Most reviewers discuss road bikes by breaking them down into categories based on price or geometry. The most affordable road bikes cost around Rs. 6000, and they typically have an upright, relaxed geometry that's comfortable for new riders. They usually sport aluminum frames and have cheaper components to keep prices in check.
Road bikes costing more than Rs. 10,000 are designed for enthusiasts or aspiring racers who are willing to spend more for better performance. At the low end, these bikes have aluminum frames with weight-saving carbon forks, in addition to mid-range components. Once you get closer to Rs. 75,000, it's increasingly easier to find bikes with full-carbon frames, which are lighter and absorb more road vibration than their aluminum counterparts. Bikes in this price range either have an aggressive, race-oriented geometry for aspiring racers or a more upright ride (sometimes called "plush" bikes) for those who participate in endurance road rides or touring.
At the high end, you can spend Rs. 1.5 lac to more than Rs. 10 lac for a serious road bike. These are the lightest and have top-of-the-line components. Carbon frames are standard in this price range, but some pricey road bikes also feature lightweight titanium frames. You can also find high-end time-trial and triathlon road bikes, which are designed to be fast and aerodynamic.
Experts say that fit should be your most important criterion in selecting a road bicycle; start your search at a bike shop for a proper fitting. Before you go, determine how much you are willing to spend. That will depend on your personal finances and how you intend to use the bike -- road bikes for beginners and general riders cost much less than bikes for competitive cyclists. When you get to the shop, tell the staff you want to see several different bikes in your price range. In addition, keep the following in mind when shopping for a new road bike:
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