Cheap Road Bikes

Ready to ride? Here are some good bikes at lower costs.

Diamondback Overdrive

It is virtually impossible to find an authentic mountain bike for less than $500, but the Overdrive ($600) comes pretty close. This 29er hard tail sports the same aluminum frame as the Overdrive Pro, a $1,750 bike, but it depends on cheaper parts to hit this budget price. The result isn’t a perfect bike, but it’s plenty fun on smooth to semi-technical trails and it would be hard to get more bike for the cost. [Read more…]

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105 vs Dura Ace Road Bike Components

Shimano is a Japanese company that first entered the American bike market in the 1970’s. Shimano has about 50% of the component market; they seem to be the brand that the others are compared to. They make components for the Dura Ace, the 105, and the Ultegra, and their reputation is well deserved.

You see comments on bike threads throughout the internet that tell you not to mix and match parts from various manufacturers, then you read most of them are going to work together well. The lesson here is to ask, ask, ask, and make sure you have compatible parts. If you are a purist, then the problem is solved for you. [Read more…]

How to Fit A Road Bike

According to Cycling Tips.com, there is an exact science to fit a road bike to your measurements. Sure, you can pay $300 for someone to “expertly” fit you to a bike, but the following tips, taken directly from their website, will save you money and give you the same results.

Here, then, are the precise ways to get a good fit for your road bike:

A bike fit has three basic parameters: correct saddle height, correct saddle-to-stem distance, and correct fore and aft saddle position. Research overseen by Dr. Kristophe de Timze at M.I.T found with 700 test subjects that key upper to lower body proportions are perfectly suited for bike fit approximations. [Read more…]

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…]

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…]