We might be a little biased, but bicycles are seriously one of the greatest inventions of all time.
Seriously. Can you name one other thing that can provide you with exercise, a means of transportation, access to multiple sporting events, a great community, improved health, and what some would even call a method of meditation?
If you don’t have a bike yet, or you’re looking to upgrade from a “department store bike,” then this post is for you. You’re going to learn about:
- Why a bicycle is an investment in health, safety, and enjoyment
- The best bicycles for beginner or intermediate riders
- The world’s most elite bicycles for advanced riders
- How to get started and learn more
Let’s get into it:
A Lot More to it Than You Might Think: Why a Bicycle is a True Investment
A quality bicycle is an investment.
It really is, for so many different reasons, but we’ll discuss the most notable ones now. The first being a reduced chance of injury—higher quality bikes are safer than “cheap” alternatives.
One of the reasons we’re such big advocates of Cervélo bicycles at Rocky Mountain Multisport are the safety features you just don’t find in lesser brands. For example, the Cervélo R5 and R3 can be equipped with disc brakes, which offer better control, performance, and alignment regardless of weather conditions.
A good bicycle is also a huge investment in your health. This really cannot be overstated; cycling promotes cardiovascular health, weight loss, muscle development, spacial awareness, and so much more. Studies have even shown that regular cycling can reduce the risk of heart disease and/or cancer in half, like it did for the quarter-million participants of this 5-year study.
An often overlooked health benefit of cycling is the dramatic impact it can have on your overall mental well being. It should come as no surprise that exercise has a strong link to neurological health, and cyclists in particular can enjoy benefits like increased blood flow to the brain. Increased cerebral blood flow has a host of benefits since it improves the health of brain tissue, the most notable of which is the potential prevention of early-onset dementia.
As a final note on the topic of mental health improvements, it’s really worth taking into account that cycling even just 2-3 times per week will really improve your quality of sleep. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, just try it!
Bicycles for Beginner & Intermediate Level Cyclists
The first thing to figure out is where you’ll be spending the majority of your riding time; this will of course affect your purchasing decisions.
For example, if you want to hit trails and plan to be off-road most of the time, a good mountain bike will serve you well. However, if you want to stay on pavement to ride for exercise, sport (including triathlons), or transportation, you’ll want a road bike. Road bikes are our specialty, so we’ll be focusing on those for the remainder of this post.
Beginners or intermediate level cyclists have plenty of options at their disposal—cycling technology gets better and better every year and 2019 is no exception—but we believe you’re likely best to go with a Cervélo R2, one of the most affordable high end bicycles on the market. These bikes come with all carbon and group sets and accessories that are standard for (sometimes significantly) higher priced competitor bicycles, so you get a ton of bang for your buck.
Alternatively, the P-series from Cervélo is specifically designed for triathlon performance. The Cervélo P2 is one of the most successful triathlon bikes of all time, with two Ironman world champions having ridden them to victory. If you’ve never participated in a triathlon, you definitely need to check out our post Why You Should “Try a Tri” in 2019: Pro Advice for Conquering Your First Triathlon, where you’ll learn why triathlons are awesome and how to get involved.
Elite Bicycles for Advanced Cyclists
Advanced cyclists who want to squeeze every last drop of performance out of their bicycle are likely already familiar with Cervélo. Known for industry-leading aerodynamics and fit capability, these are some of the fastest, best performing bikes in the world.
If you’re looking to upgrade to a high performance “all-rounder” bike featuring a light and stiff build quality, you’ll want to very seriously consider the 2019 Cervélo R3. This bicycle brings premium engineering to the pavement, whether you’re taking a casual ride on the weekend or competing in a Grand Tour.
Competitive cyclists who want the best may also wish to consider the Cervélo S5, which has been specifically designed to give riders every possible speed advantage possible. It’s not a cheap bicycle, but it is among the best in the world—and it’s more than worth it if you want to be the best.
For advanced cyclists who participate in triathlons, there’s quite literally no more aerodynamic triathlon bicycle in the world than the Cervélo P5.
How to Start Riding the Right Way
If you’d like to learn more about cycling, we’re here to help. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff at Rocky Mountain Multisport are athletes just like you—we don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk (or, in this case, pedal the bicycle?).
Whether you’re looking for your first high quality bicycle or you’re ready to upgrade, we’re here to answer your questions, show you the latest innovations from Cervélo, and make sure that the bike you take home is right for you. That means we’ll make sure it fits you perfectly and help get you set up for safe, comfortable riding.