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  • Choosing the Best Bicycle and Bicycle Accessories for Your Skill Level

    Most first-time bikers are guilty of choosing the best bicycle they can afford without knowing if it’s the right size and model for them. Not only will a beginner waste the potential of a good bike if not used properly, but it can also make learning difficult for some who would do better in a bicycle that’s right for their skill and experience.

    If you seriously want to pursue biking, you need to know how to properly choose a bike that’s right for you the next time you visit the bicycle shop in Singapore.

    Easy or Casual
    Casual or beginner riders who use their bicycles daily, travel a total average of 18 miles per day. When you’re just trying to learn the basics, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on the best bicycle you can find at the bicycle shop in Singapore. It would be more practical to purchase a style that is most suited to your needs. If you’re not planning to train in off-road terrain, your can purchase a beginner road bike ideal for paved roads in the city. You could also opt for a hybrid bicycle that you can use for both paved roads and rough terrain. For children, the bicycle size and the number of bicycle accessories will depend on the child’s height and skill level. Parents must make sure to let the child try the bicycle first before purchasing, and to consider switching to a different style once the child outgrows the frame or has improved his/her cycling skills.

    Athletic Beginner
    Beginner riders who want to challenge themselves in more difficult terrain or travel long distances, usually cover an average of 35 miles daily. Most bikers at this level purchase a mountain bike, road bike, or a hybrid bike depending on the terrain and the distance covered. Serious bikers should consider looking at mid-range bicycles at the bicycle shop in Singapore that use aluminum frames for durability and ease of use. Not only are there differences in the wheels of mountain bike and a road bike, but the handlebar shapes also vary. Hybrid bicycles use either the drop bar or the flat bar, but some high-end bikes use the mustache bar. Most mountain bikes on the other hand, use the riser bar or the flat bar for better control and less strain on the arms.

    Intermediate
    Intermediate riders train for an average of 40 miles daily over different terrain. If you want a bicycle more suited to your needs, you should consider spending more money on high-end bicycles that are made from the best and lightest materials such as titanium and carbon. The designs are usually built for lighter and faster travel ideal for competitions. You should also pay attention to the bicycle accessories and features that will ensure a smooth and safe travel, such as; the type of brakes (these can be rim, disc, coaster, and drum brakes); carrying capacity; saddle height; safety features or mechanism; size of the wheels; types of suspension; bicycle gears; and the drive train. Don’t forget to wear or install the following bicycle accessories for safety: lined helmet, knee and elbow pads, eyeglasses, high-visibility clothing, front headlight, water bottle, handlebar mirrors, rear flashers, reflectors, and bells.

    Advanced
    For riders who are planning to compete in the future, an average of 45 miles daily should be enough to cover daily training. You should keep in mind the same important factors listed under the intermediate skills rider, but you must be extra mindful of the safety, durability, and quality of your bicycle and bicycle accessories because you will be investing a lot of time and money in it. As an advanced rider, it’s important to bring your own bike tools in case of an emergency. Typically, a professional cyclist will bring the following items in a repair kit: chain checker, Torx keys, pump, chain tool, combination wrenches, tire levers, cable cutter, compact scissors, hex keys, vise-whip, cassette lockring tool, screwdrivers, spoke wrenches, and sharpened spoke. These can be found at any bicycle shop in Singapore.