Thinking about buying a new road bike? Are you wondering how to choose a road bike? At ERIK’S, we stock a lot of different road bike models for all types of riders including gravel road bikes. Whether you are a casual cyclist, an urban commuter, or an endurance racer, we’ve got a road bike perfect for you!
With so many bikes to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? This guide will help you determine that!
Answer these four questions to streamline your shopping experience. Once you’ve narrowed down your search — it’s time to take some test rides! Visit your favorite ERIK’S shop to explore the models you’re considering. Or, if there’s no ERIK’S nearby, give us a call or chat and we’ll help you choose the best road bike for you.
Confused as to why someone would want an electric road bike? Maybe you haven’t ridden one yet. Well, let us fill in the blanks for you… then go to your local ERIK’S and take one for a test ride.
First, these bikes are fun! We love all electric bikes. It is tough to have more fun than when riding an eBike. Specifically for an electric road bike, these bikes will let you go further and go faster. An eRoad bike will allow you to take those longer bike trips, get less sweaty on your commute to work, haul heavier stuff by bike with more ease, and run more errands on your bike swiftly. And most importantly, did we mention they’re fun? Folks report having way more FUN riding an electric road bike. (It’s probably time you take one for a test ride.)
Interested in learning more? Check out our Electric Road Bike Guide and our (acoustic) Road Bike Buying Guide to compare the two styles of bike. And, if you’re a roadie that wants the ability to ride off-road, check out our Gravel and Adventure Bike Buying Guide.
First, consider what kind of terrain you plan to ride on. Paved roads? Gravel/dirt roads? Both?
Second, know how you want to ride on that terrain.
Here’s a simple breakdown of road bike types based on the terrain they are built to ride on:
Now you can hone your search online by selecting the road bike type you want to purchase, scroll through and start drooling! Or, better yet, swing into a nearby ERIK’S shop and start test-riding today!
If you’re just getting into road biking, our entry-level models feature solid components that will ensure your ride is safe and enjoyable. If you’re more experienced and want to refine your ride you’ll probably find the gear featured on the higher-priced road bikes to your liking.
As the price point goes up on road bikes here are a few examples of how the frame and componentry change:
Essentially, as the price goes up, your road bike should become lighter, ride smoother, and the components will be more durable.
No matter how awesome a road bike is said to be, if it doesn’t fit YOU right you won’t be able to experience its greatness or embody your own riding potential.
At ERIK’S we use our sizing process to ensure every road bike or gravel bike customer is on the correctly sized bike and that it’s adjusted comfortably so they can focus on maximizing their ride. And of course, when you’re shopping with us in-store you’ll be able to test-ride before you buy to really make sure you and the bike you want truly “fit”.
If you’re shopping for a road bike online, check out our Bicycle Sizing Chart. Using your inseam and height, you’ll be able to figure out which size is ideal for you. Our chart is a general reference so some brands’ sizes vary slightly. When shopping online, click the “sizing information” link in the left sidebar of the bike product page to see individual brand sizing recommendations. If you have any questions, give us a call or chat and we’ll help you select the right size for you.
Learn more about bike sizing here.
We hope you know how to choose a road bike or gravel bike now! Road bikes are the perfect means to hit the open road for fun, for exercise, for travel, for commuting to work, or for whatever fancies you! Come into your favorite ERIK’S shop to test-ride some road and gravel bikes today. We’ll help you get out there to enjoy the world with the wind in your hair!