Things To Look For When Buying A Road Bike

Our Reader Score
[Total: 1 Average: 5]
It can be intimidating looking at road bikes for the first time. This is not to say it be your first time cycling but it is easy to get out of practice or choose a model that may not be suitable for you. There is the fear of going into a shop and not knowing what is right and feeling like a novice.

Things To Look For When Buying A Road BikeThe first thing to remember is that nobody has the right to make you feel that way, regardless of what you are buying. The vast majority of the time, the shop you are dealing with want to find the right model for you and want you to feel comfortable. Like anything, you should shop around and find the people who make the process easier. While it is important to be knowledgeable, it is equally vital that they know how to apply that knowledge to your own personal needs.

The more expensive models will be lighter and have more rigid frames. The mid-priced range is generally sufficient as the main difference with the top range is that they are usually mostly lighter in weight.

Staff members should also be able to help measure you up for a bike that suits your own height. No matter how expensive a bike is if it does not fit you then it will not be comfortable to ride. It is like choosing clothes and in the same sense, the fit is important.

Generally, experienced riders usually prefer a two ring set of gears at the front of the bike and this will usually be the case with the more expensive models. This does not, however, mean that a third set is wrong and many riders find them better for the more grueling rides, especially when going up hills. This set is often referred to as the granny gear. Over time, you will learn whether or not this is suitable for your cycling route.

With most manufacturers, there will usually be around 9 to 10 gears around the back of the bike. Usually, though this is not crucial. In terms of gears, the front is the place to focus on. However, this is all irrelevant if the bicycle does not fit you, regardless of how expensive the model is!

There are a number of charts online that can show you the measurements that should match you to the ideal bike for you. This is especially important if you are purchasing online, as you will not be able to physically measure the model. Colour and style are important too, as it is part of that psychological comfort zone you need. Self-confidence is a big part of any exercise but enormously important with something that should last as long as a bicycle.

Comparing prices is important when buying a road bicycle, but you should bear in mind every aspect, like the cost of a pump, a puncture repair kit, and a safety helmet. The more expensive models will be lighter with more rigid frames, but generally, the mid-priced manufacturer models are usually sufficient. If in any doubt, you should look at cycling blogs, professional organizations, and review websites to help you find the right model to suit your own personal needs. The more information you have, the easier it will be to be able to shop around.