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A beginner’s guide to buying a road bike

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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.

This article doesn’t go into specifics of exactly what bike you should buy. Rather we raise the common questions a good bike shop employee may ask if you walked in and said: “I want to buy a road bike”.

We’ve broken this guide into three steps (with a fourth as a nice to have), and you’ll find that these steps are often intertwined. Let’s get started.

See the full review at:
https://cyclingtips.com/2021/02/a-beginners-guide-to-choosing-a-road-bike

Music by Epidemic Sound

Includes paid promotion: Our second Field Test was done in partnership with Ride High Country, the tourism and advocacy group responsible for cycling within Victoria’s North East region. We thank them for their support in being able to produce this series.

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.