Best Bike for Under $2,000

Need a new road bike? Budget is under $2,000? You have options.

Of course, you can always ask in your local store, but that can be sometimes a slightly biased opinion and it’s still very little. What you’re really looking for is a bunch of experiences from as many people as possible.

Here comes to play our great friend – the internet. Literally in minutes, you can find out some websites, discussions, or blogs where people simply share their findings and experiences. We found several bikes that were labeled “The Best Bike for Under $2,000”, but discovered this one to be a standout: [Read more…]

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Carbon vs. Aluminum Carbon Road Bikes

This is an age-old debate. Here, for your reading pleasure, are some points to take into consideration when you are ready to buy a new bike or bike frame:

Weight

It is generally accepted, though of course with exceptions, that carbon fiber road bikes are lighter than aluminum bikes. Aluminum is heavier than carbon, and it’s easier to fashion a frame to make it as light as possible from carbon than it is from aluminum.

It is possible, however, to buy quality aluminum bikes that are lighter than some carbon bikes. But the difference is negligible and may not support the increase in cost. Most serious bikers don’t make much ado about the difference unless it’s significant, and we haven’t found that to be true. [Read more…]

5 Carbon Road Bikes Under $2,000

A carbon fiber road bike is a bike with a frame made entirely out of carbon fiber. It is basically spun carbon that is coated with a type of epoxy and heat hardened. The result is a frame that is 10 times stronger than a steel equivalent, while being extremely light.

But it’s not all carbon fiber. It will also include some metal components, usually the crankset, the wheels, the shifters and various nuts and bolts will be metal. While carbon is strong and light, metal is better suited to certain applications. [Read more…]

Top Three Carbon Road Bike Factories

Virtually all carbon fiber bicycle component manufacturing for various bike brands occurs in China and Taiwan by one, or several carbon fiber component factories. The factories employ material and composites engineers who research and implement the ideas and proposed solutions of the bike brands. [Read more…]

ROAD BIKES FOR BEGINNERS

What to Look For

Consider the makeup of the frame. Road bikes can be found with different frame materials. Steel is the cheapest frame material, but aluminum offers a lighter frame. Consider your riding goals and habits. If you cruise around the neighborhood, the steel-framed bike may be your most economical choice. If you’re logging long miles, lighter aluminum frames may be better.
The best cheap road bikes include models of Trek, Schwinn, Tomasso, and Raleigh. [Read more…]