A beginner’s guide to buying a road bike. Looking to get your first road bike or perhaps upgrade to something fresh? Welcome! In this article (and video) we’ll discuss the broad steps to consider in your research, and hopefully, narrow your focus in what can be an extremely overwhelming purchase decision.
How to Specify Your Road Bike: A methodical approach to all the decisions for buying or building a road bike
This is a shorter and more specific version of “How to Specify Your Bike” that focuses just on road bikes (including general road bikes, winter bikes, gravel bikes and aero/TT bikes).Whether you are seeking guidance for buying a complete new bike, upgrading your current one or looking to build one from individual components, this book walks you through the process from start to finish – ensuring you are clear on your needs and that the end-result delivers accordingly.This book will also help you understand all the features you need to consider, such as the type of brakes, gear-ratio selection and the different component standards available.Key considerations and trade-offs such as cost and weight are described in detail, with worked examples provided to help you with budgeting.Guidelines are also provided regarding where to buy your bike and components as well as useful information of what to be aware of when assembling your components. The book is not however a workshop manual and thus does not provide build instructions.