If you plan to buy a new rig, no need to plonk down for a bike capable of traversing the Andes. Try out midprice bikes on an extended ride (many stores offer test rides), and make sure it fits. “A bike should not be uncomfortable at all,” says Erik Kugler, cofounder of the DC chain BicycleSpace. Knees should be slightly bent at the bottom of your pedal stroke, with your back at a 45-degree angle.
And the bike should fit your personal style and your needs. Here’s a quiz that may help:
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