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Healthy Living: Buying the right bike
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With gas prices so high, many commuters are eyeing up the bike lanes. But before you head out to buy a new bicycle, there are a few mistakes you want to avoid.
Before buying any bike, know what type of cycling you want to do. If it’s long-distance, you are looking at a road bike, and it must be fit your body.
A more casual rider might consider a touring bike, where the fit is less critical.
A hybrid bike offers versatility on various terrains.
"A hybrid bike will have some features that will allow you to do road, somewhat efficient off-road and somewhat effective but casual riding,” expert Bob Priestly said. “You can explore a bit."
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, check the degree of leg extension.
To increase your comfort on your bike ride, try some comfy gloves, a cushy seat and a helmet fit by an expert.
"The helmet should fit snug on head,” Priestly said.
You may save a few dollars at a department store, but you likely won’t end up with a bike fit specifically to you.
Learn more in the video above.