“Checking out road bicycles for sale? Let this guide help you pick the right one. Read it now!”
You couldn’t pick a better time to shop for a new road bike. Today, manufacturers offer more models than ever in a wider variety of price points. And component companies make an exceptional array of top-notch wheels, brakes and shifting systems that operate like never before. For example, it’s possible to get 20-speed drivetrains that shift blink quick, and wheelsets so light that pedaling is effortless. In fact, there are so many attractive choices today, that if you just walked into our store, you might be overwhelmed.
Don’t be. Having a lot of choices is a wonderful thing because it drastically increases the likelihood you’ll find the perfect bike — as long as you know a little about what’s available.
To help, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide for finding the ideal road rig. We explain the decisions you need to make and offer advice on everything from frame materials and wheels to gearing and component choices. To start, though, you need to do some self analysis (therapist not required).
Answer These Questions
Before visiting our showroom, define yourself a bit. Consider how you’ll use the new bike once you get it, as well as where you’ll pedal once you’ve had the machine for a while. And ask yourself a few questions to figure out what model’s right. Are you:
A new cyclist?
Into improving fitness (medium to long rides)?
Interested in touring?
Training for an event?
Getting into road racing or triathlon?
Thinking of commuting to work/around town?
Also, consider how many miles you might log per week, or year. And think about your tendencies in purchasing other things. For example, do you demand the highest quality, or are you more apt to look for reasonable quality and lower cost? Do you dig trick, high-tech gadgets or are you satisfied with simpler designs? Additionally, it helps to know about how much you want to spend because that’s a quick way to focus the selection process on the appropriate models.
Answering these questions will ensure that you get the best bicycle. We’ll be able to show you models with the right features for your needs, interests and budget. And you’ll soon be sailing down the pavement with a big grin on your face. There are lots of fascinating variables in choosing a modern road bike. The rest of this article explains these choices so you’ll have an easier time selecting your dream machine.
Frame And Fork Materials
Although over the years there have been such interesting designs as bamboo (still available!) and plastic frames, current road bikes are made of one or blends of these four materials: steel, aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber (carbon). More at BUYER’S GUIDE TO ROAD BICYCLES