How much should you spend on a bike?
How many miles do you ride a year? If you ride twelve thousand miles a year, you could spend six thousand on a bike. You could spend less. If you ride one thousand miles, spend five hundred.
Will you use the bike many days a week or a few weekends a year?
For the money, you’ll get a better used bike than a new one. Get it from a mechanic, or have a mechanic inspect it .
Aluminum alloy makes a cheap and very stiff frame. It has use on bikes where comfort matters little, such as a mountain bike. It can break.
Carbon fiber frames and components are disposable: they will break.
Nothing rides or lasts better than a steel frame with aluminum alloy parts.
Hydraulic discs brakes have expensive maintenance and fail ungracefully. Disc brakes stress and can distort a frame.
New bikes come out the box needing bearing adjustments, wheel truing, grease everywhere, and tuning. Correct spoke tension and bearing adjustment are especially important. Get your bike built by a good mechanic.
- The most important bike: the first serious one.
- Adaptive Bikes, Farrier, Isla Bikes
- Balloon Bikes
- Sadly, Ryan only makes frames for friends anymore.
- Primus Mootry
- Legendary for a reason
- For smaller riders, especially women
- tout terrain
- Velo Orange
- Worksman Cycles
- Worksman’s flickr feed — nuff said
Advanced Sports International and Accell Group have excellent dealer service in the US: both a pleasure to work with.