Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Buying a Bike

Buying a new bike is an exciting experience…

It reminds you a bit of the time when you got your first bike as a kid… and you felt really free.. you could go anywhere.. even if your bike had training wheels.

As we grow older, I don’t think the feeling fades at all, the bike just gets more expensive and ‘training wheels’ are just wheels you use during the winter or when you’re not racing.

If this is your first time jumping into the world of bike shopping, then my goal is to help you avoid making some of the expensive mistakes I’ve made. This collection of reviews isn’t meant to cover all types of bikes.. there are just too many variants (mountain, trials, bmx, hybrids, etc).. rather, I’ll focus on what you can loosely call ‘road bikes’. This includes the now popular fixie/singlespeed bikes, cyclocross bikes, time trial/triathlon bikes, and the ‘standard’ road bike.

First of all, and most importantly, you need to begin by knowing what size bike will fit you best. So, the first post in this series is on bike fittings:

Buying a Bike – The Bike Fit

Stay tuned for the next post in this series…

However, I have compiled a few other posts that will be part of this series eventually:

On Tyres (Tires): 700 x 23/25 Road Tyres & Thoughts

My thoughts and experience with Campagnolo’s 11 Speed Chorus Groupset