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How to Choose and Use a Bicycle Without Doing Something Dumb
How to Choose and Use a Bicycle Without Doing Something Dumb Author:Peter Braddock It's easy to be a dope nowadays. This is the modern age, seemingly geared to complicating and obscuring the issue, any issue. A lot of bicyclists get caught in this syndrome. They go to buy a bike and find they're hopelessly inept at sifting out the right bike for their wants and needs. There are so many to choose from that the mind boggles. If ... more »they somehow manage to scramble through this first crisis unscathed, and get the right bike for the rider, they may find this traffic-saturated, pothole-ridden world too much to cope with. They're not as likely to scramble trough that crisis.
The fact is, your bicycling safety and enjoyment result, in part, from how well you're able to go about the business of choosing a bike. Riding one that doesn't fit, isn't designed or assembled correctly, or doesn't suit will leave you vulnerable to traffic and your own mishandling. How well you ride under varying conditions has an added, and most obvious, bearing on your safety and enjoyment. If you do the wrong thing at the wrong time, you may not get a second chance to improve your ways. Lastly, the things you do to fix that's gone wrong with your bike mechanically, the inevitable result of wear, tear and minor crashes, means these problems won't lead you to a large and tragic accident.« less