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Budget-Friendly Pointer If You Are Planning to Buy a Road Bike

Buying bikes online or entering a bike shop can be intimidating, especially if it is your first time there, but do not despair, you don’t need to be a billionaire to buy a quality bike, you just need to know what to look for.

It is perfectly normal to walk into a bike store and be mesmerized by those electric yellow speed bikes or black and red road bikes; it is also perfectly normal to immediately forget about them once you see their prices. Sure, there are a lot of cool looking bikes, but at the end of the day, they will only make you look dope while riding them- that is the only thing that they’re good for, and the companies that are selling them knows that and they sell them based on the “cool” factor only. So if you’re looking for a legit road bike that is both self-reliant and affordable, here are some recommendations from Active Weekender.

Which Type of Bike Suits You?

Before going on an exploration trip to find the right bike for you, you need to know exactly what you want to do with your bike. Coming to terms with your decision will affect your budget. How much you are willing to spend on your future bike will solely depend on deciding on a certain type. If you’re a casual rider then aim for cursing bikes, since they are very affordable and come in an affordable quality material.

Usually cruising and training bikes don’t cost much, unless they come with extra components. Stray away from expensive brand bikes, and mountain bikes if you are only looking for a casual ride. Mountain bikes are usually expensive, so the only thing that will be budget-friendly in this case is to find affordable mountain bike materials like carbon fiber. Brand bikes tend to be more specialized and you don’t really need that if you’re looking for a smooth cruise.

Frames

If you’re essentially looking for a smooth ride then look for materials like aluminum-frame road bikes, since they are the most affordable material out of titanium, carbon fiber and steel, they also come with a carbon fiber front fork that take in any kind of vibration so that you can enjoy a smooth ride around the town.

Now you need to understand that your budget-friendly bike absolutely depends on what you’re looking for in a bike, so if you’re looking for longevity, lightness, and durability then go for titanium-frame road bike, but the only set back is that it is a little costly. If you’re looking for strong, light material then head for a carbon-fiber-road bike, and if you’re looking for a bike to enjoy slow rides then aim for steel-frame road bikes, steel bikes are known to be beautiful anyway, so enjoy the ride on your pretty bike!

Your Bike

Buying a bike is supposed to be fun, so just familiarize yourself with your needs, style, and enjoy the ride on your brand new bike! You’ll be much better equipped now that you have the basic knowledge of what matters on you.

Benefits of Biking to Work

Our grandparents and their grandparents have witnessed the massive development in transportation means. In 1769, mankind witnessed the invention of the first steam-powered automobile by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot. And only after 48 years, we adopted a new transportation tool – a bicycle.

 

After some time bicycles lost their popularity and were considered as children’s transportation mean. Kids love cycling because it’s fun, they spend their energy, they move around, they are active and feel great after a short cycling session. We basically pointed out all the benefits to biking, but there’s more to say.

 

 

  • It’s more fun!

 

 

Biking is simply a fun activity. It’s correlated with childhood memories and games. You could still have fun while biking as an adult. You get to observe the streets you pass by, hear the daily sounds, encounter animals and birds, and integrate with nature.

 

Children love observing their surroundings. To have more fun you need to keep your inner child and find happiness in the simplest things.

 

 

  • It’s practically a workout

 

 

Biking to work is good for your physical health. First of all, you are saving money on your gym membership. Secondly, you are getting in shape.

 

Even if biking is a simple cardio and leg workout, and doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll build your ideal body, it’s still a healthy way of transportation.

 

Biking burns a lot of calories and prepares your heart for other cardio exercises in the future. You can, of course, start jogging to burn calories and fat, but biking is better for your joints too. By biking every day to work, you can improve your cardiovascular fitness, lower the blood pressure and boost energy. You will be able to build a stronger muscle tissue and improve coordination.

 

Isn’t it dreamy? To have a practical and beneficial transport all in one.

 

 

  • You get to save your money on transportation

 

 

Buy a bicycle once and stop worrying about your transportation costs. Leave the worrying to personal car drivers. The gas price keeps rising, and driver’s wallets keep thinning. On average, people spend half of their salaries on gas money.

 

The public transport users are also in a bad image when it comes to saving money. Yes, it’s better to travel by public transport, but you still need to pay money for the services and keep up with other people too.

 

Of course, there’s carpooling, but it’s for another cause. You could still look up carpooling benefits and see how you’d like to share the cost of transportation.

 

 

  • You get to save your money on repairs

 

 

The average cost of maintaining a car in a good condition is between 9000 – 10 000 US dollar a year. And it differs from men to men. Bike owners only spend 300 – 500 US dollars a year to maintain their bike’s good condition. Not to mention the huge difference between a car and bike repair costs.

 

 

  • Enjoy the outdoors & get to know your community

 

 

When you are biking to and from work you find opportunities to enjoy the commute more by seeing the changing of the seasons or finding pop community events happening. These unplanned perks can help you actually look forward to commuting each day.

 

  • Losing weights and becoming fitter

 

We already mentioned that biking to work is good for your fitness activities. But what about those people who want to lose weight and get in shape? Most people don’t have time to visit the gym daily or at least three times a week.

 

Biking to work every day is a great substitute for an hour on a treadmill. Biking will help you lose some weight and become fitter.

 

 

  • Avoiding traffic jams

 

 

What’s more pleasing to hear than this? While cars and buses stay in the traffic jams on busy hours, you can safely drive on bike lanes and go home in time. Car drivers will envy you for such flexibility.

 

What else is there to tell you that will help you decide to try biking to work? You’ll be able to experience all the benefits and advantages of biking while going to work.

So I bought a bike from Amazon

Hello Bike Commuters! It has been a while since I posted, but things have changed quite a bit. Unfortunately I am no longer doing the Bike-Train commute thing, I am really bummed about that. I used to take the train so I would avoid spending up to an hour and a half stuck in traffic but now I have a carpool buddy and that has reduced my commute time to about 40 minutes.

This meant that I no longer needed my Giant Expressway folding bike so it was sold to a person who travels by plane and needed a bike to get around town. I gave “Gravel” riding a try with my old 26″ Hard tail mountain bike but I was not able to keep up with riders with fancy Gravel/CX bikes and 29rs. New Gravel/Adventure bikes start about $900 so I started perusing Craigslist to see if I could score a cheap gravel bike.

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And there it was…. a Raleigh Bikes Preston Classic City Bike, a vintage looking bike with modern parts and a copper finished handlebar! So I started searching for a local bike shop that may have it in stock -No Dice. I noticed that Raleigh was selling this bike in Amazon.com for about $395 (cheaper than their own site and around the same price as a used one). I did not buy it right away, my budget was about $200 so it was over my budget.

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Amazon does this thing that if you leave an item in your cart it will tell you if an item has gone down or up in price if when you go back to your cart. I checked my cart periodically and lo and behold the Raleigh Preston was selling for $295! That was still $95 over my budget but I remembered that I had an Amazon gift card and points accumulated on a credit card. I went ahead and pulled the trigger, the gravel bike will wait.

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I also purchased a few accessories for the bike such as the a leather tool bag by Projekt Bikes, the Retro Front Vintage Bike Light,

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and the Portland Design Works Sparrow Cage, Copper

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So how was the Amazon experience? The bike arrived 3 days after I purchased it and assembling the bike with the tools that Raleigh provided was a breeze. You don’t have to be a bike mechanic to assemble this bike so save yourself the $80 assembly fee if you consider purchasing a Raleigh bike from Amazon. The only thing that was disappointing was that the bike arrived a little scratched up, this is not Amazon’s fault but if the Raleigh folks are reading this; please put extra padding on the top tube!!!

So far I’ve done errands on this bike and it gets a lot of looks and thumbs up, I can’t wait to take this bike to the beach!

Why Every Biker Needs a Cool Wallet

What makes a biker wallet so special? On the one hand, it’s a well-known pocketbook that folds in two or three and has several pockets for bills, business cards, receipts, credit cards, and change. Like the accessories for men, biker wallets are capacious, solid and durable. On the other hand, a biker wallet differs from its leather counterparts about the same as a motorcycle differs from a car. Both are vehicles but they have their own character and personality, so to speak.

Looking at every biker wallet you can tell that a craftsman put his heart into it. It is because they are most often made by hand. Each product comes out individual and unique. You can get a custom wallet that has a one – of – a – kind look but even off-the-shelf products are capable of wowing passers-by thanks to the bold embellishment and daring designs. Biker wallets are never mass-market products with uninspiring cookie-cutter looks.

Biker Wallets – Durable and Tough

Many people consider bikers to be tough, badass and serious men and these assumptions have their ground. All their accessories carry the imprint of the biker culture and they are just as serious and cool as the men on motorcycles. Biker wallets are no exception. They are massive but convenient so that a biker can shove one into a back pocket of his jeans and it won’t cause troubles during the long rides.

Practicality is another sign of biker wallets. Remember, a real wallet for a biker is made only from genuine leather. Bikers do not tolerate fakes by their nature. Additionally, real leather is incredibly durable, it will serve its owner for many years. Rare items are even inherited. If a leather biker wallet gets weathered with time, it won’t make in item worse. In fact, small scratches, abrasions, or traces of oil or gasoline are able to make a wallet even more valuable since they add more individuality. They are able to turn a billfold into an item with a history, which everyone would like to find out.

When Looks Matter

Every biker wants to stand out from the crowd to emphasize his individuality and status among the brethren. An original wallet is of great aid in this matter as well. Bikerringshop offers an excellent variety of design options and finishes. Wallets can be embellished with silver rivets, clasps, embossing, carving, embroidery, etc. They often carry familiar symbols found in the biker culture – skulls, crosses, totemic animals, as well as intricate patterns resembling bizarre tattoos.

Sometimes wallets do not have additional decorations if they are made of exotic leather. The skin of a snake, crocodile, stingray, lizard and other reptiles is attractive by itself thanks to its relief and sometimes voluminous patterns. Did you know that crocodile or snake scales are unique, just like human fingerprints? Therefore, you will never find two identical wallets even if they carry the same design. As a bonus, exotic leather has an outstanding durability, which is several times higher than the finest calfskin.

Finally, each leather biker wallet comes complete with a grommet for a chain attachment. A chain fastens to a wallet on one side, and its other end is attached to a belt. The most common are steel and silver chains but you come across leather chains as well. Chains are not just fancy ornaments. They help to reliably fix a wallet to a biker so that it always stays at hand even when driving fast.