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How to Pick a Bicycle : Road Bike Tips & Advice

How to Pick a Bicycle : Road Bike Tips & Advice


Hi, this is Aaron Phillips for Expert Village.
Let’s talk about choosing the right bike for you. I am here with a road bike. This is a
road bike that is made for racing. So let’s say you know, you have been hanging around
on the couch the last few summers and you are certified member of the I watch the Tour
de France club and you are ready to get off the couch, stop watching that TV and start
trying to turn it out like those guys do and you know forgetting and you decide you don’t
want to go and you just actually want to ride. This the bike for you. So head down to your
local bike shop and start talking road bike with those guys. Road bikes are a wonderful
thing to have, if you just want, if you just got to have a dose of speed and you want to
get out on that road and just get that sort of adrenaline rush of arching through the
turns, leaning into those turns and really testing your tires, your spirit, your will,
your aerobic capacity, you name it, the road bike is the thing that you want to be on.
This road bike as you can see, you have got a little bit of a higher saddle than your
bars and what that does is put you in a little bit more aggressive body position, so when
you are riding on this bike and you are riding on a typical position with your hands and
these brakes hubs, ready to shift and you are sitting in that saddle, you are pretty
aerodynamic. You can also, with the bar that you have on a road bike, this is called a
drop bar or a racing handlebar, you can get into these drops on the downhills or even
on a flat if you are in a head wind and you can get a lot of aerodynamic advantage with
this bike and there by allowing you to just keep your speed up whether you are racing,
you are training, you are just that weekend warrior wanting to have a little dose of speed
on the weekends. The frame material of most road bikes; road bikes focus on lightweight.
This is, the frame material here, is aluminum, it is a Columbus scwadge aluminum and it is
extruded and butted. I won’t get into the sort of engineering details but there is all
kinds of stuff that makes this bike lighter. For example, the tubes are thicker at the
junctions, inside you have got multiple thickness of the junction and then in the middle of
the tube you are almost completely hollow, it is like your Easter bunny rabbit there,
almost completely hollow here. So this is aluminum the main two triangles, this front
triangle and this back triangle of the bike are made of aluminum. There is a little bit
of carbon fiber on this bike. The seat post is made out of carbon fiber, as is the front
fork, this is a carbon fiber front fork, carbon fiber seat post. And carbon fiber is a wonderful
way to make a bike light and rigid and strong and very responsive. So, that is what you
are looking for. A lot of new road bikes, if you are into spending a couple of thousands
of dollars or more, are going to come with fully carbon frames. That gives you a little
bit more just lightweight than aluminum and you can get bikes that weigh as few as fifteen
pounds. In international competitions like the Tour de France and the Tour de California
here in the U.S. in the climbing stages the riders have to keep their climbing bikes below
about fourteen point eight pounds and they have difficulty doing that because light bikes
with today’s frame materials can be so light, that they can easily come under that fourteen
point eight pounds weight limit.

100 comments on “How to Pick a Bicycle : Road Bike Tips & Advice

  1. pretty good for 3:42 but a 3 minute explanation??? C'mon, what 's up w/that? Geeze, these should be 10 min vids! He coulda mentioned that 'carbon' is a killer vibration dampener. All carbon is the deal, but a seat post/fork that way will help. Vibration = fatigue

  2. I was told that you cant use the brakes in this position. Not good for road racing. Aerobars seem to be a track thing.

  3. Yeah, but Califee is the world's only bike company that makes a bamboo-frame bike. I saw it at Cyco Path in Temecula, CA!

  4. Picking a bike. Buying a prior year model can save money. No noticeable innovations if any and would still be enjoying the pleasure of riding a brand new bicycle.

  5. That's quite right – however if there have been upgrades to the gruppo line, then there will be some difference but definitely, if you are on a budget look at previous season or second-hand bikes.

  6. This shouldn't be a video- nor should this guy be getting paid to do this. After a minute-long extended metaphor, I learned nothing. I still do not know what size bicycle is right for my height, where to buy one, what parts to look for, what is a decent price, etc. This did not help me choose a bicycle.

  7. road bike like that 1500 they could go up 2 3000 but an alluminum dura ace combonents probably like 2 or 3 hundred with a good set of wheels

  8. You might want to start at an entry level road bike. These are still really good quality as far as average consumer bikes go and cost around $500 to $600.

  9. Try craiglist, they have a pretty big selection of road bikes and components at about half the price of a new one.

  10. With 60% of americans overwieght, on that bike they would be knee thier belly…. Most better start with a hybird… That is what I did and after 5 years I now have a road bike with the bars that low… Also, a 250 pound person on that bike just might kill the wheels..

  11. The first question you need to ask yourself is do you want to weigh it or do you want to ride it? Both aluminum and carbon are awful materials to construct bikes from. Weight only matters while riding uphill and at that it really is only about 1% of what is significant. Carbon frames and components can easily snap or shatter over minor collisions and can cause death or injury. Don't believe industry hype, ride an old school lugged steel frame, they handle much better and are safer.

  12. @JETHO321 You are a criminal and lazy, and do not deserve to have driving priveliges. I hope you are punished!

  13. @ctrlaltdlt01 hey bro should i get a mountain bike or road bike ? coz i just wana use it during evenings to cycle around my neighbourhood to sweat a little. and is a road bike hard to balance ? coz the tyre looks super thin and hard to use ! haha

  14. This video did not say how to properly pick a bike. Contrary to what that guy in the video said, that's not a racing bike. Because that's the Allez model and it's mostly for beginner road bike riders and it has a Columbus aluminum frame. Racing bike frames nowadays pretty much are all made from high modulus carbon fiber.

  15. @ocf1fan1 Yes, that's for high quality. I was just telling him what to expect to pay for one that isn't completely shit.

  16. If you've never ridden a road bike before, I'd suggest a triple chain ring if you live in a mountainous area. Unless you're super strong you'll end up straining your legs on the steep hills with a 50, 39 chainset. Also, get used to the feel and the balance. I've never ridden a proper road bike before.

  17. I don't know what everyones problem is. Because he just gave the best answer ever. Just visit a store and ask those. Because you propably already knew you wanted to drive a road bike.

    It might also help to ask someone on the internet and check (brand) of components and the (frame) material on your bike and see what fits your style the most.

    Without any knowledge at first hand (drviing a scott sportster so knowing what racing might mean) I am awaiting a scott speedster (s10) to come.

  18. I'd like a get myself a road bike ! They're so cool. Just a frame and wheels. The problem is I can't decide what to have, what brand, what type, I do like the clean c look of classic bikes made around 1980, but is it the way to go for a first roadbike? There are newer bikes for the same amount of money – with better componants, brakes, wheels…unt so wieter. Do you have an advice for me, for my first roadbike? Am I getting too much attention to the looks, better go for the performance ?

  19. 'head down to your local bike shop and start talking road bikes with those guys'……wow, what a piece of advice!!
    This guy is a total tit!!

  20. @Tayrte You will not find anything worth it for $100 not even close. Even if you go 500 you will be on a very mediocre bike (most of the time). $700-800 will get you a pretty exceptionable starter bike.

  21. I know what a bike is. I just want to go from a normal bike to a road bike. On the different manufacturer websites there is like 50 different models of road bike, I kind of one some into to weed some of those choices down. Thanks for not giving any good info yet again expert village.

  22. because any moron can make a video and loaded up to expert village, that's why they have a lot of dislikes. Mediocre people giving advice something they know shit about

  23. Hmm I was thinking of purchasing a road bike in the region of £450, any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks:)

  24. "The seat post is made of carbon fiber as is the front fork. This is uuhh ummm carbon fiber front fork, carbon fiber seat post."

    So what I'm looking for is a top tube that's kinda like the Easter rabbit, a main front and rear triangle and some carbon fiber uhh umm.

    I bet you are very aerodynamic because everything goes "WHOOSH" over your head.

  25. Hi, I have a trek 3500 with 26" wheels, I want to change to a road bike, will I notice a difference  when peddling on a 26"  Bontrager tyre compared to a Trek 1.1 Bontrager T1, 700x25c tyre?  I need to do 60 miles, the most I have done is 34 on my mountain bike and that was hard. 

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