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12 Mar ’14 Comments (10) Bike Buying, Cycling, Cycling Tips, Resources

Bike Buying: What are Your Goals for Biking?

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The first step in buying a new bike is to figure out what your goals are for biking. As a new cyclist this can be difficult since you might not know all the possibilities! You may be looking to bikes because a friend of yours is getting you hooked, or maybe you want to get your family riding and your trying to figure out where to start. Regardless of the reason, I’m excited to be apart of your journey of cycling!

Now, let’s take a step back and ask a very important question.

Where do you want to go on your bike?

Some ideas to prime your pump:
Do you want to go on long road rides with 5 of your best buddies?
Do you want to get to work easier?
Do you want to keep up with your 11 year old?
Do you want to explore the backwoods?

What are the pieces you can measure?

Most humans need to have the ability to measure and compare to rate success. It is why most Americans have scales in their bathrooms, because their jeans don’t have hash marks for measurement! Let’s now figure out something you can strive for that is measurable to define success of your biking goals.

Examples:
Riding x days per month with your spouse or child
Miles or days ridden a week
Improving your average MPH
Lost weight
Wearing out your first chain/tires (under normal wear!)
Learning to bunny hop
Not getting dropped

Now, put it all together – what are your goals for biking?
“I want to go mountain biking and learn how to bunny hop.”
“I want to ride to work 2 times a week.”

Put in the comments!

Now, get ready to answer the next question in your bike buying research “What type of riding will you be doing?

10 Responses to Bike Buying: What are Your Goals for Biking?

  1. Betsy says:

    I want to repeat my 5000 miles, as I did last year. I just want to enjoy the ride, some are fast, some are slow, ride alone, ride with others. It’s all good.

  2. Louise says:

    I want to go mountain biking and get better
    I want to go biking to let off steam and to workout

  3. Amanda says:

    I would like to be faster and go farther. I can bang out 25 miles on my Trek Neko, but would love to get it done faster – thus more often!

  4. CS says:

    I want a quicker commute and a bike that will work for a newbie triathlete.

  5. Isabella says:

    I want to ride that hour every day to school and get out to try cyclocross this season on the weekends

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