If you’re looking for a great road bike stop by our Mt. Kisco bike shop. We have bikes to fit any cyclist. From the Tour de France to a recreational Sunday ride, our road bikes span the complete spectrum – covering every rider, style, and performance need. We even sell gravel road bikes that have become increasingly more popular among cyclists. Road bikes have a lightweight frame typically made from aluminum or carbon-fiber with narrow wheels and tires and are made for speed, agility, and efficiency. They’re designed for fitness nuts, event riders, and competitive riders.
Selecting Your Road Bike
So how do you go about selecting the right road bike for your needs? Start by asking yourself some questions. What style bike do you ride now? What bikes are your friends riding? What’s your budget for a road bike? Keep in mind that road bikes are designed for pavement riding and speed. So if you’re friends are looking to climb mountains, you might want to consider a mountain bike. If you decide a road bike is right for you, we have road bikes for sale from some of the bike industry’s top suppliers: Trek, Felt, Jamis, Cervelo, and Argon18.
Road Bike Sizing is Important
The single most important part of buying a road bike is getting the bike that fits you perfectly. You’ll want to pay attention to the seat height and horizontal positioning, reach and drop to the handlebars and body angles in relation to the bike. Road bike saddles are generally long and narrow with sparse padding to support long rides that can last several hours. The key is making sure you get a good bike fit.
The more comfortable you are on your road bike, the fewer aches and pains you’ll endure. It also enhances your pedaling efficiency and bike handling so you can better enjoy your riding. It pays to get a professional bike fitting. It will pay off when you ride your road bike on Westchester County roads. Just ask us and we’ll take care of you.
Road Bike Frames
If you’re an avid cyclist, you know the frame can make or break a bike. Road bike frames are typically aluminum or carbon, with steel and titanium used in special niche bikes. The frame material you select along with its overall quality of components will impact the cost.
Traditional road frames use a ﬂat top tube and a shorter seatpost, but compact geometry is now most common, with a sloping top tube to make a smaller, lighter frame and also improve the standover height. It’s very important that you buy the right size and shape frame for your size and riding.
Other Key Road Bike Considerations
There are some other areas you’ll want to keep in mind when buying a road bike. Each will impact the overall cost of your bike, but can each can greatly improve overall performance.
- Brakes: Road bikes use dual-pivot brakes, although disc brakes are beginning to make an entrance on some models. Dual-pivot brakes are compact, light and powerful.
- Handle bars: Road bikes use dropped handlebars and allow for multiple positions. The bike’s bar with and shape vary so that you can tailor your road bike to fit you perfectly. The handlebars tops, with your hands either side of the stem, are used for steep climbs or cruising. The hoods are the brake lever covers, and provide a comfortable stretch and good leverage for climbing out of the saddle. The drops are the lower parts of the bar, used for a lower position at speed.
- Cassette: Road bikes use gears that are more tightly packed together to help you pedal at ideal speeds. Most road bikes, apart from entry level ones, now have 11 sprockets.
Test Drive a Road Bike
The only real way to determine if a road bike is right for you and make sure it’s going to give you a comfortable ride is to take it for a spin. Stop by our bike shop anytime and take a test drive. If you’re still not sure, you might want to consider a road bike rental for the weekend to see if you love it as much as we do! We even have used bikes on hand in our bike store … get a great deal, while still enjoying the open road.
When you’re ready to buy a road bike, we have a large selection at our Mt. Kisco bike shop. We’ll get you set up with a bike fitting. And you can take a look at our wide assortment of bicycle accessories including cycling glasses, bike computers, cycling shoes, and a whole lot more!
If you ever run into any issues, we’ll get you back on the road fast. Our bike repair shop was cited as one of the best in the New York area. We can help you with everything from precision tune-ups to bike repairs.