How to choose your bike
To cut a long story short, just think sensibly about where you want to go on your bike:
Short journeys e.g. to the shop
Unless you live in a valley similarly shaped to the Grand Canyon and your local trips all involve getting to the
top of those slopes, you should be fine with a single speed bike (no gears). You might feel the burn a bit on a
hill but if you're going short distance it will be good for you and totally bearable.
Medium distance e.g. commute to work
Depending on the inclines involved in the route, consider a single speed, 3 speed or 7 speed bike. If your journey
is pretty flat a single or 3 speed will be great. If it's a bit more hilly opt for a 7 speed.
Be aware that you don't feel the hills when you're in a car, so look extra carefully at the route - it may have
more ups and downs than you've previously noticed. If you go for a single speed and then find the ride hard you
might be put off using your beautiful bicycle.
The weight of the bike isn't too imprtant for 20-30 minute rides, as most new bikes are built of lightweight
materials. Be wary of second hand or older bikes though - some cruisers back in the 80's were monsters.
Casual rides e.g. weekend adventures
Since you'll not be sure of the inclines when you explore a new place, we recommend at least 3 gears. You will get up
and over most of those tough slopes you're bound to bump in to.
Look at the weight of the bikes you're considering. You'll notice some of the less expensive ones have a few kilos
on the others, and decide if it's worth paying the extra or if you're keen to work a bit harder out on the road.
Always do some research before you set off too as if you hit a really bumpy muddy dirt track in your cruiser your ride
won't be so cruisy.
Talk to your local bike shop. They will be able to give expert advice in racing bikes. Ruthy's Rides are more for
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