Updated: May 29, 2015
Road Bike Reviews:The popularity of biking has increased over the last decade and more and more Americans are buying bicycles. As the population in the United States ages, we will probably see more bikes on the roadways. Exercise, like running, can be hard on the joints (knees specifically) but biking can be very relaxing and you still get a good workout. Road bikes run the gamut in terms of prices, so you'll need to do your research before even thinking about purchasing one. I live in Portland, Oregon where commuting to work on a bike is very common and you see folks riding bikes all the time around the city and in the outlying areas. You really need to decide what type of bicyclist you are - beginner, recreational, professional. There aren't just 3 types, but you get the idea in terms of what product is right for you. No sense in spending $1000 if you can have lots of fun riding for $500.
Choosing a Road Bike - The first thing to do is test ride a few bikes. Go down to your local bike store and see how they feel. You will be amazed at how different each bike can be. Sure they all have wheels, a seat, pedals, and handlebars, but the components really do make a difference. The most expensive bikes tend to have the ultra light carbon fiber frames. You could be looking anywhere from $3000 to $10000 for a high end road bike. Frames - The frame will ultimately be the largest expense - they typically are made with titanium, carbon, or aluminum, Competitive cyclists may need a carbon fiber frame, but the recreational rider out there can get away with much less. The real solution could be to 'piece' together the bike. Go with a cheaper frame, maybe splurge on the seat (saddle) or front and rear derailleurs, and you could get a nice bike. Talk with your local bike expert if you are unsure or read reviews online. A friend of mine has recently got into the road bike reseller business and I found out that the mark up on these bikes (the frames especially) is huge - 200 or 300% in some cases. Unless you know all the specifics of brands and which ones are best, it's better to get educated before plopping down $1000 or more. Road Bike Reviews - Two of the best sources online for great consumer feedback is at Roadbikereview.com and Bicycling.com - there forums are loaded with up to date details and information on the latest road bikes. Get answers to all your questions and learn which brands hold up best based on real owner experience. Consumersearch.com also features a nice section on road bikes - with features to look for, pricing, and ratings. We also found Amazon.com to be quite good in terms of variety and selection. You can browse the best selling road bikes online here.