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Every avid cyclist should know how to fix his bike; learn the basics in this video series.
You Will Need
- Bike style
- Compact gearing
- Adjustable seat
- Quality components
- Reputable bike store
- Test ride
- Internet access
- Compact gearing (optional)
Choose either a performance bike or a recreational model. Performance bikes are the lightest weight -- made from carbon fiber or lightweight alloy -- and the most expensive. Mid-range recreational bikes use aluminum frames with carbon forks.
Know that most road racing bikes have 20 gears. Consider compact gearing if you ride over hilly terrain for greater ease without sacrificing speed.
Opt for adjustable seat
Opt for an adjustable seat to get the most comfortable ride.
Choose quality components
Choose quality bike components from reputable companies. Shimano and Campagnolo are two respected names.
Go to a reputable bike store
Shop for your bike at a reputable bike store in order to get the correct fit, adjustments, and personal service.
Take your bike on a test ride to make sure you're comfortable on it and ensure you get the proper fit.
Score a deal
Score a deal online. If you know exactly what you want, you could find a great deal online on used bikes where pros regularly sell their old models.