With bike shares and bike lanes cropping up in cities across the world, plus a global desire to find eco-friendly alternative modes of transportation, many of us who haven’t biked in ages are wanting to get back in the saddle seat. Though it may feel intimidating at first, armed with the right information, purchasing and putting together your new bicycle will be easier than you think. Just remember to also invest in a helmet with MIPS (multi-directional impact protection system). Safety first!
Wide Gear Range
This brand you probably owned as a kid is an ace adult pick too! The lightweight, sleek design comes in light blue or black, plus two slightly different iterations. When choosing, beginners should opt for whatever model has the fewest complicated features (i.e. none of the fancy stuff cycling pros want). Schwinn
Cycling newbies who don’t plan to scale any major hills should choose a model with fewer gears (e.g. 14 instead of 16). Also consider whether you care about where the gear shifters are: some bikes integrate them into the hand brakes; others don’t, which means having to move your mitts to another part of the handlebars to shift gears.
Ideal for Ages 13+
Japanese manufacturer Shimano is the standard bearer for cycle parts. This model features Shimano’s twist shifters (which allow you to change gears without moving your hands off the brakes) along with its rear derailleur (which is the mechanism that does the gear-shifting). Schwinn
Determining the right bike-frame size for you is crucial, and depends not only on your height but also your inseam. Have someone measure you, and consult an online conversion guide before purchasing.
Precision Stopping Power
Riders 5 feet and up fit this model just fine, and slight-rise handlebars minimize back and shoulder pain when you’re riding upright. Plus, you’ll be able to assemble it using an easy video tutorial. Huffy
Some bikes come in steel and aluminum varieties, so here’s what to know: steel is typically more comfortable, shock-absorbing and classic looking. Aluminum is more lightweight, modern looking and resistant to rust, but it tends to give a rougher ride.