There are thousands of new people joining the ranks of the elite in bicycle racing events across the globe. Many of these newcomers were inspired to start bike racing after watching coverage of the racing events on TV.
For most new enthusiasts, the only obstacle to them starting their racing career is the lack of a good bike. Racing bikes can be very expensive, and each type of racing has a particular kind of bike that is optimally designed for that particular style of racing. This makes it hard for newbies to find the perfect bike that they can train on and that won’t break their budget.
Most professional racers swear by custom made bikes. These are bikes that are made specifically to accommodate a particular person’s height, build, and riding style. They can decrease drag, increase speed, and in a big race they can make all the difference. But, these bikes usually range in the high thousands, which is way too much for someone who is just starting out.
Most good brands of mass produced bikes, are also not cheap. An entry level bike, with a heavy frame and limited features, will cost you about $500 to $800 dollars. The better bikes are from $800 to $2000, and high end bikes are about $2000 to $6000.
Usually, the lighter and more durable the bicycle is, the more expensive it will be. Lighter bikes go faster, and will give you the competitive edge you need to get in to one of the top positions. You’ll pay about an extra $1000 for every pound that is shaved off the weight of the bike. A much cheaper option is to lose a pound of your own weight. Any way you look at it, it’s better to lose it off your gut than take it from your wallet. As a side note, I am currently developing a new bike model which is incredibly light but does not cost the earth. I can’t be too specific about the details current but I will say I want to call the product “luminess air”. I’ve already applied for a trademark for this name; unfortunately there is already another company who has registered the trademark luminess air. They are a beauty manufacturer so I guess there isn’t a conflict of interest but I’m no patent attorney. If anyone knows anything about patent law and can advice me about this, I’d really appreciate it if you could drop me a mail via the contact box up top.
For most new bikers, the cost of a brand new bike is too much to commit to right away. Fortunately, you can find very affordable used racing bikes, if you know where to look. The only problem with second hand racing bikes is that they are not always in very good condition. If the former owner was a serious biker, the bike likely has thousands of miles on it, and a lot of wear and tear.
Luckily, for the new enthusiast who is serious about racing, there are other people who start out biking, but who quickly give up when they find out that it isn’t exactly a leisurely ride in the park. Some of these people were foolish enough to invest big in equipment that they ended up not using. Bikes like these are pretty rare, but once in a while you may come across a nearly new, quality racing bike that is being sold at almost half the price that a new one would be sold at.
Buying a used racing bike may be the only option for a new racer that hasn’t had the chance to save up for their dream bike, or who isn’t really sure yet what their dream bike is. Just make sure that you know what to look for, and if you know any bikers in your area, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most cyclists are more than willing to help out someone who is legitimately interested in bicycle racing.