Test ride tactics?

kitenski
kitenski Posts: 218
edited July 2013 in Road general
I'm looking to upgrade from my 3 year old Specialised Allez Sport.

I've got 3 bikes lined up to test next week, there is a decent 6 mile circuit with a mix of hills, main roads and side roads I can happily do 3 times.

So do I just go with "gut feel" on which one I feel happiest on, or try and be a bit more scientific? Ideally I'd like to take each one out for 50 miles, but don't think that is practical or possible!

Cheers,

greg

Comments

  • pilot_pete
    pilot_pete Posts: 2,120
    At least make sure the bikes you try are the correct size and set up to fit you (at least closely if not exactly) otherwise they will not feel right and you won't get a true comparison.

    Other than hat, well yes, you have to go with what you feel. Nobody else can advise you which one to pick on those grounds.

    Be objective though. If the gears aren't quite right it may be that they are not adjusted properly. If the saddle is not really comfortable, well that is such a personal thing and something you can easily change. Oh, and take your own pedals and shoes to the test...

    Good luck and enjoy.

    PP
  • GiantMike
    GiantMike Posts: 3,139
    And buy the best looking one. Unless you're loaded, then buy the most expensive one.

    What 3 are you testing?
  • marcusjb
    marcusjb Posts: 2,412
    Remember to arrive back at the bike shop with a massive sideways skid, preferably kicking up dust and grit into the face of the smiling, eager salesperson.

    This is an essential negotiating tactic that shows you mean business.
  • GiantMike
    GiantMike Posts: 3,139
    Swap the wheels with your Spesh ones before you take the last bike back.
  • lawrences
    lawrences Posts: 1,011
    pull out of the shop with a sick wheelie so he knows you'll be putting the bike through its paces.

    Then once you've tested all 3 just go and buy the nicest looking bike.
  • me-109
    me-109 Posts: 1,915
    Or, as seems to be the way these days:
    lawrences wrote:
    Then once you've tested all 3 just go and buy the nicest looking bike online and cheaper.
  • markhewitt1978
    markhewitt1978 Posts: 7,614
    Tell the salesperson that they are all the worst bikes you'be ever ridden and you'll require a hefty discount to even consider buying something so crappy.
  • kitenski
    kitenski Posts: 218
    GiantMike wrote:
    And buy the best looking one. Unless you're loaded, then buy the most expensive one.

    What 3 are you testing?

    cheers for the info, I'm testing Defy Composite 3, Focus Cayo and Spez Roubaix

    Aiming to ride there on my current bike which will be 50% of the test route, so I have a good back to back comparision....
  • bsharp77
    bsharp77 Posts: 533
    I currently ride a Focus Izalco Ergoride 2.0 (which I love) as my weekend bike and im going to have a look at the Cayo and Culebro myself this weekend as I can get them on the bike to work scheme so I could use as my commuter....wish I could spec them with SRAM instead of shimano, but at the prices, these bikes offer excellent value and look amazing - will be interesting to see what they are like compared to the slightly dearer Izalco.