How do you define a performance bicycle?
If we are going to talk about performance, we need to agree on terms. Well, since I am writing this article, I’ll tell you what I think performance is. Many people tend to define the word performance as the ability to offer top speeds, top maneuverability or top smooth mechanical functioning. We might say that a performance bike is a top-of-the-line bicycle.
I agree that all of those definitions certainly describe what the world thinks is the concept of performance, I’d like to offer an alternative point of view. I’m sure that we would all like to be a legendary racer. We know that that is not possible, so why not concentrate on being the best that we can be. And while we won’t break any world records, having high performance, to me, is being the fastest I can be or riding the longest distance we can manage on any given day.
For the non-professional bike rider, even if you consider yourself a more serious bike rider, performance, in my opinion, just means finding the bike that best fits your lifestyle. And this is going to include things other than riding a race at high speed.
The best bike for the more common owner has several non-race related factors to consider. How much can you afford? How good a shape are you in. Do you have to carry the bike up four flights when you get home? Is the bike too heavy to lift? There are other practical considerations you may want to think about which apply to your specific situation. There are more important things than just shaving a couple seconds off of your mile.
One thing to you might want to consider is where you will be storing your bike. Also, think about where it will be kept when you ride it to various destinations. A really expensive bike is a temptation in some places for someone to ride off with it. You want a good bike, but you need to consider just how much you want to spend and the resultant risk that that means.
I could talk all day about the subject of non-flashy bikes. If we are truly going to go green, we need to learn to recycle and reuse. The term recycle bicycles sounds like your repeating yourself, but you know what I mean. I’ve said it before, if you’re in the market for a bike, look for a used one. It saves the environment and it saves your wallet. And, what’s cool is, you can upgrade and get a bike that might have been out of your price range if you had bought it new. But used, it suddenly is affordable.
I know, I’m kind of getting off the subject. I tend to get on my soap box when I start talking about the environment and begin green. But, consider your needs and interests and seriously consider the kind of bike you should have. Keeping to the subject of performance, make sure you get one that will perform in all the environments that you might subject it to. Then, you’ll truly have a high-performance bicycle.