Buying a brand new road bike can be an exciting experience – but it’s important that you take your time over the decision. The bike you eventually buy will be your best friend over countless Saturday mornings, perhaps your companion on commutes and your entry into a new world of challenges and adventures.
You can get a good, entry level road bike from around £500. Such a bike will transport you merrily and safely over the hills and far away.
As brands up their price tags, the key changes they make are to the overall weight of the bike, either through frame material (carbon is lighter than alloy), components (gears, chainrings, saddles, handlebars) or both. So the more you spend the lighter and the more efficient your bike will be.
We’ve got more information about the key things to consider when choosing a road bike here. It’s important to remember that you don’t HAVE to buy a female specific bike, too. However, women’s bikes will come with narrower handlebars and women’s specific saddles, so they’re more likely to fit without any adjustment.
Since £1,000 is bang on the government Cycle to Work scheme price point, it could be that you’re applying for a voucher to pay your bike off in installments. If so – check out this guide if you have questions .
You can of course grab a deal by searching out a second hand bike. This often means you’ll get a bike with a higher specification for less money. However, it’s really best if you know the owner as that way you’ll be absolutely sure it’s not stolen and (hopefully!) in good working order – we’ve got more tips for buying second hand here.
If you’re looking for a brand new women’s specific road bike, here are a few suggestions…