also have the frame size mentioned. There could also be a recommendation of the suitable height range of the rider. While these values are indicative, the best way to determine your perfect fit is by straddling the bicycle with both your feet flat on the ground. Your perfect size should be the one that gives you a clearance of approximately 1-2 inches between the groin area and the top tube of the bicycle.

Additionally, you should check that at least one foots' toes can reach the ground without losing control of the bicycle when seated. This is for your safety while riding the roads and you may need to comfortably and easily stop without toppling over amidst vehicular traffic.

2) Comfortable Body Posture

There is no one right posture while cycling. It's an individual preference, and the riding terrain may be a factor. A 45-degree angled forward position is comfortable for mountain biking. A road bicyclist would find a slightly hunched-over position perfect. Whereas a leisure cyclist may choose to ride with his back in an upright position. The bicycle type, positions, and height of the saddle and the handlebar which can often be adjusted are determinants of your cycling body posture. Choose according to your personal preference and comfort.

3) Appropriate Arm Position

When in motion, while gripping the handlebars your arms should not be overstretched and uncomfortable but slightly bent. Additionally, your elbow should be away from the body as being too close restricts handling the bicycle while turning.

4) Pedaling Comfort

The power of a cycle lies in the pedaling of its rider. Your legs need to be able to pedal comfortably. Ensure your knees do not touch any part of the cycle while riding.

Take your time when you go for a test ride. Spend at least ten to fifteen minutes riding each bicycle to get a better feel of its fit and ergonomics. Consider all these tips and you will have a perfect ride every time.

Visit one of NINETY one's 800+ stores across India and take a test drive. Have you taken a bicycle test ride lately? If so, share with us your thoughts and tips if any. Write to us at bikes@outdoors91.com

Comments

Thanks for putting this together and sharing this information. I will be using your tips to buy the perfect bicycle.

Louis Gonsalves

Informative writing and valuable insight

Manish k

Good information shared

Pratik

Good to know information

Aniket

Usefull tips

Samar

Great information that all those wishing to buy a bicycle must read

Keyur

Good idea to follow these tips

Jigar

Nice Information

Rushi

I agree with all that you have written - good approach

Vinay

Everyone could certainly make use of these tips.

Neha
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