Which Road Bike should I buy?
Road bikes are also referred to as racing bikes, and feature in races such as the Tour de France or the Tour Down Under. The bikes are also very popular for 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 road bikes
Drop bar road bikes, feature the “ram horns” type of handle bar, which allows the rider a number of different positions where you can place your hands during longer rides. On modern road bikes the gear mechanism is integrated into the brake lever both for ergonomics and aerodynamics.
Broadly speaking drop bar road 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.
Flat bar road bikes have the same frame as drop bar road bikes, but feature a mountain bike type handle bar with mountain bike type shifters. This horizontal bar, makes the riding position more upright and comfortable as well.
All road bikes sizes are measured in cm and vary in increments of 2 or 3 cm.
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