Reviewed: 8 Great, Entry Level Road Bikes | $1000 & Under

Sunny road bicycle ride

Eight of the Best Quality Road Bikes Below $1000

It wasn’t that long ago that spending less than $1000 on a road bike was the domain of commuters looking to find a cheap ride into work. The market has changed dramatically since, and the $1000 range is now becoming a very competitive price point.

There’s a lot of value to be found. This piece is written to help you find a good road bike at or below $1000. We’ll be reviewing each one, mentioning the style of riding it’s suited for, and any other concerns worth noting.

This article is part of a series on entry level road bikes. Stay tuned for the next piece, which will explore the $1500 price range!

Essential Road Cycling Gear for Hot Weather

Cycling In The Heat

There’s an old saying from a Noel Coward song that only “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”. Really that has to extend to cyclists too. We often set out early but many rides take us into the heat of the day. Environmental strain can have a dramatic effect on our cycling.

We need to prepare both our body and kit to deal with conditions of extreme heat and the potentially damaging rays of the sun.

After the hardships of riding through winter a great summer day’s cycling ride can really put a smile on our face. As we speed along we create a current of wind to cool us adding to our comfort. Still, we need to be aware of the risks of dehydration, sunburn and the subsequent implications a mechanical problem could have.

Reviewed: 4 Great Bike Repair Stands | Simplify Maintenance

A Few Good Bicycle Work Stand Reviews: Four Cheap Options

When you’re doing any sort of maintenance on your bicycle, gravity is the enemy.

It’s really difficult to pull parts, troubleshoot an issue, or even perform a tune-up without elevating the bike.

You’ve probably noticed that most bike shops have these big stands that clamp around the seatpost. They make life so much easier!

You might be surprised to know that it’s pretty easy to find a good, affordable bicycle repair stand that’s close to pro quality. Not all stands are equal, but there are some gems if you do your research.

I’ve used a bunch of stands in my cycling life. Some were great, some frankly sucked.

This article is written to help any cyclist searching for a decently priced cycle work stand for repairs and tune-ups. Ready? Let’s roll!

5 Good, Cheap Full Carbon Road Bikes | $2000 & Under

What Are The Cheapest Carbon Road Bikes Worth Riding?

Carbon fibre entered the cycling scene with a bang. It’s a material that has been heralded as being incredibly strong and light, something that road cyclists are always on the hunt for.

In fact, carbon is at least 10 times stronger than steel. Hard to believe, yet true!

The downside to this amazing material is the expense. Since the product is far more labour intensive to produce, it pushes up the price of finished bikes.

Here’s the good news: the technology is now more mainstream, and cheap carbon fibre road bikes are arriving.

16 Struggles Only A Commuter Cyclist Will Understand

Cyclists in the rain

As though cycling to work everyday isn’t difficult enough…

Cyclists share equal rights on the road, yet we’re constantly exposed, pushed around, cut off and misunderstood.

Cities are catching on to this whole bicycle trend. Bike lanes are appearing, and drivers are starting to learn to look for us.

We’ve still got a long way to go, but plenty of people are cycling to work every day. In the meantime, all you can really do is ride defensively and have a laugh where you can.

Here are a few things that bicycle commuters might relate to. I hope it makes you chuckle!

4 iPhone / Android-Friendly Cadence & Speed Sensors | Reviews

Up Your Cycling Game: Bluetooth Cadence and Speed Sensors

If you’re a huge fan of cycling analytics – monitoring your improving speed, fitness level and ride pace – you’re probably aware of the many powerful cycling computers out there.

They’re powerful tools for upping your game, improving your times and reaching your athletic peak.

Once upon a time, a good cycling cadence and speed sensor would cost you hundreds. They would require extensive wiring and water protection, and they wouldn’t necessarily work all that well.

But know this: you may have a cycling computer in your pocket already.

There are a bunch of great apps which essentially turn your phone into a cycling computer.

Thanks to your smartphone, some clever apps and bluetooth technology, a cadence and speed sensor for iPhone or Android is a reality, and an affordable one at that. No wires, no fuss, no excess gadgetry cluttering up your home or bicycle frame.

This article will review a few of the best iPhone / Android cadence and speed sensors. We’ll examine them, listing the stats, pros and cons of each.

4 Good, Cheap Fixed Gear Wheelsets | Single Speed Gear Reviews

Got a Single Speed Project? We Review 4 Good, Fixed Gear Bike Wheels for 2015

If you live in any major city, you’ve seen them. They’re fast, fun and beautiful. Fixed gear bikes are a ‘back to the basics’ concept that has caught on in a major way.

The idea is really simple: rather than having gears, derailleurs and a freewheel, these bikes have only one speed. In addition, the cog is fixed to the rear wheel.

That means it turns at the same speed as the wheel… and no coasting!

4 Signs That Your Wheels Deperately Need Truing

The wheels are the most important components on your bike. They’re big, they’re noticeable, and if they fail, you’re in trouble.

I’m shocked by how many people ride around on floppy wheels with loose spokes. It’s a hazard!

Truing is the process of tightening your spokes. It makes the rim nice and straight, and creates a strong structure.

Not sure if your wheels are out of true? Are you willing to bet your life on it?

Here are a few signs that your wheels are in dire need of truing.

Top 3 Clipless Cycling Pedals for Beginners | Reviews & Options

What are some good, clipless bicycle pedals for beginner riders?

Getting the right pedal is crucial for beginners. Your pedals are an important interface between rider and bike. Your pedals are the most crucial contact point with the bike for developing power through the cranks. Therefore, getting the right pair for your riding should be a top priority for any road cyclist, regardless of your experience or riding ability.

Also called ‘clip-in’ or ‘step-in’ cycling pedals, they affix your shoes firmly to the pedals, letting you focus on your speed, cadence and terrain rather than your grip on the cranks. They’re intimidating to try out, but with the right set you’ll be hooked.

A good set of beginner clipless cycling pedals should be easy to clip in and out of, yet capable enough to provide an enjoyable ride and last a long time.

This article will do two things: first, it will suggest some great clip-in cycling shoes with easy features and good durability. Secondly, I’ll make a shoe suggestion to match with the pedal. We’ll focus on inexpensive, affordable components only.

Ready to check out a few of the easiest clipless pedals for beginners? Keep on scrolling down.

What Are Clipless Pedals? A Beginner’s Guide

A pair of clipless shoes and pedals.

A Beginner’s Guide to Clipless Pedals, and How To Use Them

Switching to clipless pedals can be a source of anxiety for many cyclists. Your shoes are held tightly in place by a mechanism, and locking feet to pedals puts a scary image in the back of a riders mind. They don’t want to lose control on the bike.

However if there’s one upgrade on your bike that will make you a faster, more efficient and more controlled cyclist, it’s the addition of clipless (or “clip-in”) pedals to help enhance your riding. They’ll even have similar effects during a spin class as well. The fact is, once you experience the positive effects of riding with clipless pedals for beginners, you will not go back to cycling without.

Having recently tried old fashion clips and straps on a hire bike whilst on holiday in Sardinia, I realized just how much a set of clipless pedals can benefit anyone’s cycling. The difference in pedalling efficiency I felt was huge and there was a distinct lack of the control I would expect from cycling with clipless pedals.

This piece is written for any cyclist looking into clipless pedals for the first time. I’ll talk about how clipless pedals work, how to use them, and give you some tips to get comfortable with clip-in cycling in general.