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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Shimano Road Bike Components Hierarchy

A groupset is a bicycle component manufacturer’s organized collection of mechanical parts that make up the drive train of a bicycle. It refers to the components that make up a bicycle, excluding the frame, saddle, handlebars, pedals, fork and wheels. Shimano manufactures the largest percentage of bicycle components worldwide, with five major road bike groupsets available to the consumer. They begin with Sora and graduate up in relation to cost with Tiagra, 105, Ultegra and ending with Dura-Ace, the most expensive Shimano groupset. [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…]

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…]

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…]