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Angie's List: Bike buying tips

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If dad has enough ties in his closet, how about giving him a new set of wheels for Father’s Day? There are tons of bicycles to choose from, so finding the right fit can be a little tricky. How to pick the perfect set of wheels in this Angie’s List report.

“I ride pretty much every day," says Marvin Pribble. "I go to the grocery store, the library, hardware store. I just leave the car at home.”

Pribble has at least three bikes that he rides throughout the year.

“It’s really easier to get to the grocery store on a bicycle," says Pribble. "It’s good exercise. You get outside. Less wear and tear on the car. A lot cheaper.”

Whether you’re looking for a road bike to ride fast on open roads, a mountain bike for off-road trails, or a hybrid bike to cruise around your neighborhood, it’s important to match the bike to your size and intended use.

“Getting fit for a bike is just like getting fit for a pair of shoes," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "You wouldn’t wear high heels to play a sport so you should make sure you have the right bike for your type of riding. For example, if you’re going to be riding your bike mostly in the city a mountain bike is not the bike for you.”

Angie’s List says a reputable bike shop can help determine the right type of bike for your needs and size you for the perfect fit.

“We are looking at the overall height of the bike to fit your inseam and then the length of the bike to fit your torso so we got to get a bike to fit both,” says Scott Irons, bike shop owner.

A pro will take into account several measurements including your back angle, knee angle, and handlebar width.

“You typically are going to have your tip toes on the floor and you’re going to have a nice comfortable bend in your back with a little bit of elbow bend," says Irons. "This bike in particular is a little bit short for me. You can see how I’m up and close to myself. I would be a little more stretched out. The leg length is proper – a little tippy toes here that we can get full leg extension while you’re peddling.”

Angie’s List recommends factoring in maintenance when choosing a bike. A tune-up starts around $50, but can cost more depending on the type of bike. If you’re a casual rider, you only need a tune-up every other year or two.

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