Sadly, it’s very easy to spend a small fortune on parts that might look great but actually make very little difference to your time in the saddle. Thankfully, a bit of good advice can easily stop you from doing just that, and here it is:
Get the fit right
For less experienced riders it’s a good idea to visit your local bike shop and request a bike fit. More advanced riders may want to seek the advice of a professional bike fitting service.
Make sure everything works
The BikeRadar video playlist should help you with many of the most common bicycle maintenance tasks covering everything from replacing drivetrain consumables to adjusting brakes or wrapping your own bar tape; read on below for the things you should be bearing in mind.
Switch your tyres
Some manufacturers are better than others in this respect, but the chances are the tyres that came with your bike will not be great. While they often look very similar to the aftermarket items you can buy as standalone items, OE (original equipment) tyres will usually deploy cost saving measures such as using harder, less grippy rubber or a more basic construction with inferior puncture resistance.
Switching to a better set of tyres can make big improvements to the comfort as well as the handling of your bike.
To find a road bike tyre worth upgrading to check out our latest road tyre reviews.
Concentrate on contact points
Similarly, investing in quality riding shoes and pedals is rarely a waste of money. For sound advice on both of these check out our buyer’s guides below:
Revise your rotation
In order to get off-the-peg builds down to realistic price points, many bikes will be equipped with branded entry-level wheels. As such, for those with more to spend, a great way to improve the ride quality of your bike is to upgrade from its standard wheels. Take a look at our latest reviews of road bike wheels to find some well-rated options.
But don’t forget…
The most important bit – don’t forget to enjoy yourself. Although most of us don’t want to admit it, our bike probably isn’t holding us back anywhere near as much as we’d like to think. A quote commonly attributed to Eddy Merckx sums it up nicely: “Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades“.