Choosing a new bike is no easy task. In the last decade, biking has changed considerably. The old choice of size has been overtaken by technological advancements and more material choices, to make purchasing one so complicated. This means deciding on a new bike even harder. The right choice goes a long way, whereas a poor choice is regrettable. You need to ask yourself a few things.
The places you will be riding on the most will influence your choice. You may be intending to use it for trail riding or off-roading on your camping trips, or commuting to work. Whatever the case, there are two classifications of bikes; road bikes and mountain bikes. The construction of road bikes ensures their light enough for speed. They are meant to be used by performance oriented people due to their aerodynamic body style. Their narrow, smooth tires give a precise response on paved surfaces. They will suit those who wish to exercise, or some light weekend use. Mountain bikes have excellent suspension setups, to aid in absorbing the bounces and jolts of dirt trails and rocky terrain. They may function on paved roads, but their performance is limited due to their bulk, and thick heavy wheels with large threads. You need to make your choice right. A hybrid bike presents the best of both worlds, as it has speed and rugged versatility.
Bikes come in diverse prices, from costing s few hundreds, to heavy spending in terms of tens of thousands. Your budget should guide your choice. Keep in mind though, the kind of use you intend to make of the bike. Those who wish to go trial riding have their choice cut out. The bike may cost you more, but will serve its purpose. If you intend to do light biking, do not spend a lot.
Your choice of parts matters. Low gear ranges are suited for mountain climbing. Hard trail and full are the suspension setups. Heavy mountain biking requires a full suspension setup, while for minimal camping needs, hardtail setup is sufficient. For frequent campers, fitting disc-brakes will work better for any weather conditions, as opposed to the traditional v-brake system.
The choice of seat to fit is also important. In normal conditions, a padded, pillow top saddle is all that is required. But for extreme mountaineering, a gel padding is necessary, as it molds to your body to absorb shock, aiding in overall rising comfort. Select the saddle that will protect your bottom adequately.
Select a bike frame that is proportional to your body size. You will be comfortable and in control when you ride. There are bike sizing charts to guide you in your selection process, to get the right size.
How you choose other camping equipment is the same way you need to invest your time when selecting a bike. For whatever purpose you desire a bike, choose wisely.