Questions are coming at you from all directions:

  • How much should I spend?
  • What brands are the best?
  • How can I tell a good road bike from a bad one?
  • What makes a road bike different from a hybrid or regular bike?
  • What else do I need when buying a road bike?


Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. Buying a road bike is a big, and potentially expensive, step. It’s important to make sure that you’re knowledgeable about what you’re buying and why you’re buying it.


We’re going to try and answer all of the questions above, and more, in this blog. If you’re still confused or have more questions, there are plenty of ways to contact us which we’ll detail at the end.



Why are you buying a road bike?

The first thing to consider when buying your first road bike is the reason behind why you’ve decided that you need one. This is important as it really shapes what kind of road bike you should be looking to buy. For example, if you want a sportier bike for the daily commute, then you might want a more comfortable road bike with less emphasis on aerodynamics. However, if you’re interested in setting some new personal bests around your local routes, then a racing bike may be better for you.


Knowing the reason behind why you need a road bike is key to the buying process. Make sure that you know what you want and look for the perfect road bike to match your needs. Don’t let anyone tell you what you need, make that decision for yourself!


What’s your budget?

Next, consider how much you want to spend on your road bike. By setting a budget before you enter the buying process, you can narrow down your options and decide which the best is for you.


Price makes a big difference when buying a road bike, especially a racing-oriented one. More expensive bikes will have lighter frames, normally made of carbon rather than aluminium. Cheaper bikes will generally have poorer quality gear set-ups as well. This could mean fewer gears, rougher changes, or heavier components.


These are just a couple of examples but the differences run throughout the bikes. Remember, set your budget and stick to it. It’s easy to get side-tracked or persuaded into buying something that you don’t really need. Also, always remember your needs when setting your budget. There’s no point wanting to buy a carbon fiber racing bike and setting your budget at £1,000. Be realistic!


Make sure your bike fits!

When you’re making such an expensive purchase, don’t ruin it by buying an ill-fitting bike. Do some research and review some bike-fitting guides before going to the store. Then, make sure that your bike is fitted to you properly before purchasing. Having a poorly fitted bike will make your experience far less enjoyable and put a sour note on what should be an exciting time in your cycling endeavours!


We hope that this guide has guided you in making some decisions on your road bike purchasing adventure. We understand that it can be really tough when dipping your toes in for the first but don’t be discouraged!

If you have any more questions, feel free to get in touch with us via our Twitter account (@cyclekinguk). Happy hunting!