Technology Knowledge Road – What Makes a Good Road Bike

It is not surprising that more and more people for the cycling enthusiasm, he offers so much for people with different interests. Physical fitness improves with hardly an other sport so gently and quickly as with the sporty cycling. Also people who are enthusiastic about bicycle technology, here often find their passion, because the development continues and produces new innovations and materials. Who today owns a road, for which this is usually no simple means of transport, but rather a high-quality sports equipment. Due to its equipment (E.g. missing lighting) and their light weight road bikes for use in normal road traffic are less suitable as rather for the gliding on the often smooth and quiet streets of the surrounding country. Also, they are too precious to take the risk of theft. Dismounting large distances is possible, but remarkable speeds can be achieved.

For ambitious athletes there are today a wide variety of cycling clubs and a variety of competitions for all levels. Prerequisite to be able to enjoy a really relaxed gliding through beautiful landscapes, is however, that it is adapted to the wheel size and facilities to the requirements and wishes of the assets. If it is shaken up by every bump, the course do not easily blend and the Po already hurts after a short time, the pleasure is affected immensely. Therefore we want to enter in the following aspects, which are to be observed when purchasing a good road.

The price for a pastry wheel into the acceptable quality and equipment is €1000. For that you get a lightweight bike (approx. 8.5 9 kg) of aluminum with solid components. Road bikes do not have usually rear carrier, mudguards and lighting. One or two holders for bottles on the top and seat tube are normal. There are also special lady wheels that take account of the particular body geometry of female driver. In particular, we want to enter on the following components of a road:

  • Frame
  • Circuit and translation
  • Wheels and tyres
  • Saddle
  • Pedal system

Frame – used steel, today’s high-tech

Today, we find the steel frame that is widely used due to lack of affordable alternatives as they are very heavy. The heavier one has to move forward the wheel, the more weight and thus more force must be applied. Ever bergiger the selected training area, this aspect is more important. The today’s most common materials are aluminum or high-tech – materials such as titanium and carbon. A road bike frame should be as easy and it have a high “stiffness”, i.e. bend as little as possible. Just so, the effort of the driver optimally on the wheel and the road can be brought. The frame is too soft, too much of the applied energy is lost. Problem is that lightness and rigidity are largely mutually and so manufacturers try to find the best possible compromise. Carbon combines these two features still most likely, but also relatively expensive. The best road bikes with carbon frame cost 1500-€2000 and are a genuine alternative mainly for ambitious riders. One dough er frames are usually made of aluminum or a combination of different materials. The advantage of aluminum is that it is easy and relatively inexpensive, but it is also very sensitive to scratches and dents, which may result at continuous load frame breaking. It is advisable so a careful handling of the wheel and a regular inspection of the material. Special attention should be paid on the appropriate size of the frame. You can determine this quickly with a simple method.

  • First, you must find the stride length. It is stuck to a smooth floor or a level as high as possible between the legs and then measure the distance from the top to the floor
  • With the formula “stride length in cm x 0.66” you can now determine the personal frame size

By default, the frame size reflects the distance between Center of bottom bearing and the center of the top tube in exceptional cases but also to the top of the top tube. For safety you should ask here explicitly in any case, to really make sure that the frame fits.

Circuit and translation

The two chainrings with 53 and 39 teeth are standard front and nine to ten COGS back, which corresponds to 18 or 20 courses. Shimano and Campagnolo are the main providers of circuits. There are also models with three chainrings, used particularly by recreational riders who train a lot in hilly terrain. As an alternative to Campagnolo leads even a circuit with eleven sprockets since 2009 back in the program. Here are the two front chainrings of slightly smaller (50 and 36/34 teeth). This variant offers also smaller corridors for the mountains, but faster and more comfortable to switch and also easier than systems with three chainrings.

Wheels and tyres

Road bike wheels and tires are extremely narrow and can be pumped very hard (up to 8.5 bar). The lower the contact surface of the tire on the road, the less speed is lost. Wheels with a diameter of 28 inches (622 mm rim diameter) are now standard. Were a long time rim with a slightly rounded off square profile usual, which are however increasingly displaced by high profile rims. These have the advantage of being very stiff, however, they have also a slightly higher weight.

Saddle – beginner surprisingly uncomfortable

Road bike saddles are initially once surprisingly hard and uncomfortable for beginners, because they are although dampened, but not padded. This usually requires a short period of acclimatization. The choice of the correct saddle depends on the body composition of the respective driver. It is worth to try out different alternatives on a short test drive, because a “false” saddle can extremely reduce the driving pleasure and buttocks cause “Friction losses” especially on long journeys. In General, it helps to apply this before the training ride with Vaseline, to reduce the friction.

Pedal system – practice makes perfect

Today clearly click pedal systems have prevailed as the standard and only in very old models, you will find the variant with plastic or leather straps for fixation of the foot. The input and click out requires some practice and again make beginners experience to the side to subvert, as they at one stop not fast enough from the pedals coming. For this reason, it is advisable to practice the technique on a site far away from road traffic.

Last but not least – shop or Internet?

There’s often tempting offers in the Internet and especially for those buyers who know exactly what they need, that can represent a good alternative to retail. For beginners, the professional advice in a shop but is immensely important and indispensable. Already the acquisition a good entry-level model is a rather costly investment and it is worth to take a long time for the selection and to consult in detail. Especially the determination of the correct frame size and a comfortable sitting position are immensely important to you from the outset has fun on his new bike. A short test drive is almost always possible and you get the wheel while when Internet buying almost always some Assembly work to do are completely assembled and is ready for immediate use.

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