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Test drive.(6 posts)

Test drive.TrinsTwin15
Aug 14, 2001 5:29 PM
Could someone explain to me the elements of a good test drive? How long should one be and how far should I go? I always feel embarrased and like a burden to the clerk so mine are fairly short and I end up regreting it later. I really want a '01 Spec. Sirrus Comp. (that's a good bike, I'm told) and they have one at this store but I didn't really get to test it out. I just circled the parking lot a few times. I know that's not good enough to make an informed decision on. How can I get a better test drive? You know what I mean?
Bought a Spec . Sirrus Comp six months ago.wink
Aug 14, 2001 5:41 PM
This was the first bike I bought in a while and I did not test drive it. I have no regrets. The LBS fitted me properly, adjusted the pedals cleats. Off I went. Road 80 miles my first ride and got real comfortable. I think the fit and the adjustments are just as important as a test drive. Let me know if you have any other questions on the Sirrus Comp. I have been puting about 200 miles per week this summer.
re: Test drive.Hank
Aug 14, 2001 5:48 PM
the main thing is get set up properly on the bike before you test ride it. If the stem is too long/short or high/low or the seat is to high/low or too far back/forward, it's going to throw off your perception. So make sure the shop takes the time to get you comfortable on the bike (well, they probably won't be willing to swap stems, but at least you should be able to dial in your seat position). You should measure the hell out of your current bike, too, before going in. Measure you the height from the bb to the top of your seat. That will help you narrow your choices and set the bike up faster. When you ride, don't get overly concerned with the shifting performance (although bad shifting could indicate that it's a lame shop). And bring along a 5mm allen so you can continue to fiddle with the seat position if need be. Bring your riding clothes, and even your clipless pedals, and go for as long as you need. Also, make sure they pump up the tires! Road bikes tend to sit around in bike shops -- chances are it'll have 50psi in the tires. You'll find a lot of boneheads working the sales floors of some shops, so sometimes you have to take the initiative yourself. And don't feel pressured to buying a bike that doesn't fit or feel right. Good luck.
Check out this sight....Len J
Aug 15, 2001 9:23 AM

They have a great article on how to test ride a bike.

Aug 15, 2001 7:26 PM
Thanks all!
Test drive.TrinsTwin15
Aug 15, 2001 7:33 PM
I just checked out the article from and I must say that that is a very, very good article. I learned so much from reading it. Now, I won't feel so overwhelmed when I go in. I will go back soon to have a better drive. Thanks!