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testing road bikes at shops(6 posts)

testing road bikes at shopscacc22
Apr 16, 2003 8:04 PM
i'm a beginner and am considering purchasing a road bike. does anyone have any tips during my test ride at the bike shop? for example, ride in different body positions? go slow, go fast? any thoughts, suggestions? thank you.
re: testing road bikes at shopsspyderman
Apr 17, 2003 2:56 AM
Find a reputable LBS... Make sure you get a good fit. Bring a fellow roadie... Ride it for awhile in many conditions... Test three before chosing one.

Most of all, enjoy yourself. To me, buying a new bike is like being a 7 yr old kid on Christmas morning.

Good luck!
re: testing road bikes at shopsContinental
Apr 17, 2003 5:55 AM
Take the longest ride that you can, but you won't really get a feel for the bike until you have about 500 miles on it, so be prepared to change stems, seat, seat position, brake position, maybe even tires. If the frame fit is close and the gearing is appropriate (get a triple chainring) you should be able to make the bike work well for you.
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Apr 17, 2003 6:15 AM

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re: testing road bikes at shopsDINOSAUR
Apr 17, 2003 7:54 AM
I might be helpful in some regards when it comes to sizing. But I've found it takes about 200 miles of riding (or more) before you really get a feel for the bike. I bought a new steel bike last year and I bounced back and forth between my old al bike and the new steel one for about eight months and I could not decide which one I preferred over the other. Then a couple of months ago I took a trip and took my old al bike and put in 200 miles riding the al bike day in a day out. Then I came home and jumped on my steel bike and rode it for 200 miles and havn't got off it since (unless it rains)....

I think the tip about finding a reputable bike shop that will take the time to fit you is the best advice. Most bike shops don't do any type of fitting at all and just push bikes out of the door. You might have to pay for this service, but a lot of shops refund the cost if you purchase from them.

Unfortunately personal preference is a biggy when it comes to cycling. Most of us find out what works for us by finding out first what doesn't work....

And the difference between the al bike and the steel one is probably because I insisted on being fitted when making the new purchase..

You should take the time to read as much as you can about bicycle fit and play around with some different sizing formulas in order to give you an idea of what you are dealing with...
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Apr 17, 2003 9:16 AM