I’ve been there — standing in the bike shop looming over the 100’s of bikes on display, feeling overwhelmed about letting go of hard earned money. But I’m going to share some my experiences and provide some advice on your first serious bike purchase so you don’t experience the growing pains, I, and so many other cyclists, have experienced.
Often at a bigger bike store, a fit is often over looked and you’re given several bikes in various sizes to try on a test ride. From there, you develop a sense of what feels good while you’re tooling around the parking lot for a few minutes and eventually walk out the door with a new ride. But what happens a few months or a year from now when you start to develop pain or muscle imbalances and discover your new bike is too big or too small by way of a proper bike fit? We buy another bike and take another hit to the pocket book. Ouch.
While many people are lucky that their new bike fits them correctly, they [ahem I] subsequently suffer from upgrade-itis within the next year. This is surely the most common problem seen in the first year of a cyclist’s career. We’re frugal with our purchase and pick from the bottom of the shelf, but quickly realize within a few months of riding that while the frame itself if good, the components may be slightly lacking. The wheels heavier than we’d like and the components, bearings and tires not as durable as we demand for our needs. Soon, we find ourselves back at the bike shop looking for another bike that is going to suit us better.
At Belgianwerkx, we do things differently. You won’t see hundreds of bikes in our store. Actually, you probably won’t see more than 20. We concentrate on getting you properly fit [on our Retul fit bike] for one of our four brands, Cannondale, Giant, Liv, Gunnar, Rocky Mountain, or Seven, and then work with you on choosing color, size, parts and components that work with your budget and needs – saving you time and money! [Take it from the guy who spent $600 on his first road bike in spring of 2006 and upgraded that year!]
Keep On Riding,
Patrick Brock is a Category 2 Cyclocross racer for Team Belgianwerkx racing across the Midwest. He is also USA Cycling Level 3 Cycling Coach and owner of Bike Science Coaching offering cyclists of all levels and disciplines custom training plans tailored to their needs. See bikesciencecoaching.com for more information.