Before you set out to traverse the trail this season it is a good idea to take a look at the old bicycle to make sure that it is actually ready to handle another season. If it has been awhile since you’ve purchased your bicycle you may want to consider getting a new one, especially if it has been over a decade since you purchased yours. Technology has improved quite a bit since then, and if you are an avid rider you ought to be taking advantage of those improvements. So do you know what to look for in a hybrid bike if it is time to purchase a new one?

Since these are designed for off-road use from the start the frame of the bicycle is important in determining the terrain that it can handle. Most riders use cross-country bikes which our designed to handle fairly level terrain, while providing a comfortable ride.

If you are looking for a model that will perform better on rocky terrain you may want to look into one with a full suspension system, meaning that both the front and rear tires have suspension systems. Those with full suspension systems are heavier then those with partial system, but the payoff comes on rough terrain when you still have a comfortable ride.

If you are looking for something a bit more heavy duty then you may want to consider a trail design. They are growing in popularity since they combine a nice balance of suspension and performance. When choosing a trail design you will want to give special attention to the free play of the wheel.

If you are new to riding it is recommended that you invest in a trail model for your first purchase. For the professional cyclist all terrain models provide the highest amount of suspension possible. Some all-mountain models even feature 29-inch tires which allow riders to power over any obstacle, even though they are not recommended for shorter riders.

If you want to get a good one, you need to be able to ask for assistance from those who know mountain trails well, and there is no better place to find a well-informed biker than in a cycle shop. They often cost a bit more at a bicycle shop, but these retailers have a tendency to stand by their products and a pro can help you make sure that you are making the best investment of your money.

Now that you know how to shop, it is time to go and get ready to hit the trails. Having made the investment in a new bike you want to make sure that you get the most use out of it possible by going out to ride on a regular basis.

When you find the one that has the feature list that you want along with a price that is in your budget then you can start making plans for how you are going to spend the next biking season. Here’s hoping you find exactly what you need this year and happy trails to you.