How to Buy a Racing Bicycle

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

You will need

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

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.

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.

Step 3 Opt for adjustable seat Opt for an adjustable seat to get the most comfortable ride.

Step 4 Choose quality components Choose quality bike components from reputable companies. Shimano and Campagnolo are two respected names.

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.

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.

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.