Monthly Archives: December 2012

How to test ride a new road bike

I’m thinking of getting a new road bike after a pretty long layoff. That means I’ll soon be test riding a few bikes to find the “one”. Normally a test ride looks to answer a few questions about the attributes of a bike:

  • Handling
  • Vertical compliance
  • Fit
  • Stiffness, etc.

But now the video above has me thinking about a few different qualities:

  • Slideability
  • Half-pipe performance
  • Vertical drop limit
  • Ability to scale a castle wall

Ed. He only punctured one tire during the shoot for that video.