Angie's List Report: Finding the Right Bike

If dad has enough ties in his closet, how about giving him a new set of wheels for Father's Day? There are tons of bicycles to choose from, so finding the right fit can be a little tricky.

Marvin Pribble has at least three bikes that he rides throughout the year.

"It's really easier to get to the grocery store on a bicycle. It's good exercise. You get outside. Less wear and tear on the car. A lot cheaper," says Marvin Pribble.

Whether you're looking for a road bike to ride fast on open roads, a mountain bike for off–road trails, or a hybrid bike to cruise around your neighborhood, it's important to match the bike to your size and intended use.

"Getting fit for a bike is just like getting fit for a pair of shoes. You wouldn't wear high heels to play a sport so you should make sure you have the right bike for your type of riding. For example, if you're going to be riding your bike mostly in the city a mountain bike is not the bike for you," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

Angie's List says a reputable bike shop can help determine the right type of bike for your needs and size you for the perfect fit.

"We are looking at the overall height of the bike to fit your inseam and then the length of the bike to fit your torso so we got to get a bike to fit both," says bike shop owner Scott Irons.

A pro will take into account several measurements including your back angle, knee angle, and handlebar width.

Angie's List recommends factoring in maintenance when choosing a bike. A tune–up starts around $50, but can cost more depending on the type of bike. If you're a casual rider, you only need a tune–up every other year or two.


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