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What’s The Best Bike To Buy? How To Buy The Best Bike For YOU

What’s The Best Bike To Buy? How To Buy The Best Bike For YOU

– What is the best bike to buy? Um. Just one sec, actually. (upbeat music) In all seriousness, this is, actually, a really difficult question to answer. Not because it’s actually
hard to find a great bike, but, actually, because the best bike depends entirely on you, the rider. So perhaps instead of asking
what the best bike is, we should ask instead, how do
you buy the best bike for you? Now, the first point in
buying your best bike is to actually make sure that it’s
suitable for what you want. Now, we’re gonna concentrate
on drop handlebars here. If you wanna go off-road, then we think that you should buy a mountain bike. Now, cyclocross bikes, or
gravel bikes, like this are amazingly versatile, and they are great fun off-road as long as it’s smooth. For any genuine, adrenaline-fueled
off-roading, though, the fatter tyres of a mountain
bike just make it more fun. You have more control,
they’re less susceptible to bumps and rocks and roots,
so you ride in more comfort, you ride faster, and
you’re also less likely to get a puncture. So what about these gravel,
or cyclocross bikes, then? Well, they’re like road bikes, basically, although they are a little bit slow. We tested it out recently,
and found that this bike is two kilometres per hour
slower on a ride than that bike. Now, that may or may not matter
to you, but it is a fact. So, if you wanna race on the road, then you’re gonna need to buy a road bike. For everything else, though,
this bike could be perfect. You could just embrace the
larger tyres, go exploring, ride on crappy roads that
you wouldn’t normally touch with a barge pole, on a bike like that. These also feel really robust,
so you could happily ride to work on one every single
day through the winter, and you stick a child seat on the back. It’s a true work horse. So then, given that not
many of us actually do race, is there a point in buying a road bike? Oh yeah, there is definitely
a point in buying a road bike. They’re faster, which
also means, don’t forget, that you can ride further
more easily as well, if that’s your bag. They are more responsive,
they’re more lively, they climb better, they
can descend better, they certainly corner brilliantly. It’s a little bit like
having a sports car, but for the price of a bike. And actually, as well, many road bikes are far more capable at riding
gravel than you might think. The next most important
points, or in fact, join first, we couldn’t actually decide,
is getting the correct fit. That is incredibly important in getting the best bike for you. Now, you don’t need to invest
in a professional bike fit. If you’re buying from a reputable shop, they should be able to help
you get a correct size. Now most people, rightly, will
concentrate on saddle height. That actually is very easily adjustable. And so, what has more of an effect on what the actual right bike is, is the reach of the handlebars,
and also their height. So if you prefer a short or
higher position, you’re probably gonna have to buy a bike
that gives you that. So, an endurance type road bike. However, if you prefer a longer, more stretched-out position,
you’ll probably find an endurance bike quite uncomfortable. So actually, you’ll need to go for more traditional,
lightweight, or arrow bike. Lightweight used to be the be all and and all of bike buying. Lighter bikes are faster. Or they were, actually, until
aerodynamic bikes came about, and technically, they
are now faster in just about all riding situations. But, they’re also expensive,
so at lower price points, lightweight should still be one of your primary considerations. Lighter bikes, as I said, are
faster and more responsive, and they’re also more efficient. (upbeat music) There are four options around there. Steel, titanium, aluminium,
and carbon fibre. Each one can be built
into an amazing bike, and each one will have its advocates. At lower budgets, though,
the weight of the frame set is probably gonna be your primary concern. So, cheaper steel is pretty heavy, but it does feel really
robust and really solid. Aluminium is lighter, and then carbon fibre, generally lighter still. However, while many riders
try and make the jump to a carbon fibre frame
as early as possible, I’m inclined to think that, actually, an aluminium frame bike for the same price is often a better bet, and a large part of that is because of the gears. More expensive gears tend to
work better and more smoothly, up to about the 1,000 euros, dollars, pounds mark for the bike. And after that, they just become lighter, with the exception, however,
of electronic gears, which do work better. They do, I’m sorry. Now, the number of gears shouldn’t be that much of an issue. Only that fewer gears at the back tends to denote slightly poorer performance, and slightly heavier weight. Wheels and tyres can make
or break ride quality. So, a good, lightweight set can have a transformative effect on you bike. So when you are purchasing a new one, you should definitely pay
attention to what is on it, and potentially make some
sacrifices elsewhere on the bike in order to get a crackin’ set of wheels. What happens if the
bike that you would like to buy comes with a saddle
that you don’t like, or toe clips and straps? You change ’em. That’s what having a little
bit of extra budget set aside to maybe buy a set of clipless
pedals, or buy a handlebar with a different shape
that you prefer can make a really big difference to a bike. So, try not to let just one
or two component choices put you off what might otherwise
be the best bike for you. Last, but by no means least, is the looks of your bike, the aesthetics of it. Now, I think, perhaps, it’s
deserved for even higher up our list, even though
it doesn’t sound like the most rational way of choosing a bike. But, hear me out. If you truly love the look of a bike, if it sets your heart racing
every time you see it, it’s in my mind, that is a great bike, and you can probably
forgive it any shortcomings if every time you set your eyes on it, you wanna go for a bike ride. That’s a great bike. Now, make sure you let us
know in the comment section down below what you think
is the best bike for you, why, and in fact, what is it? Then, also make sure you subscribe to GCN. To do that, just click on the globe. If you’re after more
content that might help you decide what the best bike is, we’ve got a great video just over there which is endurance bike vs
arrow bike vs lightweight bike. Or, on that whole
cyclocross vs road thing, that one’s just over there.

Reader Comments

  1. Hello! I am looking for a new bike under 300€ and I would like it to be fast on the road and can handle abit of offroad but doesnt have springs or what they are called. Sorry for my english I am from Finland

  2. Love what you said about aesthetics. You gotta to love how your bike looks. If you love it, you will ride it more ;)! Makes sense to me.

  3. One performance bike adapted to your level (Canyon Neuron for me) and one fun bike, Fat ripper is just incredible, riding the beach, wheeling, social ride, jumping stairs, life is easy on this bike :

  4. Best bicycle for me according to me is single gear bike. Large 28" wheels, wide tyres, robust. I do have such bike. I have added bell, reflectors, back lights, front lights. Durability, balance and comfort at reasonable price. When i do ride my bicycle very often i have been bypased by lot faster bikers with thin tyres like this bikes from the video. But that doesnt matter for me. Durability, strenght, balance and comfort that matters for me. Speed not that much.

  5. I pick out bikes solely by the looks! I like bikes that have nice color or just simply stylish looking! Especially ones that have that expensive LOOK that are cheap to buy. THIS IS what motivates me to ride!!! The 3 bikes I have are Schwinn Solara road bike $220, a Kent Terra 2.6 $80 both from Target. YEAH I KNOW, "cheap" bikes… Also bought an ebay bike Eurobike xc550. $160 off a private seller. I LOVE riding all of these, but for some reason, my favorite is the Eurobike. I just LOVE the style. AS of now, I feel like I want to look into the more professional brands. I'm looking at a budget of about $800

  6. Please may I ask for some advice from someone:

    Last Christmas I received a £950 mountain bike, which I contributed a lot to, with money from family, and parents. I absolutely love it, however I find myself riding it on the road a lot. I love mountain biking, but I also love fast speeds on the road. I'm 15 and I want both, a road bike, and a mountain bike. My family is by no means poor, and I would say possibly slightly above average, yet my parents don't just throw money away. My dad is a die-hard road biker, and I was too when I was younger (I grew out of my old road bike) I need to somehow persuade him that I need a road bike aswell, but I feel if I do, it will seem like I'm being ungrateful for my mountain bike.

  7. GCN needs a hybrid bike platform. When they considers bikes weight and speed are major factors and that is not the case in the hybrid market. Speed and weight are the major factors of races and those wanting to ride every where fast.

  8. I believe for me it would be gravel because I use it in the city for commuting and sometimes longer rides on weekends. I think that gravel can deal better with the changes of ground present in cities, such as curbs, sidewalks, grass paths etc…

  9. I’m Getting opinions that since I’m a big guy (6’1 , 250 LBS) I should get a mountain bike instead of a hybrid ? I live in northern California and we have a lot of paved bike trails along the river. What you think ?

  10. ill jsut buy a bike that weighs 9kg then i will try to lose 3 or 4 kg of my own weigth, same riding weigth as a 5kg or 6kg bike but cheaper and also i get to be slimmer

  11. Very helpful thanks! You put to rest my dilemma of going all carbon from my all aluminium right now. I've tested carbons and for sure love the diff they bring on vibrations and all, but didn't feel the zip i feel in my aluminum.. much because as i reallize for the tyres which i have on mine vs the trainers on carbons i tested. I'll save some money and yeah maybe look at wheels to be upgraded vs the whole bike. Thanks guys!

  12. i needing some help, i am wanting a bike, i will mainly using it for cycling to work and also going out with the kids, will be on mixed surfaces, but will not be doing any offload mountain biking as such, so would a hybrid with suspension forks be best, as i am not keen on curved bars, thanks

  13. I dont think I heard shit he said
    I thought he said, can u c my crotch now? Howwwww about now? How about now? I like the nice big n thick mountains

  14. I live in a town where the streets and sidewalks aren't even, so I need something that's going to stand up to a little bit of abuse even though it's a road bike.

  15. If comfort is crucial, especially if your back isn't entirely healthy consider the Specialized Roubaix models! They have built in suspension which makes for a smooth and fast ride!

  16. About seven or eight years ago I bought a Walmart brand road bike for about $280. I've had it in the shop and spent over $250 to get the gears redone but still have problems in 7 year. I would like to revise my tires though to the fatter size so that I can ride on gravel if I have to

  17. I think the last comment, about the looks of the bike are totally true! I've had a $600 Diamondback hybrid for eight years, I upgraded the gears and pedals, but it's cobalt blue and neon yellow and every time I see it, I get super excited and just WANT to ride. It's a heavy titanium beast, definitely not fast (my record speed on it was bombing downhill at 31mph / 49kmh, my average is 18mph / 28kmh), but it's reliable to and from work and school, and riding it in triathlon and on trails or back country roads is fun.

  18. So, I have a 2009 Felt F75 and am thinking about getting a new bike as I'm sure technology is much improved. Love the Felt, love my bike, but honestly, I've never really had anybody tell me what fits best for me. It was my first road bike and I am just not sure if another brand might be better for my body, riding style, and price point. I am tempted to stick with Felt only because it is what I know, but I worry that I might be missing something else. Test riding bikes is ok, but it seems that it is easy to like a bike for the short ride you do at the shop. Any suggestions? I should add that I'm feeling extremely guilty for thinking about a new bike. My old one has been a great and loyal friend.

  19. Recently I got a fitness fuji aluminium frame/fork bike (absolute 1.7 2019 model to be exact) that I love. It came with flat bar, thinking to change to drop bar.
    Would you consider this bike more of a cross bike or a road bike?
    Should I change also the fork to carbon for less weight?
    Thanks in advance

  20. Learned alot on what bike to get but I could not stop looking at this guy's limp banana. Pretty impressive tho even when limp 🙂

  21. I developed an oscillating pedal that is very efficient and it is the World's BEST design. Use a conventional bike, just remove it's cranks, spindle and chainwheel then assemble this invented mechanism . The conventional bike frame's bottom bracket will be the housing of this invention…..

    Here are the reasons why you should invest for this project

    Inventor: Genaro Francis Tabag
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  22. I live in Amsterdam so I have like four bikes, a cheap crappy city bike, a basic mountainbike, and two road bikes with straight bars

  23. My 2015 Kuota Kharma full ultegra and Di2 is my greatest possession. I wake up to it. It's in my room. I take numerous photos of it. I just LOVE the freaking bike.

  24. Hey, somebody help me here, I just want a favourably affordable bike for racing, how much will it cost me , and what's its name, where can I find it, I live in Dallas Texas.

  25. Enjoyed video, Looking at road bikes. Cannondale or Bianchi. Leaning towards Bianchi at moment perhaps Aria. Enjoyed Presentation 🚲👍

  26. I love how everyone is keeping it professional and avoiding the fact that this dude is packing some good ORBEA!

  27. I just cannot believe that you did not mention anything about gears which is probably the most important part of the bike!! It is amazing and disappointing as well. The material of the frame plays no role comparative to the effect of the gears!! How unrealistic and totally misleading presentation!

  28. I've got a great mountain bike, but I definitely could use a road bike for a lot of the training I do, maybe the occasional race here and there, I use to train on an old 1990 Diamondback Centurion, with Tri- bars. So far I've looked into Specialized Tarmac, and Roubaix, I guess I'm going to test ride a few different brands out. I'm looking for a bike that loves speed, but can also do long rides well and on not so great asphalt roads. I'd like to keep a budget around $2500 or less. Any recommendations?

  29. The best bike is often one which has been put together by the rider. I mean buying a frame and then looking around for all the components separately so that you get everything exactly how you like it.

  30. I ride a 2004 Trek 1800 c with an aluminum frame yet that’s all I could afford at the time! It now has been upgraded a lot everything is now carbon including the cranks and saddle! So to be honest get the bike you can afford then personalize it over time! You don’t have to have a super bike or anything super fancy!

  31. I’m a very good climber so I’ve been looking at the Trek Émonda SL5 but the Specialized Diverge was so comfortable to me and I really liked riding around on it

  32. I can’t really decide so in the end I ordered the Pinarello dogma f12 and Cervelo p3x, not sure if I will ride them frequent enough to make the money worth, but just can’t say no to beautiful bikes

  33. I bought a used Giant TCR C1 (full carbon with ultegra groupset) I love that frigging bike I have NEVER felt a bike that surges up a hill Ive been riding it since November and every time I enter a hill I STILL get wide eyed. (Wow!) . Start off in too high a gear? NO problem muscle out of it. Problem is Cleveland Ohio (USA) streets are garbage. Thanks for the video gents. I think you are leaning me torward a gravel bike. Now.. which one.. good lord there are a million options even in Local Cleveland Bike shops. HELP! my problem is I am a 48 year old overweight man with a 26.5 inch inseam (67cm for you metric chaps) yeah im short and have shorter legs.

  34. Cyclocross isn't for me… I don't get it. I mean, maybe if you're commuting and part of your ride is dirt, and part is street… but honestly, why anyone would buy a road bike with cunt hair thin MTB wheels is beyond me. To REALLY enjoy fire roads a hard tail MTB is the way to go anyway.. That money could be better spent on a higher class road bike… or MTB… I'm a proponent of owning two bikes… not one underly versatile cyclocross bike

  35. Northrock sc1 and Northrock XC27 made exclusively to Costco. I paid 1000 bucks for both. I had money 💰 left to add modifications.

  36. So that huge handling advantage is balance it in the other Way by just 2 kilometers per hour? I would definitely by mountain bike…

  37. i dont know shit about bikes.but i want to buy one just to do some workout and to stop using car for short distances. any suggestions for USA? something good but not toooo expensive.

  38. Loving your presentations and insights. Picking up my new Scott Addict 30 tomorrow and cannot wait to get it out on the roads around home here in Australia!

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