The Lance Armstrong controversy is all over the news. A cycling icon who has come crashing down to earth after his extensive drug use and doping evasion tactics came to light recently.
While there are mixed reactions to the events that have unfolded over the last few months – the words, "Enough is enough." said it all.
Personally speaking, I was touching when reading his book, "It's not about the bike", and feel like a complete imbecile because I've pretty much recommended it to just about every person who understands and appreciates what it takes to be the very best in the Tour D France .
As ugly as it has all turned out, and in being stripped of his titles as well as serving a lifetime ban, it will be a long long time before anyone even takes his advice on how to buy a bike let alone consider him to be a cycling icon.
The Benefits of Buying a Bike
Before I go on and on about how outraged most people (including yours truly) are at Armstrong's behavior, and his battle with cancer that was made into a book, let's focus instead on reasons why you should buy a bike instead, if only for the health benefits that it offers.
And there are quite a few ranging from improving heart health to increasing brain power and even saving the planet!
(Read this article for an extensive list of benefits associated with cycling, and one that the miserable son of a bitch should have read before he went and got loaded with performance-enhancing drugs!)
Yet there's another issue that might crop up is finding the right bike amongst a slew of choices that are usually available to cycling buffs these days, as opposed to a couple of decades ago.
#1: Before you head out to the store to take a look at some of the bikes that are on sale, it's a good idea to first think about what kind of riding you would participate in, be it trail riding to just doing a few rounds around your neighborhood. Based on this fact alone, you can zero in on a slew of bikes that are designed for this type of riding.
#2: Once you visit a bike store, the next thing that you must do is to test ride each of the bike that suits the kind of riding that you intend to do. Remember to eliminate bikes that make you feel stretched or cramped when riding and only go with those that feel just 'right'.
#3: Now, if you're smart, you won't put down your money right away. Visit a couple of other stores so as to test ride bikes that are similar to the ones that were acceptable when it came to comfort when test-riding.
#4: Once you're done test riding as many bikes as possible, compare the prices between the bikes (and the components offered) and pick the one that suits your budget best!
#5: Better still, once you are done test riding a number of bikes, do a detailed comparative analysis of the pros and cons associated with these bikes in question.
As for the Lance Armstrong scandal, if you're wondering if there was any logic behind this scandal that is now out in the open, read this article .
Do you have any tips on how to buy a bike that you would like to share? If yes, please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section.