Millions of people worldwide are riding bikes, from the casual rider to the competitive athlete. The question you must face is what is the best bike for me. To help determine the best road bike for you there are several things you should consider first.
Why do I want to ride?
How much should I pay for a road bicycle?
What differences are there between the lower and higher priced bikes?
Determining the reason why you want to ride a bicycle is very important and the reason why it is the first question we must ask ourselves. If you aren’t interested in riding regularly then you may be able to just purchase an entry level no frills bike. There will be less need for ongoing maintenance because you won’t be riding as many miles. There will, however still be a certain amount of maintenance that will need to be done on the bicycle. You may not have a need for the upgraded components because you don’t need to shave a few seconds off your times. The corollary to this is that the lower priced bike’s components will wear out quicker and not be as efficient as the higher priced bikes.
The Tommaso Road Bike is a fine example of a mid priced bike that offers both quality and better pricing.
The price of the road bike will be the deciding factor for many people when they start looking for a new road bike. Most entry-level bikes will run you about 250 to 450 dollars depending on what bike you buy and where you decide to buy it. This bike will be ok for you if you are a casual rider and don’t plan on logging a lot of miles on the bike. If you were planning on riding more than just once or twice a week then you would be better off buying a mid-range road bike.
The mid-range road bikes will cost you anywhere from 500 – 1,000 dollars, once again depending on the bike and where you buy it. If you are considering using your new road bike for more than just a leisurely ride then you should buy a bike that will hold up to the rigors of everyday use. The higher-range road bikes can range dramatically in price and can reach prices in the 7000 dollar range with the lower end of the spectrum at around 1200 – 2000 dollars.
It is the quality of each component that ultimately determines the price of the bike and it’s inherent value. A novice may not notice that his low priced bicycle weighs 20 pounds and he has trouble shifting when traversing a steep incline, while the more experienced rider sails by him on his 14-pound carbon fiber frame road bicycle that seems to shift effortlessly without missing a single tooth with his upgraded crank and derailleur. An entry level cyclist may not realize how much he had to slow down to negotiate a turn until the more experienced rider with a better road bike screams past him without missing a beat.
When you are ready to purchase your next road bike refer to these few examples. The key is knowledge and picking the bike that will meet not only your short-range goals but your long-range goals also. Base your decision by choosing a bike that has stood the test of time and has a manufacturer that is well known in the cycling community for producing a quality product.