If you do some research online before going to a bike shop, you will most likely find favourable reviews about certain brands. You may also like the design and look of some brands that you will discover online. Do not get hung up on only bikes of certain brands though.
When you go to a reputable bike shop, it is likely that the shop will have high-quality bikes in a variety of brands. Some may be unfamiliar to you, which is why you may do some research online after trying a few models.
Typically, there isn’t that much of a difference in the quality of bicycles from different major manufacturers at similar price points. While the bicycles in different price categories will be different, bikes from different brands are likely to be very similar. What matters most is how the bike feels when you ride it. This is why you need to go to a store and try different bicycles, not just look at reviews and pictures online.
Next, learn more about the materials and the differences between them. Not so long ago all high-quality high-end bicycles had most parts made out of steel. Today, manufacturers offer many more options and materials, including aluminium, carbon fibre, titanium and various composites.
Here’s what you need to know about them:
- Steel is great for smooth riding. It is relatively easy to repair. The disadvantage of this metal is that is it heavier than most modern expensive materials and composites.
- Aluminum is light and inexpensive, but it is not as durable as steel. It also transmits more road vibrations compared to other materials.
- Carbon fibre is extremely light and can deliver great ride quality and fantastic performance. It often mutes the vibrations of the road, and is one of the most expensive materials.