Hey everyone! Welcome to our guide to buying the best quality bike for your budget.
This website is here to help you spend your budget wisely when purchasing a bicycle or accessories. I enjoy riding bikes and have been doing so for over 20 years, and enjoy all types of bike riding.
Cycling is a great sport and hobby, but when buying a bike there are several things you need to consider:
How to find the best quality bike for your budget
Don’t get ripped off! The most important thing to consider is the “cost of ownership”. Cost of ownership refers to the real costs of owning a bicycle. Unfortunately a lot of people don’t really look at cost of ownership when purchasing a bicycle. Never buy a bike at a big box store. They sell cheap brands like Huffy or Next that may seem like a bargain (with their low initial price), but they will quickly fall apart with any moderate amount of riding. These cheaply made bikes are safety hazards, and they are extremely expensive to maintain.
You should always consider the quality of the bikes components, such as derailer, shifter, brakes, seat, pedals, and gears. Some bikes cost much less because the components aren’t nearly as good as others.
Choosing a bike with quality welding is a crucial part of choosing the right bike. The welding of the frame will determine the stress your mountain bike can take. Choosing a bike that shows wear or rust in its welds is a sure way to end up stranded several miles along a wilderness road.
Suspension components add weight to the bike, and also will make the bike cost more to maintain. Full suspension mountain bikes feature suspension in the front and rear of the bike. They are ideal for intensive and bumpy trails that may not be finished or are heavily worn. Hardtail mountain bikes have a suspension in the front forks only. Choosing a bike with a quality suspension that feels right to you is the best way to enjoy your trails without excessive discomfort. What works for one rider may not be best for another.
Metal Frame Type
Steel Frames were the most common materials previously, now steel is considered less than ideal even though it is a strong and durable material. Its weight limits its use in competition and outdoor use.
Aluminum frames are common on mid-range bikes and is considered an affordable alternative for most bikes.
Titanium frames are featured in today’s top of the line bikes. The heavy metal allows for increased durability over aluminum framing by giving the bike the durability of a steel frame but the light agile speed of an aluminum frame.
Carbon Fiber is the least common although the lightest, toughest material. You won’t find carbon fiber on lower end bikes. Carbon fiber’s fault lies with how it breaks — usually with a complete split or shatter. Bikers who expect to take extensive damage or place a large amount of weight on their bikes should opt for titanium frames instead.
A quality bike will cost much less to own in the long run. I had a decent quality Diamondback BMX bike that I got when I was 7 years old that I rode for over 8 years, before I graduated to a mountain bike. When it was time to sell my old BMX bike I got some good money for it. On another note, I bought a Huffy BMX bike at a garage sale for $10, and the first time I “bunny hopped”, the front wheel rim bent in half.
My Giant Iguana road bike is perfect for riding around town and commuting. However my real passion is exploring single track trails in the foothills with my mountain bike. I’ve had my rigid tail Specialized mountain bike for 10 years now, it was under $550 when I bought it new, and it still looks and works great, but I did have to spend about $180 to maintain it over the years.
Keep on biking,