For people who don't know what they're doing, walking into a bike shop in 2014 can be daunting. There are so many brands, so many styles, so many different bikes made for so many different things. Even narrowing down the scope—in this case to road bikes—doesn't make things much easier. There is still seemingly so much to learn. The best thing to do is try out a lot of bikes, and find what works best.

But before that, it's good to read up and know a little before even setting foot in the door. So, to try and make things a little simpler, we broke down some basic knowledge that ought to make the whole process a little less mystifying. Here are 10 Things You Need to Know Before Buying Your First Road Bike.

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