How To Buy A Road Bike – Tips From Experts!
Size Is Key For Comfort & Performance
The most expensive, highly recommended bike would do you no good at all if it doesn’t fit. Size more than anything else is key. The right sized bike, even if it is used and abused, will feel far better and be more enjoyable than a poorly sized new road bike. Go to a bike shop and get sized. Tell them that this is what you are there for, and that you are still a bit away from buying a bike. They will be able to size you accordingly and make recommendations as to what kinds of bikes and shapes you should be looking for. While it may take some time, it will also make your experience on the road far more pleasant than if you just guessed.
You Are Buying A Series Of Replaceable Parts
When it comes to purchasing your road bike, understand that you are buying a series of replaceable parts connected to the frame. If the seat or the pedals don’t ‘wow’ you, then don’t give up on the road bike just yet. More often than not, the seat and pedals are a placeholder and it is assumed that you will have your own selection regarding both already made. The same is true for gearshifts and breaks as well. Depending on what you are looking for, you may decide to either invest or forgo investing in certain things for your bike. No part of your bike is designed to last forever and going into the process knowing that you will replace things will make it easier to find what you are looking for.
The Question Of Materials
One of the most frequently asked questions we get when asked how to buy a road bike regards materials used. Do the materials the bike is made out of really make that much of a difference? The answer is anything but satisfying. The three most common material types include carbon, aluminum, and steel. Steel framed bikes can be found just about anywhere and provide a solid overall riding experience. Aluminum isn’t seen much beyond featherweight climbers as well as low-end bikes. Carbon fiber is the most popular but has with it the added cost that typically sees it being sold between $1,000 and $10,000. It will all come down to your intended use and purpose. For daily commute, you may not have to go that fancy.
The Question Of Speed
Outside of very cheap or poorly made bikes, you will not improve your speed with more expensive bikes. There is only so much a bike can do to help you go faster. Having a responsive gearshift and knowing what is the best for the situation at hand will help a lot. Beyond that, price will do little for improving speed. Be aware that a lot of bikes are sold with the legacy of being used by race winners and the like. There is no reason why these bikes will be anything but more expensive than similar bikes that provide a similar level of performance.
Your Bike Will Say Something
The amount you spend on your bike will make a lot of difference in a few key ways. While it may not improve your speed, it can improve your comfort. It can make replacing parts in the future easier or more challenging. It can also make your bike stand out. This can be good and bad. Your bike standing on while you peddle with friends can be a great conversation starter. It can also make your bike a possible theft target and lead to you having to carefully safeguard it when other bikes would be less conspicuous. Sometimes it can be a very good idea to blend in.
Good luck as you continue your research and approach buying your ideal road bike!