Can I Ride a Bike before I buy it?
If you could just
ride one before you bought it, to be sure whether you'll like it
The truth is, test
rides are not an effective tool in evaluating whether a bike will work
for you in the long run. Here's why:
- A test ride
is too short to gather any usable information about a bike.
- Any information
gathered can be considered generally inaccurate (positive or negative)
since the bike will be reconfigured for the customer with the correct
stem, bars saddle and adjustments prior to delivery.
- The bike you
test ride is not specifically built to your dimensions.
It doesn't have the saddle you need, the correct stem length, handlebar
type, pedal system, crank length, seatpost type. Any information you
gather from the test ride will be misleading, either positive or negative.
- Test rides are
not conducted in the same environment you will be riding in.
- Most cyclists
don't know how to test ride a bike to gather valuable information
about its suitability. They are looking for a "feeling"
rather than evaluating the bike for specific performance characteristics
such as ride quality, bottom bracket stiffness, fit and frame design.
- Minor factors
such as road surface, the clothing you are wearing, and especially
tire pressure can influence a test ride to such a degree that the
information is not only inaccurate, it is misleading.
- The test ride
reveals nothing about the ownership experience once you bring the
bike home. How will it feel after an hour? How will handle on the
roads you ride? How will it hold adjustments?
- For recreational
type bikes, such as ATBs for family or neighborhood use and some types
of mountain bikes a test ride is an excellent tool for evaluating
if the bike is right for you.
- For cyclists
just entering the sport of road cycling, touring, club rides or triathlon
riding the test ride is an ineffective method of evaluating if a bike
is appropriate for your needs.
- Taking responsibility
for the customer's ownership experience is critical to us at Bikesport,
Inc. Relying on dubious selling techniques such as test rides or letting
inexperienced cyclists evaluate a bike for themselves would be irresponsible.
- Bikesport, Inc.
uses a technique for fitting and selling road and triathlon bikes
that has taken over 13 years to develop. It has proven, over and over,
to be an effective system in matching a rider and their needs to the
right bike to insure a positive and lasting ownership experience.