Buying a bicycle

Buying your first road cycle

If you have been riding an old bike and you’ve discovered that you love riding and want to get a road bike that you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come. Then it is time for you to put your shopping shoes on.

What should you be looking for in a bicycle?

The first thing that you want to consider before you start shopping for that new bike is comfort. If you buy a bicycle just because it looks ok and its the right price then you’ll have problems latter on down the road. Those things are important but fitting a bike to your build should be your most important step.

You will need to consider your height and proportion when you are looking to fit yourself with the right bike. There are some very good tutorials online for doing that. The first basic principle is that you should be able to stand flat footed over the bike without having to lean sideways. Best case scenario is that you have a couple of inches between the top of your inseam and the top tube of the bicycle. In some cases however you will not be able to have that couple of inches if you have short legs for your height. I myself am 6’1” but I have short legs for that height. It is however recommended that you fit your upper body rather than your lower body because if your bike is too short from seat to handle bars you will be crunched up and your back and neck will pay the consequences. Here is a guide that will get you close to the right bike for your height. Height Guide.

How much should you pay for your bike?

There are some very nice bikes out today for around 200 dollars. There are really nice bikes out there for around 1000 dollars. Then there are the 2600 dollars and up bikes. I have owned one of each. I presently ride one that falls in the 1000 dollar range. If you look carefully at the different bikes and there differences you will see that there are some important differences between the 200 dollar bike and the 1000 dollar bike. But it is my opinion that there is not that much difference between the 1000 dollar bike and the more expensive ones. I think that the most difference I find is availability and service. You get a lot more service from the sellers of the expensive bikes than you do the cheaper ones. They will fit you to the right bike and make sure that you have everything that you need. But if you take a little time to research the bikes and be sure that you get the right bike for you then you will be just as happy and still have some money left in your pocket.

That’s all for now. See you on the road.

Tony R.