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Choosing a bike can be a daunting task, but how interesting! Whether you are a beginner or experienced cyclists, this guide will help you choose the bike that's right for you based on the type of "cyclist " you are, your weight, the type of land on which you practice and the frequency of your rides .

bikenation.ca - hot tendance road bike CURRENT TRENDS

  • Aluminum bikes are gaining in quality
  • Bikes equipped with disc brakes
  • Aerodynamic bikes
  • Adventure bikes; efficient and versatile

WHAT TYPE OF "cyclist" ARE YOU?

The beginner or occasional cyclist is looking for a bike that he can ride without necessarily pursuing a performance goal. A robust and versatile bike is worth considering. Often aluminum, he will give you a comfortable position to let you appreciate short and medium rides. A 1500$ bike and less will be enough to meet your needs.

The Touring cyclist is looking for a type of bike that will offer him comfort over long distances. The touring bike with its longer wheelbase will meet this need. Moreover, its robust design gives travellers the option of installing luggage at the front and rear end of the bike.

The sports cyclist is seeking a powerful and light bike in order to keep a good physical condition and develop muscular and cardiovascular fitness. An aluminum bike with components of better quality or comfort type carbon bike satisfy his need to expend energy. An affordable bike, without neglecting the quality of the frame and components, should not exceed 4,000$.

For those looking for an intense effort, intense training or competition, the high-performance bike will give more strength and more power under the pedal. Several ways to build frames help you achieve maximum performance depending on the types of surface you are riding. This type of bike will often be offered with a wide choice of components which will vary the price of the bike from 3000$ to an almost unlimited budget!

WHERE WILL YOU RIDE?

FLAT ROAD

If your road is generally flat, with very little difficulty, go for a bike comfortable rather than light, with a bit of aerodynamics at the wheels. This will add rigidity and gain in average speed.

HILLY ROAD

If you opt for a circuit that alternates between flat and uphill, you'll need a versatile bike. Choose a fairly light and rigid bike then add a good pair of semi-profile wheels. This will ensure a higher turnover and a better recovery.

mountain ROAD

Mountains attract you? Make your choice to a lighter and stiffer bike to improve the rises in the climb and give stability during the descent. Opt for a pair of low-profile wheels; they are lighter and less harsh on the recovery.

THE CHOICE OF THE FRAME

The aluminum bike, cheaper than carbon and titanium, finds is place among the new cyclists and cyclists who are not necessarily looking for performance or the lightest bike. Solid and easy to ride, the bike will usually be equipped with a carbon fork to make the front more comfortable.

Lightness and comfort are the main advantages of a carbon bike. Several options are available to amateurs by the many ways to design frames. Be careful to choose well, among all these offers, the perfect ride based on the land and training you do. The most expensive bike will not necessarily be the most suitable bike for your needs even if you have the wallet to purchase it.

The sports cyclist wishing to stay in shape and adept of long rides may opt for a comfort-type bike that will allow flexibility to the bike and will make appreciate the long hours on the road.

For flatter road a more aerodynamic bike meet the search of speed, while a lighter bike helps better climb hills, mountains, passes ...

As for titanium, it keeps its nobility. Recognized for its prestige and classic style, he will spend the years and never get "tired". Lighter and more comfortable, it will be as rigid as carbon but more impact resistant. The only problem: the cost ...!. But it may be the price to pay for a long-term investment.

COMPONENTS

Three big companies are dressing most of the bicycles on the market. The best known: Shimano, the oldest: Campagnolo and the new guy: SRAM. Three brands, three different systems of shifting.

Their evidence is made! ... For you to test their different systems!

ELECTRONIC GROUPS

For experienced cyclists who are not afraid of electronics, who like the novelty, the technology and the lightness, Shimano offers faster electronic than mechanical transmission. Tested to withstand the toughest conditions and at the highest level of competition, it will not let you. Your gear changes are accurate and very fast. But never forget to charge the battery! Everything is offered in version 11 speeds. Campagnolo also offers many electronic groups called EPS while SRAM has just launched his first group in 2016, the ETAP. However, this is the first to offer a wireless technology on the market! Note that FSA, another groupset company, has just launched a new wireless group for 2017 called K-Force- WE.

Speeds Brands
Tonvelo.ca - shimano velo route guide d'achat Tonvelo.ca - sram velo route guide d'achat Tonvelo.ca - campagnolo velo route guide d'achat
2x11 speeds Dura-Ace Di2
Ultegra Di2
Red eTap  Super Record EPS
Record EPS
Chorus EPS

ENTRY LEVEL GROUPS

For entry level bikes, component manufacturers offer groups at a great price with a reliable and flexible mechanic for an easy and smoothly shifting. The price of replacement parts is also much lower. It is important to note that the number of gears is not synonymous with the quality of the group, but to meet the various needs that may have a cyclist

Speeds Brands
Tonvelo.ca - shimano velo route guide d'achat Tonvelo.ca - velo route sram guide d'achat Tonvelo.ca - campagnolo velo route guide d'achat
1x11 speeds (CX)   Rival 1
Apex 1
 
 
1x10 speeds (CX)   Rival 1
Apex 1
 
 
2x11 speeds   Rival 22  
2x10 speeds Tiagra Rival
Apex
Veloce
 
3x10 speeds Tiagra    
2x9 speeds Sora    
3x9 speeds Sora    
2x8 speeds Claris    
3x8 speeds Claris    

MID-SCALE GROUPS

Some groups will offer a better price / quality and durability. These groups are intended to riders looking for performance, efficiency and lightness. At a reasonable price, spare parts will not erode your budget:

Speeds Brands
Tonvelo.ca - shimano velo route guide d'achat Tonvelo.ca - sram velo route guide d'achat Tonvelo.ca - campagolo velo route guide d'achat
2x11 speeds Ultegra
105
Force 22 Chorus
Athena
 
2x10 speeds   Force  
1x11 speeds (CX)   Force 1  

PREMIUM GROUPS

You are attracted to the professional component? You will be spoiled with these groups! Stronger, lighter and faster execution than others, they will make you enjoy long rides. For those interested, the parts last longer but are much more expensive:

Speeds Brands
Tonvelo.ca - shimano velo route guide d'achat Tonvelo.ca - velo route guide d'Achat sram Tonvelo.ca - campagnolo velo route guide d'achat
2x11 speeds Dura-Ace Red Super Record
Record
 
2x10 speeds   Red  

Psstt ... Something new (or old for some) in the world of road cycling: The arrival of hydraulic disc brakes. They offer a superior braking in all conditions and prevent wear of the rim. However, the choice of wheels and frames are still very limited. Only few companies have followed suit.

BOTTOM BRACKET

The choice of the bottom bracket is important and several options are available depending on the type of bike you choose.

The triple crankset, with three chainrings, is offered on entry level bikes and will be perfect for the less experienced rider wanting a range of speeds to better adapt to the altitude.

The compact crankset is the most common bottom bracket on bikes. Its small ratio makes life easier when climbing without the bully working on flat ground. You also gain the weight when compared to the triple crankset.

Regular crankset meets the needs of riders and more experienced cyclists offering larger ring sizes than on compact crankset. It is perfect for cyclists looking to develop his pedalling power and who is not afraid to work his legs to the test.

For cyclists conscious of their pedal strokes, the oval crankset offers a more fluid pedalling and no downtime.

FITTING

Last important point before you purchase: the size of the bike and positioning. Make sure you buy the right size of a bike. Too small or too large will cause you bike long-term injuries. Get measured in a specialized bike shop and do not leave the shop without having to assess your positioning by a professional. Good positioning will improve your comfort and by extension, your performances. Finally, an appropriate saddle will complete your positioning. Choose it according to your habits on the bike and depending on your flexibility.

IN SUMMARY :

BEGINNER / OCCASIONAL

  • Aluminum bike with carbon fork (under $ 1600);
  • Triple crankset or compact;
  • Entry groups components;
  • Solid wheels;
  • Comfort saddle.

Touring cyclist

  • Robust bike;
  • Triple crankset;
  • Entry or mid-scale groups of components;
  • Solid wheels;
  • Comfort saddle.

Sports cyclist

  • Aluminum and carbon cycling (under $ 4000);
  • Compact or regular crankset;
  • Entry or mid-scale groups of components;
  • Lighter wheels with better rolling;
  • Saddle depending on your hours spent on the bike.

SPORT / COMPETITION

  • Carbon bike;
  • Compact or regular crankset;
  • Mid-scale or premium groups of components;
  • Wheel with a profile according to the type of terrain;
  • Saddle depending on your hours spent on the bike.

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