7 points to consider when buying your first road bike

Robert Gaggini
Bike Shop


Everyone has owned a cheap bike or a "hand me down". Cycling is cheap, that is a fact because there are 9 million bicycles in Beijing.


Therefore to pay thousands of dollars for a new bike takes some justification.


A reliable motor vehicle can be bought for the price of a road bike, although I would ask why would you do that?


You want to buy a road bike but what to consider?


Always pay a few more dollars than what you initially thought

Firstly ensure that you do not pay what you cannot afford. However you probably should pay more than what you initially thought. Durability and Reliability come with a price. You will get to appreciate the quality that comes with price. Secondly, accessories are initially not allowed for, and shoes, pedals, helmet, pump can add considerably to the final price.

 

Do your research

 

You need a good idea of what type of bike riding you will be doing and how you are likely to progress. Become the expert on market value. Different price ranges are mostly based on group set. End of season deals provide bargains but beware of sizing. The second hand market is an option but may not be suitable for reasons I will later explain.

 

Two Essential Criteria.

 

I have 2 essential criteria, each one as important as the other.

  • Buy the bike you really love! Whether it is the look, the colour or the style. You will forget about the price, after you have walked out of the bike shop if you have chosen YOUR bike.
  • The bike that you really love must fit perfectly! If your bike does not fit, you will not enjoy riding it! Do not buy it. Beware of second hand and end of season sales!
New Bike
New Bike

After Sale Value


Have an arrangement with the bike shop that will enable you to exchange components within a certain time frame of purchase. This provides the opportunity to optimise comfort. Saddle, stem length, handle bar width are all opportunities for exchange that may be considered.


Upgrade

 

There are a range of upgrades that can be considered at purchase. The most worthwhile is the wheel set. Depending on your intended riding, upgrading wheels can provide significant benefit. However, this can come at a considerable cost.

 

Optional Extras

 

Apart from the obvious items such as pedals, shoes, clothing, computer, spares, track pump etc, I recommend a purchasing a power meter at the time of purchase. Depending on your power meter, you may end up with parts that you do not require if you purchase post delivery.


Cleaning and Maintenance

Buy a bike cleaning and maintenance and look after your beautiful new bike!


Thank You for Reading. Please Share.

Robert Gaggini
Mt Gambier Winner 2005

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Robert Gaggini is founder of Adelaide Cycling Academy and owner of Infuga Retreat. As a cycling coach Robert brings years of experience to a wide range of Cycling Activities.

 

Winner of multiple cycle races including Mt Gambier 100mile classic 2005, and Alphutte 2003, (4th in 2012). Participant in a variety of endurance events including Paris-Brest-Paris, and is a 40km per day commuter for over 20years.

 

If you require any assistance with training plans, cycle coaching or if you just want to ride faster, Robert is happy to assist.

 

 

 

 

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