Buying a quality road bike is a great idea, but you need to ensure that you are setting the bike up correctly. If you do not set the bike up correctly you could risk injuries and you will not enjoy your ride. There are a number of tips that you can use to ensure you are setting up the bike correctly.
Look At The Saddle Height
Your pedaling efficiency is something that can be impacted by the height of your saddle. Adjusting your saddle height until it is correct will take some time and require a bit of patience. If you are unsure about whether or not you have reached the correct height then you should take a trip to your local bike store. The people in the store should be able to help you find the right height.
Adjust The Height Of The Handlebars
New road bikes will have a lot of steerer tube spacers above and below the stem. While the height of the handlebars may be fine when you get the bike it is also possible to easily adjust them. You will need to have an Allen tool to remove the stem top cap and to loosen the stem bolts. You will then be able to move the spaces to the position that is right for you. It is important that you are comfortable on your bike and having the handlebars in the correct position will help.
Have The Right Tire Pressure
Your tire pressure can make a huge difference in how well the bike performs. If the pressure is too low then the bike will feel slow, but too high will create a harsh ride. The sidewalls of the tires will state what their maximum inflation pressure is, but this does not mean that you should be inflating them to this pressure. You will have to consider the condition of the roads and your weight when looking at the pressure.
It is recommended that you experiment a little with the tire pressure. You should lower the pressure by 10 psi and then go for a ride. If you find that the bike feels slow then increase the pressure, but if the ride is harsh you should decrease the pressure more. You can continue doing this until you find a sweet spot with the pressure.
Use A Torque Wrench For Bolts
There are a few bolts that are going to be holding your road bike together and each of them will have a recommended torque setting. This is why you need to have a torque wrench when you set-up your road bike. The torque setting will generally be printed near the bolt and you need to use this. Over-tightening your bolts can cause a number of problems when you want to ride your bike.
There are a number of points that you need to consider when setting up your road bike. This is particularly important if you have bought the bike online and have not gone to a store where they can set it up correctly.