Do you have a racing bike?
Once you have decided to invest in a road bike, there are several things you should consider:
What driving style do you want?
First, you must make up your mind which riding style you want.
Selection of control
Many cyclists will in the first time and maybe in the long term be best served by a so-called Flatbar races – a race bike with a narrow MTB handlebars.
It gives a better and more relaxed sitting position without compromising the smooth benefits on a racing bike.
Furthermore, you have a slightly better view of traffic on a Flatbar race and the brakes are much easier to operate – a safety feature for many beginners.
Professional cyclists also sits 80% of the time with his hands up in the brake levers.
The “real” racing track provides a more stooped and aerodynamic seating position. Such a guide will give you a more ergonomically correct arm postures when you need to get up the hills. However, it can also be finely obtained with a set of bar ends on Flatbar controlled.
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How is your body type?
The next thing to look at is yourself:
– How is your body type?
– Do you long or short legs?
– If you have short or long body?
This is where the bike shop come in. He can guide you to select the proper size of bicycle.
Selecting racing bike frame
Some frame-brands are short in the frame, others long.
The height of the head tube is very different from brand to brand, but has great impact on how you sit on the bike.
Both can to some extent be offset and improve the length and gradient on the stem.
Here you may want to choose a reversible stem – so you can easily change your seating position later.
The good bicycle dealer switches like the stem of the acquisition. Any additional fees are well spent.
Are you not as high or have short legs, a slope frame (sloping top tube) be a good choice.
Generally, most road bikes are fitted with a good saddle. But it may be a good place to splurge a little extra.
The saddle should be narrow and not too soft – it is false comfort.
Try in any case a ride on the new racing bike and not only around the parking lot.
Women may consider a saddle specially designed for them – we are not exactly the same back.
Leveraging your racing bike
The vast majority of exercisers – also known as super exercisers – is best served by a compact cranks. This means that the front sprocket is slightly smaller.
Along with eg a 12-26 wreath back give it a really good spread outside the big jump in the gears that break the rhythm.
So you can also run with appropriate high cadence in all kinds of terrain.
Compact cranks can be gradually available on most new road bikes in good quality.
Choosing click pedal
When choosing pedals, so choose clipless pedals along with a pair of cycling shoes.
3 benefits of clipless pedals:
– Click pedals means you can relax more in the ankles / feet
– Your foot slips not by the pedal
– The rigid shoes provide a more powerful thread
Start out with loose excitement while you get used to clicking in and out of the pedal. Later, tighten spring again, so you can come and draw even more effectively.
Holder for water bottles
As the last basic equipment you need to have one and preferably two bottle holders on your road bike. It is extremely important to get enough fluid – even in Denmark it easy for you to sweat.
Choosing a helmet, cycling shorts and jersey
But a racing bike alone does not mean you should even tackle the road yet.
In addition to the aforementioned cycling shoes you obviously have a helmet. Find one that sits well on the head, and is well ventilated. Get the bike shop to adjust the straps properly.
A few good, ergonomically-made bike pants, a sweat shirt and a reasonably tight-fitting jersey makes cycling experience significantly greater.
In addition there are of course lots of delicious bicycle equipment – both for you and for your racing bike. It can invest in gradually.