You’ve heard it before: He who hesitates is lost.
Don’t spend months wondering which bike is best for you, just pick up a low cost starter bike and jump on. You will be pleasantly surprised at the quality of components you’ll find in and around the five hundred dollar mark. You don’t have to ride the latest, lightest carbon fiber bike to benefit from riding. Worse, if you do purchase a high end bike before you’ve been riding for a while, you might not do it with the full understanding of what type of bike suits you best. Worse, you will worry about leaving it locked up outside while you get on with your day. Be practical. Spend a little bit extra on fenders, lights and racks so that you can easily do what you need to do in complete comfort, but don’t go overboard. If you go out today and pick up a simple, relatively inexpensive bike, you can start pedaling your way around town, going to work and social events, running errands and doing all of the things you need to do just like that. Freedom. While you’re at it, you’ll quickly learn bike handling skills, and you’ll see a dramatic improvement in your fitness levels, too. Better yet, the more you ride, the less you’ll drive, so that as time goes on, you’ll have more money in your pocket to spend on the things you love most in life.
And the odds are that you’ll find you love your bike. It doesn’t take long to discover the secret that keep so many people coming back to their bikes year after year after year: it’s so much fun! The many benefits of cycling are well documented and incontrovertable. but you’ll never begin to realize them if you’re too busy humming and hawing over which (probably expensive) bike you’d like to buy. Keep it simple, and get started right away. That way, if one day you finally do decide to spend some of that money you’re saving on a high end ‘dream bike,’ you will still have a ‘ bar bike’ you can comfortably lock up outside a pub in a dodgy neighbourhood whilst you go to town. A low-cost end bike isn’t exactly a theft deterrent in itself, but it doesn’t present the same temptation for thieves that a high end bike inevitably does, either. And if ever your bike is stolen, you won’t be gutted the way you would be if you had instead invested thousands of dollars in your ride. So don’t hesitate. Make the most of your precious time, and get started today.