With new faster, lighter and sportier road bikes making their way into the bicycle market every year you are bound to get tempted to get a new one sooner or later but beware this isn’t as simple as it sounds. It’s a road littered with mistakes but to make things easier today I am going to share with you the 5 things you shouldn’t do.
Get the bike without a test ride
You can never know how well the bike fits or how smooth is the handling or braking until and unless you take it for a spin and not just a simple ride in the parking lot but in fact a ride on the actual road. Most bike shops or manufacturers provide free demo bikes.
If possible get it on rent for a day or two. Make sure the saddle and handlebars are comfortable and adjustable, the gear and brakes aren’t too hard to reach, pedal quality is good and also how it performs on climbs and descents.
You ignore your goals
An honest advice I give to people looking for a new bike is to get a goal oriented bike. If you’re not competing avoid quick bikes and if you’re not planning to hit the trails avoid a mountain bike. Also ignore bikes that need too many modifications.
New attachments, fittings etc. often change the overall characteristics of a bike. So if you’re stuck with a one that needs too many changes I would suggest you either wait or continue to look around.
You ignore the accessories
While most of us set out a budget for a new bike we often forget about the numerous accessories we need along with the bike for a relaxing and safe ride.
Most manufacturers include a floor pump, extra tubes, levers etc. as a package deal but even if they cost a couple of extra bucks they remain a must buy. Apart from that also look for new lights, a helmet, pair of shorts etc.
You buy it for the offer
If the bike you’ve tested isn’t the right model or does not provide the comfort or features you’re wanting then avoid purchasing it simply because of the offer or bargained price. Your road bike is an investment and the right choice will last you for years.
If you take your rides seriously you’ll end up spending 2-3 hours on it and thus being comfortable is important even if it means waiting a couple of months for the right fit or model.
You ignore custom made bikes
In case you are a pro and unable to find a bike that best fits your requirements and features I would suggest you opt for a custom built bike. Get in touch with a dealer, share with him the measurements, past experiences, likes, dislikes, color you’d prefer etc.
Make sure the dealer shares images and constant updates with you. Though slightly expensive it’s the ideal way to get the perfect bike fit.