3 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A BICYCLE

3 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A BICYCLE

3 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A BICYCLE

Choosing a bicycle can be an uphill task for most people getting into cycling, especially parents. Don't worry, I know this feeling can be overwhelming, and that's why I've put up a simple guide that will help you choose the best bike for you or your kid.

There are three underlying factors to consider before choosing a bike.

  1. Bike fit. Make sure the bike fits you correctly.
  2. Your budget and bike performance capabilities
  3. Usability of the bike

1. BIKE FIT.

The correct bike size is paramount to comfortability, confidence, and safety. Unlike adult bicycles, kid's bikes aren't sized based on frame height or length. Instead, their sizes are determined by wheel diameter. Getting your kid a bike that fits well is important. The idea of buying a bigger bike that they can grow into doesn't work. It's good to note that the child's age is not an indicator of the bike size; some kids are either taller or shorter for their age. The best way of knowing the correct bike size is by measuring the kid's inseam length. Inseam is the height from the ground to just below the crouch while in a standing position. The correct saddle height should be 5 to 10 centimeters shorter than their inseam.

For adults, you might need to go beyond measuring your inseam to determine your bike fit. Other factors that you need to consider will include your height, riding experience, and flexibility.

For more accuracy get to talk to a professional or walk into your local bike shop for bike fit advice.

2. BUDGET & PERFORMANCE

Get to know your spending capability. New kid's bicycles will cost an average of between 8,000 to 25,000 Kenya shillings. The more you pay translates to the quality of the bicycle and more advanced components. As kids grow they develop more liking for adventure. When you want to transition your kids into the sport, make sure you get a capable bicycle for a better experience. In this case, be ready to spend more. When purchasing a bike for the kids, it's good to note that a quality bike will easily be passed to a younger generation or fetch a better resale value.

For adults, budget road, hybrid, or mountain bikes will range from 20,000 to 40,000 Kenya shillings in the market.

Specialist bikes come with better performance, improved and upgradable components, and lighter frames and will retail from 50,000 shillings to hundreds of thousands.

E-bikes also come pricey as they are comprised of batteries and electric motors. A good-quality e-bike will retail for at least 100,000 Kenya shillings.

Generally, bikes are becoming more expensive due to a number of market factors. You will probably pay more next year for a similar bike on the shelf today. So you better buy now

3. USABILITY & PERFORMANCE.

Well, after considering the correct bike fit and budget, it's time to choose your bicycle based on where and how you ride. For the kids, be keener on the functionality of the bike. When they are starting out, ask yourself a few questions,

Would you consider a balance bike?

Or a bike with training wheels?

Is the brake handle reachable?

Does the drivetrain have a safety guard? (especially on 12 to 16-inch bikes).

Does the bike have dolly carriers? And finally, is it the right color for your kid. You don’t want to get turn trumps just because you chose the wrong color for your kid’s bike. 

Click Here for a YouTube video we made to help you narrow down to your ultimate bike of choice.