Ever since I moved out the house, my mom has been constantly nagging me to come over for dinner. She says she’s scared that I’m only eating junk food and that I’ll become obese like Uncle Henry.
So eventually, I decided to head over to the parentals last night. Mom made a delicious roast chicken with boiled potatoes, while dad sat and complained to me about the global economic crisis.
After supper, we sat and chatted at the table for a bit, and dad started asking me some questions about MTB.
So I asked him: Why the sudden interest, pops?
Dad: Your mother is hassling me to exercise.
Me: So why don’t you join a gym?
Dad: Nah, I would rather ride. I like the outdoors.
Me: Well, I like a Ferrari. Buy me one, please.
This got me thinking, what would I tell someone about buying a bike for the first time? It’s quite an expensive hobby and you don’t want to get suckered by some dodgy salesman.
Well, the first bit of advice I’d offer you is to assess what you’ll be using the bike for. There’s a big difference between road riding and off-road riding. So if you’re just going to use your bike to go down to the Spar, rather buy a *sigh* road bike. Also, if you’re unsure about bikes, pick up an MTB magazine or book, they are quite useful and provide info about different bikes.
The second factor you must take into account is your budget. How much are you willing to spend on a bike? The general rule of MTB thumb is that the better the bike, the more expensive it will be. Maybe, paying that extra R1000 will get you a more durable bike.
The third and most important bit of advice I can offer you is to test ride a variety of bikes. Make sure that it’s the right size for you and that it handles well over rough terrains. Don’t just buy it because it’s cheap! You’re going to be riding it for a long time, so you’re going to want a comfortable ride.
And the final piece of advice I can give is to find a reliable dealership. The people should be able to assist you and answer any of your questions. Just like when you buy a car, you want to feel reassurance from the dealership that you are in good hands or wheels…err, you get my drift.