How to Get Started with Biking

Biking is a popular sport for a variety of people who use it to save money on their commutes to work, need a low-impact workout, and simply like the feel of the breeze in their faces as they pedal along a tree-lined bike trail. The sport's popularity continues to grow as people look for more economical and environmentally friendly ways to get around town. To get started with biking, individuals must know how to choose the best bike for their lifestyle as well as how to ride it safely.

Choose a Bike that Fits the Rider's Lifestyle

Choosing a bike requires more effort than buying the first bike that catches one's eye. Instead, people must consider whether they plan to ride primarily on paved roads or bike trails and the distances they plan to ride each week. This information helps them select the bike best designed for their needs.

Types of Bikes

Each bike has specific characteristics and design features that make it suited for different riding environments. For example, manufacturers design road bikes to move quickly along pavement, while mountain bikes contain the necessary gears and shock absorbers for biking on uneven surfaces or trails. Some manufacturers combine these features in Cyclocross and hybrid bikes that provide the comfort and support of a mountain bike along with the speed of a road bike.

Type of Bike


Ideal Rider


Upright handlebars

Wide tires

Has one or three speeds

Coaster brakes

Casual riders

Short distance commuters


Drop handlebars

Wider tires than road bikes

Mud guards

Disc or V-brakes



Upright handlebars

Medium-width, smooth tires

Casual riders

Short distance commuters


Flat or upright handlebars

Very low gear range

Shock absorbers


Mountain bikers


Drop or flat handlebars

Integrated brakes and gears

Lightweight frame

Thin, smooth tires


Racing cyclists


Carriage space

Drop handlebars

Heavy frame

Lower gear range than road bikes

Mud guards

Wide wheels

Long distance riders

After they choose the type of bike that best fits their needs, bike shoppers need to spend some time riding different bikes within that category. They need to test ride the bikes for 20 to 40 minutes to get a feel for their comfort, ease of steering, and braking on the road.

Buy Biking Gear

In addition to the actual bike, shoppers must buy cycling gear. This includes a pump that attaches to the bike frame, puncture repair kit, and spare inner tire for on-the-road tire emergencies. They also need a helmet and lights to keep their bodies safe when riding as well as a saddle bag, multi-tool, and lock.


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, helmets prevent head injuries in up to 88 percent of bicycle accidents. However, they must fit properly to provide the best protection. Helmets that leave one or two finger-widths above the eyebrow line fit the biker's head properly. If the helmet is too big it falls below this line, and a helmet is too small if it lands above it.

When wearing helmets, cyclists must secure them properly to their heads. To do this, they first adjust the cinching mechanism until the helmet fits the head snugly. Then they adjust the chin strap until they have between them a space measuring one or two finger-widths. The helmet must stay on the head without moving, but cyclists also need to make sure they have the ability to open their miles while wearing them.


Cycling clothing affects the bicyclist's comfort and safety on the road. Moisture-wicking fabrics pull sweat and moisture from the skin and help bikers feel cool while they ride. At the same time, clothing is an important safety feature. Brightly colored clothing helps motorists see bicyclists on the road and well-fitting clothing is less likely to catch in gears. This reduces the chance of collision.

Additional Tips

Rules for bicyclists vary between states and municipalities. Some places reserve sidewalks for pedestrians, so bicyclists must share the roads with cars and trucks. Others have rules that specify the type of safety gear each bike must have. Like with any other form of exercise, beginners need to start with a lower intensity than they use for other exercises. The body uses different combinations of muscles during biking, and they need time to adjust to the work.

How to Buy Biking Gear on eBay

When you are ready to get started with biking, eBay is a great source for all the equipment you need for your new sport. Enter in the search box the type of bike, safety gear, or cycling clothing you want to buy and start reviewing the available listings. As you look through each item, read the descriptions carefully so you understand exactly what the seller offers. When buying clothing, ask the seller for the measurements so you know whether or not the items will fit your body. This ensures you receive items you can use and are happy with the purchase.


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