If you are planning to buy a winter road bike, here are some tips how to choose and make a good purchase decision.
Mounting lugs and pre-drilled mounts in the forks and chainstays allowing for full-length mudguards front and rear are a huge bonus on bikes you intend to use all year round.
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Winter means lousy weather. The ability of your bike’s tyres to cope with this makes the difference between stress-free mileage and regular roadside repairs. Puncture resistance and grip are all-important, and with a decent set of tyres costing upwards of £70, they’re a key component of a winter road bike.
Prioritise durability over weight on a winter road bike. Search for well-matched components that are built to last long. Few road bikes in this price range feature a complete group-set from one range, so discover where manufacturers have saved money.
All the weather-proofing in the world is nothing if your winter road bike doesn’t handle the way you want it to. Sprightly acceleration and assured cornering are bonuses. Gear shifts should be consistent, while brakes should be predictable.