As I work in a bike shop day in and day out I have the blessing, sometimes the curse, to play with all the latest and greatest bike parts. This adds a ton of complication to bike shopping for myself. I’m able to help anyone that walks in the door, calls or emails to find their perfect bike but as my goals of cycling or life change, my bike wants do as well.
One thing I can’t recommend enough to anyone is test riding. Suit up with your shoes and pedals, make sure your seat height is set right and take the bike for a short spin. Take any guess work out of test riding the bikes, I’ll explain more of those details shortly.
In the Details
#1 make sure each bike is setup the same in the fit. If your seat is too high or too low, you’ll feel that in the response of the bike. From there, make sure to compare like bikes, like parts and even like wheels when you start looking at higher end bikes. If you are price point shopping take the time to feel the difference in shifting, weight and any suspension difference.
What I’m Riding
Today I’m test riding the Cervelo R3 with Ultegra 6700 components. This is a two fold test ride, the new Ultegra shifting and the Cervelo R3 frameset. My goal for this is to find a new due all bicycle that won’t time out after a year of technology change. Look for a recap on both of these products!