28 February 2012

Biking

Posted by Jody under: Fitness .

Deciding to get into biking is the easy part. Deciding on the bike is harder. Should you choose a racing, mountain, or touring bike? HealthOnline writer Lindsay Townsend thumbnails the differences.

“Racers are lightweight, with low-slung handlebars and many gear settings. Mountain bicycles have sturdier frames, more upright handlebars and wider tires with heavy tread. Touring bicycles are somewhere in between,” says Townsend.

The best, most informed way to shop for the right bike is the same way you should shop for any sports equipment: check with pros in the know. Plan to visit a bike shop – one that’s staffed by savvy bikers and not just salespeople – and plan to spend some time there. Ask questions and test-drive.

You can also plan to part with a chunk of change – anywhere from the $250 range for a decent touring bike to $500 and up for a mountain bike. Plus the requisite necessities of helmet, bike tool-and-patch kit, and repair kit.

If that seems like a too-huge pile of dough, think of it this way: It’s no more than any other quality equipment. And whenever you get there via bike, you’re saving car expenses. Besides that, commuting by pedal power is sure to earn the awe and respect of your family and friends, and set a good example for the young ones. And some things, as the commercial goes, are priceless.

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