Although the bicycle is considered a hobby by most people, some enthusiasts want to upgrade their biking skills and compete as amateurs or professionals. Most of the famous cyclists, however, began as intermediate riders to hone their skills. For this transition to competitive cycling, you need to find the best bicycle for your specific needs.
Here are important points you need to know when deciding to become an intermediate rider.
• Bike Styles. An intermediate rider needs to travel at least 40 miles per day to be ready for more difficult challenges ahead. Purchasing the right bicycle at the bicycle shop in Singapore, however, can be difficult with so many styles and brands to choose from. Intermediate riders, however, are advised to stick to either the road bike or the mountain bike for a more intense training. Still, you can also pick other bicycle types depending on which style you want to master in the future, such as the BMX and triathlon bicycle.
The road bicycle is designed for paved surfaces, making them ideal for touring, racing, and riding; while the mountain bicycle is designed for off-roading on rough terrain. The BMX bicycle is designed for freestyle riding, racing, and jumping both on paved surfaces and rough terrain; while the triathlon bicycle is designed aerodynamically to make travelling faster.
• Bike Frame Materials. Now that you have decided to pursue riding more seriously, you need to invest in quality materials that will last longer and will endure a harsher training regimen. Most bicycles you will find at the bicycle shop in Singapore are made from steel. Depending on the grade of steel, it is usually the best choice for beginners and casual riders because it is cheap, does not fatigue and has a spring, and will not easily rust if maintained properly. The bicycle shop in Singapore will not recommend this material to an intermediate rider, however, because it’s heavy and thin.
Ideally, an intermediate rider should use a titanium frame for the bicycle because it’s light, strong, does not fatigue, and will not rust. The material is difficult to manipulate, however, that is why it’s more expensive than steel frames.
• Bike Features. You will not need the most expensive mountain or road bike you can find at the bicycle shop, but any intermediate rider must consider the following features:
1. Full Suspension. To travel more easily on rough terrain, pick a mountain bike with a full suspension instead of a dual suspension bicycle. Road bicycles on the other hand do not have a suspension, but if you’re worried about comfort, you should find tires that are wider or brands that comply to the bike’s fork and frame.
2. Suspension Forks. For mountain bicycles, you should look for models with adjustable fork suspension if you want to have better control when traveling.
3. Transmission. As an intermediate rider, choose a mountain bike with 2 x 10 or 3 x 9/10 chainsets to have better control over rough terrain. You can also opt for single chain rings with a speed cassette if you want to lessen the weight and make traveling simpler.
4. Wheels. As an intermediate rider, you can choose between carbon or aluminum wheels, depending on how much you want the bicycle to weigh.
5. Multiple Gears. Most road bikes will include two cogs on the front and 10 or more gears on the rear, usually up to a total of twenty-two gears. These are important when you’re planning to train in difficult and steep terrains.
• Bike Accessories. Don’t forget to purchase quality bicycle accessories such as a helmet with polystyrene liner, knee pads, elbow pads, small bike bag with accessories for repairing your bike (including patch kit, spare tube, pump, tire pressure gauge, lubricant, and lock), and water bottle holder. These bicycle accessories will make your training easier and safer.