So, you've decided to pick up a road bike, and for whatever your reason you have decided to go with a used road bike. No matter if you shop online or go into your local bike shop there are some important factors to keep in mind.
First, do your research, what will you be using this bike for? Looking to set a new KOM? Maybe you live in the Mountains? You enjoy speed and the open road? Or perhaps you just enjoy getting out and enjoying a long ride after a stress full day? Keep this in mind as you begin your search.
It's important to choose the right size. At The Racery we want to insure you get the right size as its going to affect your comfort and capabilities when you get out on the road. We provide useful tools like, our road bike sizing calculator, https://theracery.com/pages/road-bike-sizing-guide , to help you get started, then call, email or message us to make sure you get the best fit. A big point to remember is from Colnago, Pinarello, Specialized, Diamondback, well basically everyone use different methods and points of measurement for their sizing. To ensure you pick the size that's right for you know your height shoes off, and measure your inseam. Also, measure your current bike and take note of anything you want to change up on your next bike. Depending on your budget a professional fitting can be a big benefit, as it will help to insure you are on the size frame for your individual riding style.
When buying any used product, we all have our reservations. Remember the days when we used to buy used cars? Today we buy pre-owned certified cars. What’s the difference? It’s the inspection, certification, warranty and the car companies that stand behind it all. At the Racery we strongly believe inspection, certification, and warranty is only as good as the team behind the certification. We stand behind every single pro tested used and demo bike we sell (for more details on this check out https://theracery.com/pages/the-racery-ride-assurance ) we put each pro tested used and demo bike through rigorous inspection and testing to insure they are in the best condition for you. Our pro team of mechanics lovingly inspect, repair and clean every inch, of each bike, to insure they meet our quality standard.
Why is buying a used bike from us different than buying it somewhere else? What is the difference between a pro tested used and used bike? To start we source our used bikes from the pro teams who have tested them to the limits prior to them coming to us, making them pro tested used bikes https://theracery.com/pages/pro-tested-at-the-racery What that means for you is getting a bike that has been taken care of by professional mechanics throughout its first life, it has been tested on climbs, open roads and various weather conditions to insure it will stand the test of time for its next adventure.
Road bikes are the quintessential bike for pushing the envelope. In addition to evoking a sleek and contoured design, there are few types of bicycles that can match the sheer joy, comfort, and speed that the road bike delivers. Road bikes are built under three different methodologies, the endurance frame, mainly for the long haul comfortable rides, the aero frame built for speed, and stiffness, and the climbing frame used to accelerate up that hill you never thought you could climb. Selecting the right one for you is what our team of professionals here at The Racery are trained to do. We want to ensure that your next bike, be it a brand-new Colnago C60 or a pro tested used specialized Venge, you are getting exactly what you need and want.
Designed for speed on paved roads, road bikes offer a profile focused on delivering balanced operation, married with an aerodynamic shape. The wheels and tires are usually narrower, allowing for lower rolling resistance levels and greater maximum speed. The choices and offerings to customize road bikes today continues to improve, and the choices can be over whelming. Mechanical vs electronic, skinny 23mm vs the wider 28mm wheels, carbon water bottle cages vs plastic or an endless choice of other material make ups.
Road bikes generally feature more versatility in speeds than other types of bikes, allowing greater ease of use on all types of grades while giving you the power you need, when you need it. Gearing and operating options range from 10 speed rear clusters to high tech electronic shifting systems.
A bicycle's frame is its adrenaline-fueled heart, and there's a variety of styles to choose from. Regardless of the materials used, a road bike will above all be lightweight, sturdy and durable. Some of the most popular frame materials are:
- ALUMINUM. By far the most popular frame material, aluminum brings a lot of advantages to the table. In addition to being lightweight, it has the advantage of being very sturdy thanks to the fact that it's quite rigid at a low weight. Some premium aluminum frames will feature butted tubes, which are tapered at varying intervals to provide extra strength at stress points. Aluminum will take the punishment and ask for more.
- CARBON FIBER. Good used carbon fiber road bikes generally fetch a premium, although the price has been creeping down for years thanks to increased manufacturing yields. There are several reasons why they're so popular, especially on the resale market. For one, nothing can match the strength to weight ratio of carbon fiber, making them very durable yet incredibly lightweight. A lightweight carbon frame is a speed demon's best friend.
- Steel. While the use of steel has dropped dramatically from its heyday, it is still used in certain custom and high-performance road bikes. Even though steel is heavier than aluminum and carbon, its strength and durability cannot be questioned, and the latest manufacturing techniques have created very lightweight steel frames. Most better quality steel frames are handmade, allowing for specific customizations. When you demand a bike strong enough to take whatever you throw its way, a steel frame may be for you.
- Titanium has a similar stiffness to steel, although is quite a lot lighter. A main advantage over aluminum is that titanium frames are corrosion-resistant, and are easier to repair than carbon fiber frames. They tend to be more expensive, and for many riders these days without special fit needs, carbon fiber seems to be a better choice.