Which Road Bike should I buy?
Road bikes are also referred to as racing bikes, feature in races such as the Tour de France or the Tour Down Under. The bikes are also very popular with commuters as well as weekend riders. They are designed to be fast and efficient and hence make use of lightweight frame materials combined with high pressure, narrow tyres. They typically fall into two major categories, Drop bar and Flat bar.
Drop bar bikes, feature the “ram horns” type of handlebar, which allows the rider a number of different positions where you can place your hands during longer rides. On modern road bicycles, the gear mechanism is integrated into the brake lever both for ergonomics and aerodynamics.
Broadly speaking drop bar bikes have subcategories including endurance bikes, which are favoured for their more comfortable upright riding position, as well as racing bikes which are feature more aggressive riding positions. Some are also designed with specific aerodynamic characteristics.
In recent years, Adventure Road Bikes, or Gravel Bikes, are becoming more and more popular with road cyclists who crave a bit of off-road adventure or even mountain bikers who want to introduce cycling to their training regime but still love a bit of dirt thrown into the mix. These bikes feature a more upright geometry, wider tyres, disc brakes and some even include extra bottle cage mounts.
Flat bar bikes have the same frame as drop bar bikes, but feature a mountain bike type handlebar with mountain bike type shifters. This horizontal bar makes the riding position more upright and comfortable as well.
All sizes are measured in cm and vary in increments of 2 or 3 cm.
Similar to other brands such as Giant bicycles or Trek bikes, Polygon Bikes and Marin Bikes come equipped with components using the latest in cycling technology such as Shimano, Ritchey, Entity, Mavic and more.