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Bikes are everywhere and you can find older affordable ones at garage sales, but is it a good idea to buy one?
"Depending on what you want to get out that bike, a lot of older bikes is worth while putting money into usually the bigger question would cause somebody not to fix up an old bike is whether or not that bike is appropriate for what they want to do," Bike Expert Bob Priestley
Before buying any bike, know what type of cycling you are want to do. If it's long distance, you are looking at a road bike and it must be the right to your body. The fit is not as critical for a more causal rider on a touring bike. A hybrid bike offers versatility on various terrains.
"Hybrid bike will have some features that will allow you to do road somewhat efficient off road and somewhat effective, but causal riding and you can explore a bit," Priestley said.
A mountain bike is for the off-road adventurer touring or hybrid can be the most comfortable and your body position does matter for example the degree of leg extension.
When riding, keep your elbows bent.
"If you are riding with your elbows completely locked out, every time you hit a bump, all those forces, all those vibrations are going to be transmitted up through your arm into your shoulder," Priestly said.
Increase comfort on your bike ride with comfy gloves, a cushy seat and a helmet fit by an expert.
"The helmet should fit snug on your head. You should be consistent around your head," Priestly said.
If you choose to buy your bike at a department store, you may save money, but you won't have the luxury of getting professionally fit to the bike.