Roadbiking – Important Tips to buy a roadbike and start!

Roadbiking in India – Introduction!

Roadbiking / Cycling dates back to 1938 with Cycling Federation of India as the governing body taking care of this sport. India also prides being a part of 1948 Olympics in London in this category.

With the COVID pandemic, Cycling is again picking pace among enthusiasts and health-conscious citizens alike across the globe.

Cycling is not just a sport but also a medium to explore your city while being on a cycle.

Type of Bikes

Bikes explored in India include:

  • Road bike
  • MTB
  • Hybrid
Types of Bikes available
Riding SurfacesBike Types
Paved roads and bike pathsRoad bikes, hybrid bikes and electric bikes 
Pavement (from pristine to potholed) and natural surfacesHybrid bikes and electric bikes
All-road ridingGravel and touring bikes
Dirt roads and trailsMountain bikes and electric bikes

Roadbikes are typically used for city or normal roads and not preferred for off-roads due to their thin tyre design.

MTB is Mountain Terrain Bikes predominantly used for Off-roading and riding in unpaved roads in the mountains.

Hybrid Bikes are popular as they are a mix of features from Roadbike and MTB’s and are value for money.

Selecting the correct Roadbike

The first parameter to consider is to select a bike based on where you would be using it the most.

Road biking Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

The next parameter, which is very vital that you don’t end up having injuries is a buying a bike which is ideal for your height.

Height chart from Bicycling.com

Finally, ensure that you check the performance of the roadbike that you are looking to purchase and explore multiple models.

There are many brands in bikes in the market ranging as below basis prices:

Starting range according to $ / ₹:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Trek Bikes

Scott Bikes

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I personally ride Trek Bikes Domane AL, and boy it is very convenient and comfortable even when you do a 100 kms round trip. I felt it very comfortable though a bit high on price.

Benefits of Cycling

Some of the benefits of cycling are staying fit and a lot more in the times of enhancing immunity, the list is long and not limited to the below:

  • Enhancing cardiovascular fitness
  • increased muscle strength and flexibility
  • improved joint mobility
  • decreased stress levels
  • improving posture and coordination
  • strengthened bones
  • decreased body fat levels
  • prevention or management of disease

My Roadbike experiences

My cycling journey started with a basic Atlas cycle a couple of years back and I ended up commuting to work on a few instances.

This coupled with regular running and trekking made me start a serious thought of cycling in a proper manner and riding a bicycle ideal for my height.

This made me start exploring for bicycles and zeroed in on road bikes after a lot of research.

Coming to roadbikes, my hunt next during the relaxation of lockdown was on which road bike and almost all places had them sold out.

A friend recommended me to check out Yellow Jersey in Hyderabad and I bumped into a Black carbon frame masterpiece.

My son and I finally decided to buy Domane AL of Trek bikes and bought it home.

A few accessories- vanity bag, night light

Three months and close to 900 KM’s lafter, I am very happy with the purchase.

Should Trekking be of interest to you, please read my blogpost on Everest Base Camp

Add-ons

For those who are serious about road biking, I will recommend the following add-ons to make your ride experience better:

  • Hand held air pump
  • Multiple water bottle holders
  • Poncho (rainy seasons)
  • Bike multitool kit
  • Vanity bag to carry your basics like energy bar and the above items
  • Good variant Helmet
  • Cycling Shorts with extra cushion
  • Punctute kit ( DIY Puncture)

Let me know in comments if I missed on any essential must carryon.

Latest Addition to Roadbike

Last few days saw me purchase a Indoor Trainer with the traffic coming in full swing onto the streets. Also with working picking up.

Headed over to Decathlon and purchased their Indoor Trainer and a Basic Sensor for calculating Speed and Cadence of the efforts at home.

A first hand experience from my side, it would be a tad costly depending on which bike and make do you purchase but I personally felt it to be a worthy investment to stay fit and inculcate a healthy lifestyle.

Have similar stories? Do share your experiences in the comments section!!

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. chinmayeecreations – Lost in my own thoughts!
    chinmayeecreations says:

    what a detailed post. I did not know that there were so many specifications that goes into choosing a cycle… amazing it is!!

  2. Tina Sequeira
    Tina Sequeira says:

    Wow, what a detailed post! Thanks for this article, I will come back to it, for bike gifting options for my husband. 🙂 #MyFriendAlexa #TinaReads

  3. Nupur | Practicalmum
    practicalmumnupur says:

    Great tips! Cycling is certainly the popular health fad these days, but i’ve always been wary of investing in an expensive bike and then not using it !! Perhaps like you, I can start with a basic bike first and then switch to a fancier one, once i’m sure of the time commitment required for cycling.

    1. TravelwithSrikanth – Hyderabad, India – Thank you for visiting my Travelogue, I am Srikanth a full-time Learning professional and a Travel Blogger by passion. He started with his travel passion for Road-trips in India, followed by a extensive Switzerland Travel exploring places. Srikanth has clocked over 80,000 kilometers in India on some of the tough roads of Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh and through the entire South India in search of the best Biryani as he featured on reputed News Papers in collaboration with ScoutMyTrip on this journey.
      Srikanth's Traveldiaries says:

      Totally agree Nupur, a starting Roadbike depending on the brand would vary in cost, there are a few online vendors who are selling a Roadbike at a premium than the official website by atleast 5k-10k, so be wary and do a thorough research before purchasing one…

  4. Parul Malhotra – Your internet buddy who chats a lot. Step-in and say hello, while I talk about myself a bit here.
    Parul Malhotra says:

    I wish my husband would have read your post before investing into one.

  5. Isheeria's Healing Circles – Helping people re-design their Lives. Numerology, Astrology, Feng Shui, Tarot Reading and Reiki Healing. Book Reviews, Reviews & Views & Fun Stuff. Hand make 100% natural cosmetics.
    Isheeria's Healing Circles says:

    This is such an informative post. i find roadbiking to be so interesting, but not something i have been able to do myself yet. this is a lot of good tips to get started.

  6. Shweta Suresh – India – A twenty-something who loves to write short stories, especially ones with a twist. You might find a couple of poems, life experiences and rants in the mix too. :)
    Shweta Suresh says:

    Whoa! That is a whole lot of stuff that I didn’t know about roadbiking. I didn’t know that there were so many different types!

  7. judy morris
    judy morris says:

    Thanks for this super useful article I am a cycle enthusiast and was thinking of buying one but was not able to make my mind. your article was really helpful.

  8. jaya1966
    jaya1966 says:

    Bicycling is indeed a very good exercise especially for overweight and diabetic people like me. Before the pandemic I tried to commute to my office by back. My office is just 15 minutes travel by bike. But unfortunately I had to give it up because of the rash driving of the motorists and fear of accidents. I have never tried biking on mountain roads. I would definitely like to try it sometime.

    1. TravelwithSrikanth – Hyderabad, India – Thank you for visiting my Travelogue, I am Srikanth a full-time Learning professional and a Travel Blogger by passion. He started with his travel passion for Road-trips in India, followed by a extensive Switzerland Travel exploring places. Srikanth has clocked over 80,000 kilometers in India on some of the tough roads of Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh and through the entire South India in search of the best Biryani as he featured on reputed News Papers in collaboration with ScoutMyTrip on this journey.
      Srikanth's Traveldiaries says:

      Yes that is main challenge, insensible driving by motorists. I used to commute to office on my old Atlas cycle and waiting for lockdown to ease and offices to start next year so I can cycle atleast a couple of times in a week…
      Hoping governments are more strategic about promoting public transport / cycling with enhancing infra..

  9. शिप्रा त्रिवेदी – अपने बीते हुए बचपन को फिर से जीती हुई, अपने सपनो के पीछे भागती हुई, और अपने छोटे से परिवार में रची बसी, मैं, बस एक आम शख्सियत हूँ..
    Shipra Trivedi says:

    Wow..I really appreciate this post. I never knew the types of cycles. Despite I used a cycle only to commute to my school and then graduation college. I was unaware that we can have accessories as well with road bike. My father all his work life used a cycle to commute to office.It was both exercise and comfort for him to continue it for years.

    1. TravelwithSrikanth – Hyderabad, India – Thank you for visiting my Travelogue, I am Srikanth a full-time Learning professional and a Travel Blogger by passion. He started with his travel passion for Road-trips in India, followed by a extensive Switzerland Travel exploring places. Srikanth has clocked over 80,000 kilometers in India on some of the tough roads of Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh and through the entire South India in search of the best Biryani as he featured on reputed News Papers in collaboration with ScoutMyTrip on this journey.
      Srikanth's Traveldiaries says:

      probably cycling was one of the secrets of our parents and generations before, we are now used to the comforts of an AC vehicle and hardly focusing on exercising. Cycling is something I really liked, at times, get a bit distracted but keep coming back to having a routine.. Addictive if i could say.. Glad my post could be of help 🙂

  10. vartikasdiary1
    vartika says:

    I love cycling and before he lockdown, I would often hire a bike and roam around the city for my chores, also I intended to buy one but then this madness started, this is a very useful post, pinning it to refer later also.

    1. TravelwithSrikanth – Hyderabad, India – Thank you for visiting my Travelogue, I am Srikanth a full-time Learning professional and a Travel Blogger by passion. He started with his travel passion for Road-trips in India, followed by a extensive Switzerland Travel exploring places. Srikanth has clocked over 80,000 kilometers in India on some of the tough roads of Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh and through the entire South India in search of the best Biryani as he featured on reputed News Papers in collaboration with ScoutMyTrip on this journey.
      Srikanth's Traveldiaries says:

      Glad you do Vartika, we are waiting for the cycling tracks that is going to be piloted in Hyderabad… Hopefully, Roadbiking would be adapted by many…

  11. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna – United States
    Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    Here in USA biking is a passion for so many people. recently we also had started it as a part of family fitness activity. thanks for sharing useful tips. will help a lot to all who are new to this.

  12. Harshita – A Reader, A Writer and a Castle in the Air Builder
    Harshita Nanda says:

    I have always loved cycling, though now I love in a city which is not very cycling friendly. We are planning to buy bikes for my kids though, I think this is page I should book mark!

    1. TravelwithSrikanth – Hyderabad, India – Thank you for visiting my Travelogue, I am Srikanth a full-time Learning professional and a Travel Blogger by passion. He started with his travel passion for Road-trips in India, followed by a extensive Switzerland Travel exploring places. Srikanth has clocked over 80,000 kilometers in India on some of the tough roads of Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh and through the entire South India in search of the best Biryani as he featured on reputed News Papers in collaboration with ScoutMyTrip on this journey.
      Srikanth's Traveldiaries says:

      Non availability of Cycling tracks in cities is a major disadvantage. Hope government enhances infrastructure for such activities

  13. aditi – Delhi-NCR – A lifestyle blogger who loves to explore diverse fields. Join me in my journey:)
    aditi says:

    Wow, so much information about road bikes! I’m going to share this with my brother who’s a cycling lover!

  14. jainnehas
    jainnehas says:

    Awesome post. It has everything I need to tell my brother. Thanks for writing.

  15. Suchita – Reader | Writer | Gyaani
    Suchita says:

    I don’t remember the last time I sat on an actual bike! It’s mostly gym bikes these days – and not even those lately. I got to cycling late and never did like the idea much. I think I was always scared of falling or hurting myself. But it sounds like an amazing experience to explore your city on the back of a cycle 🙂

  16. Atulmaharaj – India – I am Atul, Atulpriya Sharma aka Atulmaharaj online :P Currently working as an IT professional. I’m an alumni of Amity University, Noida, The Brigade School, Bengaluru, New Era High School, Panchgani(Taare Zameen Par waala school :P) I am a POLYGLOT(Hindi,English,Gujarati, French, Marathi, Malayalam, Telugu under process :P) Interested in cooking, listening to music, and trying out new things and an enthusiast in learning new languages. I played professional cricket and have represented my school at various districts and zonal level tournaments. I am also interested in Drawing and Painting. I have won several Regional and National Awards. I have passed the State Level Elementary and Intermediate Drawing exams . I am an avid quizzer and have a deep interest in Politics, Law and Indian History. I represented my school in the Cadbury Bournvita Quiz Contest in February 2005 at Kolkata. I was in the Prefect Council for 3 consecutive years and also the Head Boy of the New Era High School. I was made Secretary of Art and Performing Arts at The Brigade School. I have also worked with Mr. Aamir Khan in his blockbuster TAARE ZAMEEN PAR. Working with Aamir Sir was a great learning experience for me. I got to learn many new things from all the instances during the shoot. I helped in filming the climax – Art Mela Scene – and worked closely with Aamir Sir and the directors. Aamir Khan also mentioned that I was a great help in filming on his blog here. (Navigate to Aamir’s responses ->Reply no.4) This blog was started in December 2012 and has come a long way since then. I have a wide range of interests, ranging from Food, Cooking, Sports, Politics, Law, Finances, Aam Aadmi Issues, movies etc etc. So don’t be surprised if you see any type of post here. This blog will have all sorts of posts which might be helpful to many. So keep reading and drop in your valuable suggestions so that I could improve ! Cheers ! Well there is a lot more about me, but for that follow my blog or follow me on twitter !
    Atulmaharaj says:

    Wow, never knew there were sizes in bicycles too! This is an eye opening post for me, there’s so much into bicycles. At first I thought, you’re just a cycling enthusiast. But your an encyclopaedia of bicycles!

  17. momtasticworld
    momtasticworld says:

    This was such a comprehensive post on roadbiking, especially for a beginner like me. I have saved it and will be utilizing the information soon as I had been contemplating on buying once since forever.

    1. TravelwithSrikanth – Hyderabad, India – Thank you for visiting my Travelogue, I am Srikanth a full-time Learning professional and a Travel Blogger by passion. He started with his travel passion for Road-trips in India, followed by a extensive Switzerland Travel exploring places. Srikanth has clocked over 80,000 kilometers in India on some of the tough roads of Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh and through the entire South India in search of the best Biryani as he featured on reputed News Papers in collaboration with ScoutMyTrip on this journey.
      Srikanth's Traveldiaries says:

      Thanks for liking the details and am sure would definitely help you as you select a roadbike..

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