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What to Look for in a Racing Bicycle

Bicycle racing has been a very popular sport for decades, and has only increased in popularity in recent years. A lot of new people are interested in cycling and, as a result, there are a lot of newcomers to the sport. One of the first obstacles that new enthusiasts face is how to pick the right bicycle.

Picking a bike is not as simple as it seems. There are so many different brands and styles of bikes out there that it can be a daunting task for anyone to choose the perfect bike. Here are a few of the basic racing bikes available, and an overview of some of their special features:

Track bikes:

Track bicycles are optimized for racing on an outdoor track or velodrome. They have no brakes and no coasting. A track bike is a fixed gear bike, with a lightweight, rigid frame. Its tires are very thin and highly inflated to minimize rolling resistance. Its bottom bracket is also higher than other bikes, to prevent the pedals from touching the track on steeply banked curves.

The design of track bikes is very simple and straight forward and you won’t need to think about things like brakes and number of gears. What you do you need to think about is the durability of the bike and the size of the gear. A lower gear allows for quicker acceleration, but a higher gear helps keep up sustained speed. These are both important, and you’ll have to decide which is more important in the type of events you’ll be entering. Many track cyclists practice speed pedaling, to make up for the lack of gear options.

Mountain bikes:

Mountain bikes are among the sturdiest race bikes out there. They are designed to ride over rough terrain and can withstand the strain of many off-road situations. They have knobby tires, with deep treads, which help to create traction while climbing steep hills or slippery terrain. Their geometry is altered somewhat from other racing bikes, the primary difference being the angle of the head tube and the seat tube. The angle can be more upright, which makes it easier to climb steep hills, or more relaxed, which provides more comfort and stability for downhill riding and faster speeds.

Mountain bikes can be either fully suspended, (both front and rear wheel suspension), fully rigid with no suspension, or suspended either on front or back. Fully suspended mountain bikes are more prevalent now than they have been in years past, due to the types of materials now available which allow manufacturers to produce fully suspended bikes that are less than 10kg.

Cyclo-cross bikes:

A cyclo-cross bike is like a cross breed between a mountain bike and a track bike. Their design is very much like a track bike, with narrow tires and drop handlebars. They are also very lightweight, which is vital because cyclo-cross racing often requires the rider to dismount and carry the bike over certain obstacles. Cyclo-cross bikes also have deep treads, like mountain bikes, and very sturdy bodies, which allows them to be ridden through mud and other tricky terrain.

No matter what type of bike you end up choosing, it is important to really think about your decision. A good bike can be very expensive, and a cheap bike may not be very good. If you can solicit the help of an experienced cyclist friend, it will make your job of choosing a bike so much easier, and get you on your way to cycling success.


Finding the Perfect Racing Bike

There are thousands of new people joining the ranks of the elite in bicycle racing events across the globe. Many of these newcomers were inspired to start bike racing after watching coverage of the racing events on TV.

For most new enthusiasts, the only obstacle to them starting their racing career is the lack of a good bike. Racing bikes can be very expensive, and each type of racing has a particular kind of bike that is optimally designed for that particular style of racing. This makes it hard for newbies to find the perfect bike that they can train on and that won’t break their budget.

Most professional racers swear by custom made bikes. These are bikes that are made specifically to accommodate a particular person’s height, build, and riding style. They can decrease drag, increase speed, and in a big race they can make all the difference. But, these bikes usually range in the high thousands, which is way too much for someone who is just starting out.

Most good brands of mass produced bikes, are also not cheap. An entry level bike, with a heavy frame and limited features, will cost you about $500 to $800 dollars. The better bikes are from $800 to $2000, and high end bikes are about $2000 to $6000.

Usually, the lighter and more durable the bicycle is, the more expensive it will be. Lighter bikes go faster, and will give you the competitive edge you need to get in to one of the top positions. You’ll pay about an extra $1000 for every pound that is shaved off the weight of the bike. A much cheaper option is to lose a pound of your own weight. Any way you look at it, it’s better to lose it off your gut than take it from your wallet. As a side note, I am currently developing a new bike model which is incredibly light but does not cost the earth. I can’t be too specific about the details current but I will say I want to call the product “luminess air”. I’ve already applied for a trademark for this name; unfortunately there is already another company who has registered the trademark luminess air. They are a beauty manufacturer so I guess there isn’t a conflict of interest but I’m no patent attorney. If anyone knows anything about patent law and can advice me about this, I’d really appreciate it if you could drop me a mail via the contact box up top.

For most new bikers, the cost of a brand new bike is too much to commit to right away. Fortunately, you can find very affordable used racing bikes, if you know where to look. The only problem with second hand racing bikes is that they are not always in very good condition. If the former owner was a serious biker, the bike likely has thousands of miles on it, and a lot of wear and tear.

Luckily, for the new enthusiast who is serious about racing, there are other people who start out biking, but who quickly give up when they find out that it isn’t exactly a leisurely ride in the park. Some of these people were foolish enough to invest big in equipment that they ended up not using. Bikes like these are pretty rare, but once in a while you may come across a nearly new, quality racing bike that is being sold at almost half the price that a new one would be sold at.

Buying a used racing bike may be the only option for a new racer that hasn’t had the chance to save up for their dream bike, or who isn’t really sure yet what their dream bike is. Just make sure that you know what to look for, and if you know any bikers in your area, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most cyclists are more than willing to help out someone who is legitimately interested in bicycle racing.


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