Whether you’ve never ridden a bike before or you want to pick up the habit again as an adult, buying the right bike can be a challenge.

Here are some tips that you can use to make the process easier:

  • Figure out where you plan to ride. The type of bike you’d buy to ride primarily on the sidewalk or around the streets in your own residential neighborhood is going to be very different from the bike you should buy for a city commute or country trails.
  • Consider where you should shop. Sure, you can pick up a bike in one of those big-box stores, but those are cheaply made, and quite often, hastily assembled. Many times, the materials used in their construction are also inferior. The value of a good bike shop shouldn’t be underestimated.
  • Figure out your budget. You can find a good bike for an adult for under $500. If you’re willing to spend more, you can find a model with superior front suspension, a lighter frame and wheels and hydraulic disc brakes that will improve your ride and enhance safety.
  • Take a test ride. This is another advantage of going to a local bike shop; big box stores likely won’t let you take a bike for a test spin. Wear comfortable clothing and spend about 20 minutes trying out your top choice before you commit.
  • Ask for advice. Again, this is where a good bike shop is a great benefit to novice riders. They can help you better understand the difference between a mountain bike, a hybrid and other styles.

Biking is awesome for your physical health, your mental health and the environment. Unfortunately, not everyone on the road is appreciative of the benefits of biking — and drivers don’t always like to share. If you’ve been in an accident due to an irresponsible driver’s mistake, find out more about your right to compensation for your injuries and losses.