Cycling is one of the sports that has brought the most joy to Colombia; beetles like Lucho Herrera and Fabio Parra in the past and Nairo Quintana, Rigoberto Urán and Egan Bernal in the most recent seasons, have been in charge of keeping the passion alive and captivating new lovers of the steel horse.
It is not uncommon to see more and more amateur cyclists on the roads and mountains of Colombia, and the whole world, training and enjoying the sport in the open air after having dusted off their old bicycles.
The recreational use of the bicycle has increased in the country. | Photo: Bucaramanga Transit.
How to choose the best exercise bike?
Type of use
The first thing to do is identify the use, as there are different ways to get the most out of a bicycle; there are some to have a slightly more competitive type of practice and there are others that are used for recreational or mobility purposes. For example, there are people who will use them to go to work, school or university, while there are others who will seek to go riding on the road or in the mountains on weekends and thus add some competition to their objectives.
Discipline to practice
This is where the practice of cycling begins to take shape; You must define if you want to practice MTB, route or gravel, the most popular modalities; For each of them there are specific specifications that will make the bicycle offer different variations and components.
If you’re not sure, the gravel option is the best, as it combines specifications that allow you to tackle both highways and rough trails. Keep in mind that there are also other modalities such as BMX or Down Hill, which also require special equipment.
As it is the first bicycle, the idea is to acquire one that allows you to fall in love with cycling, but that does not take so much money, this in case you prefer to change sports. You can choose to get a second-hand bike in good condition or look for a mid-range that meets the requirements of the modality you chose. There are high-end items on the market that are quite expensive and would not be a good investment if you later decide to store it in your home garage.
There are national brands with good components that can be cheaper than imported bikes. You can consult with some colleagues or find the ideal one within the cycling communities, who often put up for sale some that they no longer use or that they want to update.
Take into account the guarantee and insurance offered against theft and damage. | Photo: Sebastian Barros/NurPhoto
This point is very important, because sometimes when buying a cheaper bicycle, it is not taken into account that if you are enjoying the hobby, you will want to improve some components. This means that when making updates, the new components are not compatible with the existing framework. A very common example are those that offer the integrated gear and brake system, because when opting for a more advanced range of these two components, you will have to make a series of extra changes that will end up affecting your pocket.
In cycling, the components are what determine the price of a bicycle; gear system, bearing group, frame material, type of pedals and braking system, are just some of the elements that make up a steel horse.
It must be taken into account that the weight of all these elements is decisive in gaining a few seconds when competing, so removing 100 grams on a bike may seem very little, but it really is a lot and it will be quite expensive.
The components of a bicycle can increase its value. | Photo: Juan Carlos Sierra
The gear group also has a lot to do with cost and performance, so you’ll need to know how much you’re willing to spend to improve your performance on the bike. Suspension is also usually quite expensive.
Guarantee and insurance
This point is key, because there are places where, in addition to selling you the bicycle, they offer you insurance against theft or accidents, a point that can be considered depending on your budget. Likewise, it must demand the guarantee, both of the frame and of the components. Demand the property card and verify, in case of acquiring a second-hand bicycle, that it is not stolen.
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