What should I pay attention to when buying my first racing bike?

July 29 2021

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Read the 6 pro tips from Eager Bikes here so that you can choose your first bike with confidence - so you can be sure that you buy the perfect first road bike!

1. Go for an 'entry-level' bike

Keep it simple with your first bike and choose an entry-level model as your first racing bike. An entry-level model is understood to mean a bicycle of around €1000 new. Often entry-level road bikes have an aluminum frame, which is good enough for beginners to start with. You can always upgrade to a bicycle with a carbon frame at a later stage. Carbon frames are lighter in weight and the material is stiffer. Stiff material provides better power transfer with every kick the rider makes. To start cycling, it is unnecessary to immediately buy the most expensive and best-assembled bicycle. First go cycling on an entry-level racing bike, so that you can put your condition to the test and experience how you feel about cycling! We promise it won't disappoint!

"Often entry-level road bikes have an aluminum frame, which is good enough for beginners to start with."

In addition, you always buy a bicycle from Eager with a Buyback guarantee. This means that you are guaranteed to be able to sell your (entry-level) bicycle back to Eager within 18 months of your purchase date. Super handy in case you want to upgrade and are ready for a more advanced bike. Check out the Buyback program here .

2. A good price-quality ratio is important

The groupset that is mounted on a racing bicycle is a very important part of the bicycle, because it determines a very large part of your experience during your bike rides. A groupset consists of all parts that ensure that you can shift and brake. We recommend that you do not immediately opt for the most expensive group of, for example, the popular Shimano groupsets, with which most bicycles are assembled. When you start cycling, the Shimano 105 groupset is more than suitable for your ambitions! With this groupset you get a lot of value for your money. You don't have to choose Shimano Ultegra or Dura Ace right away, this is mainly used by advanced cyclists. We would also recommend the Tiagra groupset if you want to pay extra attention to your budget. Read here our blog post where we compare different groups of Shimano based on performance and price range.

"If you're into cycling, the Shimano 105 groupset is more than suitable for your ambitions!"

3. Make sure you buy the right size

Because Eager likes to inform its customers as well as possible about the road bikes on offer, Eager shows the ideal rider height for each product page. specific bike. This allows customers to shop in a targeted manner. This is a range of ±10-15 cm which represents the height of the ideal rider for the respective bike size.

If you buy your bike on another marketplace, you should first buy a be able to have a bike fit done. Note that this is pricey! And if you buy your bike from a local bike shop, there are plenty of experts who can help you determine your size.

"Because Eager likes to give its customers the best If possible, about the road bikes on offer, Eager shows the ideal rider height for the specific bike on each product page, so that customers can shop in a targeted manner."

4. Which braking system is right for me?

There are two choices: the (traditional) rim brakes or the (new) disc brakes. You cannot switch between rim brakes and disc brakes later, so think carefully about your wishes.

The advantages and disadvantages per braking system are the following:

Rim brakes:
- Advantage: Light & Inexpensive
- Disadvantage: Less predictable in wet conditions

Disc brakes:
- Advantage: Work better in wet conditions
- Disadvantage: Weight & Price

Disc brakes are heavier than rim brakes, especially in this price segment. The advantage of disc brakes is that they always work in wet conditions. But they don't brake better when it's dry, so you don't have to do it for that. Both are good choices, but if you're a little more careful with your budget, we recommend the rim brakes. In terms of maintenance, rim brakes are also a bit more user-friendly. It is easier to replace a few brake pads on your rim brakes yourself than to bleed your disc brake system or install a new brake disc.

5. What kind of tires should I get?

Manufacturers often save on the tires (and wheels) they supply with their newly produced racing bikes. Cheap tires often have a higher rolling resistance combined with a higher weight. Our advice: just leave those cheap tires on and ride them on. Once you've worn the tires, go for an upgrade.

25mm or 28mm tires are both very common. They give you a lot of comfort and grip and it is a misconception to think that a narrower tire produces less rolling resistance.

Another piece of advice: do not use tubeless tyres. Tubeless tires are tires without inner tubes. This is a new system that manufacturers have developed. Manufacturers would like you to switch to tubeless because they can earn a lot from this. They can then sell you more expensive tires including all the extras needed to ride tubeless. Think of liquid latex, tubeless rim tape and special valves.

Normal inner tubes are cheaper and very easy to use. If you have a puncture, replace your inner tube with a spare tire of a few euros that you took with you on the road.

6. Don't get caught up in the wrong things

Group sets are innovated annually and therefore improved. In terms of performance, a new Shimano 105 groupset is often better than a relatively old Shimano Ultegra groupset. So don't focus on an old Ultegra groupset and always put it in the right perspective.

Don't focus on the weight either. Losing a kilo yourself is a lot cheaper and as a beginner you will not notice the difference between an 8 and 9 kilo bike, especially if you ride on the flat.

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