How to Buy a Racing Bicycle

Designed to be light and aerodynamic, a racing bike is what you need for speed.


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You Will Need

  • Bike style
  • Compact gearing
  • Adjustable seat
  • Quality components
  • Reputable bike store
  • Test ride
  • Internet access
  • Compact gearing (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Choose style

    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.

  2. Mid-range bikes usually cost $800 to $2,000. Performance bikes can cost $2,000 and up.

  3. Step 2

    Know gears

    Know that most road racing bikes have 20 gears. Consider compact gearing if you ride over hilly terrain for greater ease without sacrificing speed.

  4. Step 3

    Opt for adjustable seat

    Opt for an adjustable seat to get the most comfortable ride.

  5. Step 4

    Choose quality components

    Choose quality bike components from reputable companies. Shimano and Campagnolo are two respected names.

  6. Step 5

    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.

  7. Step 6

    Test ride

    Take your bike on a test ride to make sure you're comfortable on it and ensure you get the proper fit.

  8. Step 7

    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.

  9. A survey found that men are nearly twice as likely as women to ride their bicycles at least once a week in the summer months.