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How to choose a road bike?

Here are some tips to keep in mind as you begin the search for a road bike.

When buying your first road bike, you need to know what type of bike suits you best. There are three main things to consider when choosing a road bike: budget, size, and type. Let us guide you in finding your perfect road bike.

1. Things to consider before choosing a road bike

Before embarking on an intensive search for your road bike, it's important to ask yourself the right questions to make an initial selection.


Knowing how much you want to spend on such a machine is important, especially since they come in all price ranges! This way, you can select bikes that fit within your budget.


If you plan to train every day, opt for a high-performance and comfortable bike intended for experienced cyclists. If you plan to ride mainly on weekends or during vacations, go for a bike with a good value for money.


The more hours you spend on your saddle, the more important the comfort of your bike becomes. This parameter determines the choice of frame rigidity and a more or less comfortable saddle, according to your preferences.


If you plan on riding hilly or mountainous routes, go for a versatile bike with a triple crankset. For a first purchase, an aluminum frame and a carbon fork make an excellent compromise between comfort and performance.

How to choose a road bike?

2. Choose a bike for your size: Men and women

The first step to choosing the right road bike is to determine your size. As a rule of thumb, the bike height is appropriate if, when you are seated on the saddle, the tips of your toes touch the ground.

Note: The seat post should be several centimeters below the maximum, but the saddle should not be flush with the frame either. Before your first session, follow our tips to ensure an optimal position."

How to choose a road bike?
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3. Think about riding gear

Make room in your budget for gear that will contribute to your daily comfort. Although wearing a helmet is not compulsory in Canada, it is strongly recommended. It is incredibly useful if you fall, get thrown off or have trouble avoiding low obstacles.

Don’t forget to wear an outfit that’s suitable for your ride and the weather. It’s important to wear bike shorts in summer, long tights in winter, with quality pads. Wearing a base layer in summer and fall will properly wick away perspiration. Complete your seasonal gear with a short-sleeved jersey (for summer) and a long-sleeved jersey or jacket (for when temperatures drop).

Now you’re well prepared to choose your first road bike for your body type.

How to choose a road bike?

3. Helmets, shoes, apparel: Remember to get the right gear

Make sure to include the proper gear in your budget for your daily comfort. The helmet, even if not mandatory, is strongly recommended. It will protect you in case of a fall, debris projection, or low obstacle.

Remember to wear clothing that is suitable for your practice and weather conditions. Quality biking shorts, shorter in the summer and longer in the winter, with the proper padding, is essential. It many advantages such as a stretch fabric that stays snug to the skin, which avoids friction, a major source of irritation. It's also an asset for aerodynamics and optimal freedom of movement.

A cycling jersey, worn in both summer and winter, will be light and breathable, perfect for properly evacuating sweat. Complete your gear with a short-sleeved t-shirt in summer, or a long-sleeved t-shirt or jacket when temperatures drop.

4. Which type of road bike to choose?

A lightweight bike frame to slice through the air and race against the clock? A two-wheeler for leisurely weekend rides? Choosing the right type of bike for your practice is essential.


Looking for the performance of a lightweight, technical, and dynamic bike? The Van Rysel range offers unique performance and riding experience for sporty and committed outings. Whether in carbon or aluminum, the aerodynamics of each bicycle model is guaranteed for endurance and comfort that can withstand the test of time!


Are you more of an endurance rider, hopping on your road bike to enjoy beautiful landscapes while riding comfortably? Cyclotourism is a discipline that allows you to exert yourself while enjoying the wonders of nature. Nothing beats our range of Triban bikes for cycling pleasure. Their ErgoFit saddle provides maximum comfort for hours on end.

How to choose a road bike?

Which road bike to choose for beginners?

If you're new to road cycling, choosing the right bike can seem overwhelming with so many models and features available. However, focusing on the fundamentals is key, including comfort, safety, and quality. It's essential to opt for a bike with a frame made of durable materials such as aluminum or carbon, high-quality transmission, and road-worthy tires. Ultimately, the best road bike for beginners is one that fits your individual needs and budget.

How to choose a road bike?

Decathlon: Your bike store

Our passionate teams are always delighted to assist you in finding the perfect road bike for your needs. Whether you're a beginner or looking to upgrade for improved performance, Décathlon ensures that every ride is unforgettable with the best equipment possible.

Remember that our Workshops offer repair services for your bikes!

Cyclists, you now have all the necessary information on how to choose a road bike, tailored to your body type, budget, and discipline!

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