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Published on: 04 Dec 2016 by rudyard
Are you all set and ready for your college? After all the arrangements are done, the one most important point to consider is the commute. Those who live a bit far away from the college campus might not have the option of walking to college every single day. Some will opt for the bus, a cheaper, greener means of transport, while few will have their own car, not too cheap and certainly not green. However, there is a third, one of the most reliable option as well – biking to college.
Having your own bike will feel like a boon once you have been to college for about a week, especially if you are staying rather far away from the campus. Bit every person can afford a personal car and it is certainly not an option to commute between classes if the campus is large enough. Also, public transport means a lot of running and striving. With your own bike, all that goes out of the window. You not only enjoy the ride, but also have an amazing feeling at the end of the day. Today we will talk about how to best select a bike for college.
What should a student look for while selecting a bike for college?
There are plenty of options available when you are going to buy a bike. It is pretty much confusing to say the least when it comes to selecting one of the bikes for your college. But, a little careful observation makes the work a lot easier. Concentrate on what you need and the path you need to take every day and you will know what you are looking for.
• Do not waste your money on costly carbon frames. They are light weight and fancy, but when it comes to daily commute bikes through the city the good old aluminum or steel or iron frame is best. They might be a bit heavier, but will serve you better when you pass through potholes.
• Make sure your bike is fitted with panniers. You will be carrying heavy books and bags to and from college. The pannier will make your life a lot easier. Consider going from one class to another in a huge campus. You will certainly have the luxury of carrying your books and bag on the bike as you simply ride from one part of the campus to another.
• Whether you are going to get a multi-speed multi-gear bike or a simple single gear bike is certainly your choice, but if you are going to make a smart choice opt for the later unless you are staying in a hilly region. In case you have to ride through some high terrains, the multi-gear bike is best as you will not want to feel all tired and drained of energy when you reach your college.
• City commute bikes are better choice for college students as compared to road bikes. Road bikes give faster speed and are a lucrative choice for college students, but the seating position is not too comfortable. Remember, within the city you will be navigating traffic and getting red lights. Speed won’t help you much there. However, having a bike that is easy and comfortable to ride is a great experience. You will love riding to your college every single day.
• Choose a bike that fits you. Always make sure you ride the bike before buying it. If your bike is not the right fit you will strain your body unnecessarily and it is actually quite detrimental to your health. Riding is a therapeutic activity. It is not something that should give you any further stress. So, choose wisely. There are plenty of models to choose from.
• As a college student, you might not have enough money to get a new bike. Well, that might be a good thing as well. A brand new bike generally attracts more attention and is prone to be stoles. A second-hand bike with proper maintenance and good checking will serve your purpose and is also safe from being stolen.
• While choosing your bike getting the salesman at the store to demonstrate the bike and then buying it online will not be a good idea. You need to remember that choosing bike online does not come with fitting service. Fitting the bike yourself will not yield good enough result. So, getting it from the store is the best idea.
A few additional advices from Bicycle Guider for college commuters.
• Do not take your personal safety lightly. Even though you will be riding in the city make sure you have helmet while riding. Get additional protective gears if you feel like. It always pays to be safe.
• Fit your bike with enough reflectors and light. It can save your life. .
• Keep a small toolkit and spares like a couple of tubes handy to take care of sudden complications.
• Get a good quality lock and ensure your new bike has enough anti-theft precautions installed.
So, go green, and enjoy your ride to your college. Do you want to bicycle but have no idea where to start? Check out our guide on how to choose the right bike.