There’s often quite a lot of confusion when it comes to the question of how much is a good bike worth. When you’re buying a used bike, it is always advisable to know what to look out for. Road bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes all have their own specifications and features, but there are some basic elements that can be looked at regardless of brand.
The first thing to look at is the material of the frame is made from. Most road bikes are constructed from aluminum (usually alloy) and this is because it’s light and relatively inexpensive. Unfortunately, this means that aluminum frames suffer more wear and tear than steel frames do. A road bike’s frame tends to last for a long time if it is taken care of properly – for example, regular lubrication of the chain and the brakes ensures that you’re riding on a smooth, even surface for longer periods of time. It also prevents dirt and mud getting into the chains, which causes problems over time.
However, since aluminum frames are generally much weaker than steel frames, they tend not to last as long. This means that when looking at the pros and cons of road bikes, you may wish to compare the varying costs of a carbon fiber frame (which is generally much stronger than steel). The reason for this is that the manufacturing process produces much higher quantities of these materials than you would get if you were to buy a carbon fiber bike. It also costs more to produce carbon fiber, so it has to charge higher prices to make it. However, these bicycles remain popular thanks to their light weight, durability and great performance.
It isn’t only in road bikes that a carbon fibre frame is popular, however. Even mountain bikes have some frames made from this special material. Mountain bikes often have a much heavier frame, due to the fact that they are designed for stability and safety. This makes them far more durable than road bikes are, but the extra weight can mean that they are heavier than traditional aluminium frames. So, you may wish to weigh up the pros and cons of a carbon fibre frame before purchasing one.
The next question that you should ask yourself when looking at bikes is how much of a ride do you like? Do you like to pedal fast, go fast and change direction quickly? Or do you prefer a relaxed riding experience where you can take your time and enjoy the scenery? Each type of rider will have a different preference when it comes to choosing a bike, and it’s important that you ask yourself which one matches your riding style. For example, a more aggressive rider will probably prefer a much larger frame size and a lower top tube.
The final consideration that you should make when buying a new bike is the type of riding you will be doing. There are all sorts of differences between climbing, cross country and downhill, and each requires a specific set of wheels and chainrings. Some types of biking will also require different types of drivetrains, so if you are unsure about which types of wheels and chainsets you are best suited for, ask an expert for advice.
The number of chains and sprockets on a bike will vary but will be proportional to the number of pedals. It is usually possible to buy a ‘dual’ drivetrain – these are chainset and sprocket combinations that can be switched easily between both types of biking. A lot of people like to have a choice, and so some retailers offer dual chainset and sprocket sets. This is particularly common on mountain bikes where there is often a need for a more solid, stable ride. You may also find that your choice of chainset will affect the style of pedals you can use, as some designs can make it easier to pedal up a hill.
Frame material is another important factor in deciding how much a road bike costs. Some frames are made from aluminum, which has become popular in recent years because of its light weight. However, some road bikes do still use steel, which is heavier but has many advantages. For example, steel is stronger than aluminum, which makes steel road bikes much better at resisting shock. Frames are usually made from either carbon fibre or glass, which have all their advantages, as road bikes generally don’t get exposed to the same conditions as they would do on a mountain bike.