I have a friend who is thinking of buying a new bike for riding around the city. She had been riding an old mountain bike and wanted to upgrade to something more suitable for her. I sent her the following checklist and thought that it would help any woman who it thinking of getting their first city bike, so here is the list…
Some things to consider: the looks of the bike. Look closely at the paint job and the quality of it, colour and style of the bike
Any special features such as a front basket?
Mudguards, if any.
Chain guard, if there is one.
How comfortable the saddle is, and you’ll only have a short ride to test ride, it changes for longer rides.
Seating position and handlebars.
Are the handgrips comfy? Are they made from durable material?
The pedals, what they are made from and are they grippy or slippery?
Wheels and tyres – are the tyres puncture proof, do they have reflective strips, how long wearing are they?
What do the wheel rims look like and would they be able to withstand some rough treatment such as riding down gutters and over stones?
Brakes – how easy to use and how effective? Coaster or hand brakes?
Side stand or centre stand? How easy is it to use and how stable is the bike when using the stand?
Gears if any? If you choose single speed or geared why do you make that choice?
How easy is the bike to mount and dismount? Can you dismount as you come to a rolling stop?
Can you ride it with a skirt?
How easy is it to adjust the saddle height?
Is there a quick release for the front wheel? Is it easy to operate? This is not a necessary feature unless you need to carry it in the car.
Ease of riding/steering/accelerating? Does it feel heavy or unwieldy? Or light and fast?
I hope this list might be useful for anyone contemplating buying a new bike this Spring. Enjoy riding!