Cycling 101 | Choosing Your First Road Bike

Cycling 101 | Choosing Your First Road Bike


Bananiac’s guide to choosing your first road bike. Should you buy carbon fiber or aluminum (alloy) frame? Should you get an aero, climbing/traditional, or endurance road bike? Should you get a compact, mid-compact, or standard crank? What cassette should you get? All are answered in this video.

Popular aero bikes:
• Specialized Venge/Venge Vias (Carbon)
• Giant Propel (Composite)
• Canyon Aeroroad (Carbon)
• BMC Timemachine (Carbon/Alloy)
• Pinarello Dogma (Carbon)

Popular climbing/traditional bikes:
• Specialized Tarmac (Carbon)
• Giant TCR (Composite)
• Canyon Ultimate (Carbon)
• BMC Teammachine (Carbon/Alloy)

Popular endurance bikes:
• Specialized Roubaix (Carbon)
• Giant Defy (Composite/Alloy)
• Canyon Endurance (Carbon)
• BMC Gran Fondo (Carbon/Alloy)

• Compact Crank (50×34): Ideal for climbing
• Mid-Compact Crank (52×36): Good for climbs and sprints
• Standard Crank (53×39): Ideal for flats and sprints

• 11-32t: Best for massive climbs
• 11-28t: All-round cycling
• 11-25t: Mostly flats with a few hills
• 11-23t: Best for flat and sprint courses


  1. Mohammed Elbahrawey

    What about fat bikes as a road bike ,is it a good idea ?

  2. Specialized Tarmac Expert 2016 love it.

  3. just starting to ride but,I dont feel so much like a beginner with all the good advice you give.Thanks for the imfo.

  4. Hey Bananiac, nice video. I am toying with the idea of upgrading from my 9.4 KG 13 year old trek slr to something light, and cheap and hopefully a bit aero. I would like to be under 5 KG, what is the most economical way to get there? build it from the ground up? and since in practicality my rides are basically like avg slope of 2%, aero is actually more important than light weight, but the thing is I am a bit light, and have a bit of power, so I want to capitalize on that and storm up a hill. Is a light weight bike with say envy 7.8 or zipp 808, still a very aero yet light weight set up? In other words, how much do wheels make the bike 'aero'. say my budget was 3000 usd, what could I pull off? thanks for your thoughts.

  5. As a broke college student, Ill buy a chinese $100 used road bike.

  6. TYler SChecter

    I am 13 years old and for my birthday I purchased my first road bike which happens to be my first specialized. I ride the allez jr ( I am really short for my age ) and my helmet is the small giro advantage 2.

  7. what's your strava username?

  8. Svinjska Polutka

    you look like Milorad Cavic

  9. how is montra for road bikes

  10. Im on a cheap budget , is the Teman Hybrid Bike ok ? or just garbage ? thanks.

  11. titanium is the best for being durable and you can leave it stored out in rain and cold weather for ever and uv exposure and it wont corrode or rust at all or be effected

  12. Which Specialized Tarmac did you buy? They seem to range from $2k to $9500

  13. Why do people keep saying aluminum is stronger than carbon fiber? There are plenty of videos and researches showing well made carbon fiber is stronger than even steel. That's why airplanes use them. This is common knowledge even from 2 years ago before this video was posted.

  14. I have a specialized mountain bike I'm going to make it into a combination road bike endurance bike I LOVE THE FRAME ON IT I've put over 5000 miles it in less than 2 years i wrecked once good thing it was aluminum frame

  15. Great video. Very informative!

  16. hassler cubana

    Rosa Intimo vs. Canyon CF 7.0 SL
    Which one should I get?

  17. Jacinth Gudetti

    I'm riding a Kent GMC Denali road bike, I know, I'm a pleb, but my parents bought it for me so I can't complain too much 😉 I really want to do a flight deck or trigger shifter conversion down the road though. But not before replacing the brakes and wheels

  18. Charlie La Mothe

    Thanks. I really enjoyed the video

  19. I used to ride 160+ miles a week, until I suffered a lumbar injury at work. That was in 2010. Haven't ridden since then. Having gained some weight and with my blood pressure way out of whack, I'm gonna have a second go at this. When I got hurt, I didnt think I'd ever ride again, so I got rid of all my gear except my first road bike, "Frank" (for Frankenstein): It's a steel Univega frame with Mavic Open Pro wheels, Campy hubs, Campy derailleurs, and a Shimano crank. It's a great bike with quality components that looks like a POS, and I love it. People who've seen it have always said "those parts aren't supposed to work together." But they do. I've had it for 15 years, and now we're gonna start over. What is old will be new again. Just got my wheels back from the shop after having the hubs gone over, and as soon as I finish cleaning, recabling (love those old school Campy downtube shifters XD), etc., it'll be time to get my old, fat, broken ass moving again. So now you've got a new, old, fat, broken subscriber. With an ugly bike. 🙂

  20. Enea Guerrieri

    Name of the initial song? thanks ☺

  21. Sniper Pro nerf mods

    hmm, very helpful, i also live in florida, above miami and below orlando

  22. how is the huge brand. its model is huge hdt 29

  23. it a lot of money for buying a bike it not cheap is it?

  24. Giant Defy is a lovely first time bike.

  25. Im thinking of buying a Tarmac or F10 Pinarello, Can you suggest me which is better?

  26. Granville G-Racer 6061-T6 advanced.. is what i ride.

  27. Hi, i've recently been interested in starting to ride. I am not familiar with the bikes. I have been looking at some bikes on craiglist. I am looking to get something affordable for me which i found; one is the 2009 bottecchia bz 563 for $200 which needs a tune up and new tires and used and Specialized looks similar to urs for $350. I needed an advice on which one to get. Please help me decide which of these bikes would be more ideal for me. Thanks!

  28. specialized are shit! buy a proper hand built bicycle.

  29. Haralabos Lukatos

    your specialized tarmac have aluminum frame? The bikes i have is Bianchi strada lx steel frame greg lemond tourmalet 2003 steel frame cannondale R300 aluminum frame and one TT bike quintana roo tequilo 2003.

  30. I am riding the Giant Defy 5 for last 1 year. Now I want to a buy a new bike. I am little bit confused between this 3 bikes that I love to get. can you please help me that which one is the best for long endurance ride. Giant Defy Advance 1, Trek Doman 6 and Pinarello Rokh.

  31. Where can I buy some bottle holders like those?

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