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Key Factors To Consider When Buying A Mountain Bike

Nov 29, 2007
Mountain biking has always had its fans but it has become particularly popular over the last several years. This is due to several reasons including the fact that people are busier, more stressed and looking for ways to relax. Other people have become more health-conscious and want to exercise more while others simply want to do something fun with a friend or spouse when the weather is good.

There are a few key factors that you should keep in mind before purchasing any mountain bikes in order to ensure that you are getting exactly what you want. The first thing is to know what kind of bike you need as there are many different types of mountain bikes available. Each has its specific uses, strengths and weaknesses. For example, some bikes are designed to be used on rough and uneven terrain whilst other bikes are designed to provide a smooth ride but their use should be limited to smooth, even terrain. Other mountain bikes are better-equipped to endure the rigors of cross-country biking.

Buying a bike is similar to buying a car because you may walk into a shop and see the bike of your dreams only to be floored by the sticker price. Before you visit a bike shop determine how much money you are willing to spend because some mountain bikes can cost thousands of pounds. Others are very affordable and may be effective for what you plan to do with the bike and won't break the budget.

If you do not determine your price range ahead of time, you may find yourself agreeing to buy a bike that you cannot afford. Remember, you want to enjoy your mountain bike. You do not want to be miserable about the amount of money you spent on it.

Many people choose to buy their mountain bikes through a mass consumer outlet which can surprisingly lead to problems. Much of your bike's performance will depend on how well it is assembled. When you purchase your bike from a major retail store they are less likely to take the time needed to properly put your bike together. Also, you will probably need to have your bike worked on in the future. Like cars, good mountain bikes require occasional "tune-ups." Major retail stores are not likely to offer this type of service.

Visit several bike shops in your area, speak to the salespeople and even try to speak to the owner. These people are often passionate about mountain biking so will take proper care to assembling your bike. As well as this, when you need to have work done on your bike in the future, you will feel confident taking your bike to the place where you purchased it.

Buying a mountain bike requires a little planning and research. If you follow the tips above, you have an excellent chance of finding the perfect mountain bike for your needs and budget. After that, the world is an open road.
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Leisure Lakes Bikes build bicycles that are built and tested by trained mechanics. mountain bikes offer free after sales advice to guarantee that you are happy with your purchase.
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