Bike Frame: How To Choose the Right One For You ?

There are so many options and factors to consider when you look for the right bike for you. When you go on riding, comfort will always be taken into consideration. So in order to ride in comfort and speed, you must make sure that you choose the bike that is fit for you. So how do you know that the bike is fit for you? There are actually so many factors, and one of them is that you have to find the right frame that fit your build. The frame has a big role in your comfort. You have to be careful not to choose frames that are too small, too large or too light for you. How to know for sure? Here’s a simple guide how to choose the right bike frame for you.

     First, you must be sure with the following.

The Kind Of Bike You Will Use

     Yes, what kind of bike do you really want and need? And how often are you going to ride it? What will you ride it for? Are you going to use bike for commuting, climbing, or only for leisure rides? How much is your budget? What level of performance in a bike do you want? Is it a mountain bike, road bike, bmx bike or a hybrid bike?

     These may be simple questions, but you have to consider them all. The answers will lead you to find the bike you want and it will make choosing the right bike with the right frame become easier than just purchasing blindly. It will save you a lot less confusion, money and time.

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Frame Materials

     Not all bikes are created equal, and since its frame is the bike’s backbone, frames play a primary factor— stiffness, density, strength, etc.— in deciding the right fit for you. Can the frame carry heavy weight and large riders? Or does it only favor light riders? The best frames vary in the quality and uses of the materials used. You decide the best frame material for you. But generally, it depends on you.

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The table below consists of details that are the most common frame materials used in bikes.

Frame Materials

Pros

Cons


Aluminum






-   Can be very stiff and light because the density is too low, but the tubes have to be larger in diameter to compensate

-   Easily formed into aero shapes

-   Doesn’t rust

-   Makes a light frame for a big rider





-   Can break

-   One-third the stiffness of any steel

-   Modest fatigue strength

-   Big and thin tubes meant easy to damage

-   Cannot be easily repaired or strengthen


Steel




-   Very strong

-   One-third the stiffness of any steel

-   Modest fatigue strength

-   Big and thin tubes meant easy to damage

-   Cannot be easily repaired or strengthen


-   Isn’t the right material for light frames or large riders

-   Prone to rust



Carbon Fiber





-  Controllable stiffness and strength

-   Excellent fatigue strength

-   Density level is half of steel

-   Most resilient of frames

-   Good fatigue strength


-   Expensive material

-   Prone to breakage if not patterned correctly


Titanium

-   Do not rust

-   A light frame for heavy and big riders

-   Stiffness is only half of steel

-   Can be flexy

-   Difficult to repair

-   Expensive

Frame Size

     Consider your size and the frame size. Of course, the bike frame couldn’t be smaller or larger than you. Does the frame fit in with your body’s dimensions? You must consider if the frame size will be able to accommodate someone as big or as small as you. When you say frame size of the bike, it usually means the length of the seat tube. You can determine the right size of the frame that will fit you by measuring your actual height or the length of your inside leg (inseam).

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     How to measure inseam? That’s simple. First, you have to understand that your inside leg length is the length of your thigh to your ankle. To get the measurement, you will need a measuring tape and a thin hard-cover book or a clipboard. Slide the book or the clipboard between your legs and put it as high as the pubic bone. Make sure that you are wearing tight leggings because jeans and other clothing may affect the result. Extend the measuring tape until the end reaches the inside of your foot (you can slip the tape’s end between your toes) and stretch it until it reaches the protruding edge of the book or the clipboard near your crotch. Mark the numbers. The result inches or centimeters is the measurement of your inseam.

     Here are the frame size charts that you can look for guidance with:

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