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About Road Bicycles

Road bicycles are perhaps the most popular type of bicycle. Road bikes are designed specifically with one thing in mind, SPEED. To achieve this road bikes have lightweight, aerodynamic frames, 700c wheels, drop down handlebars that force the rider into an aggressive aerodynamic riding position and usually an array of gears. The origin of road bikes can be traced back to the late 1600's but road cycling as a competitive sport really only gained traction in the 1800's. Road bikes have remained at the forefront of cycling technology since these times and remains to strive for ever faster, lighter and stronger bikes. Todays road bikes, particularly high end performance bikes feature the pinnacle of racing technology such as carbon fiber frames, rims, innovative gearing solutions and easy to use click in pedals.

Road Bicycle Racing

Due to road bikes narrow wheels, rigid lightweight frame and aggressive riding position they are only suited to smooth road conditions. Road bikes are particularly fragile when compared to other bicycles again due to their lightweight frame. The race/sport style road bike is by far the most popular type of road bike but there are several other road bicycle inspired bikes such as triathlon/time trial bikes, cyclocross bikes. fixie/track bikes and flat bar road bikes. Most of the previously mentioned bikes are designed with a specific use in mind thought flat bar roads bikes and fixie bikes are slightly more versatile appealing to a more casual style of riding.

Road Bike Types Overview:

Road Bikes

  • 700c Wheels
  • Lightweight frames
  • Suited for sealed paths riding only
  • Clip in pedals
  • Usually have 20+ gears
  • Aggressive riding position
  • More fragile than other bike types
Road Bicycles

Triathlon/Time Trial Bikes

  • 700c Wheels
  • Ultra lightweight & aerodynamic frames
  • Hard to balance and corner
  • Clip in pedals
  • Aero handlebars
  • Extremly aggressive riding position
  • More fragile than other bike types
Triathlon/Time Trial Bikes

Cyclocross Bikes

  • 700c Wheels
  • Lightweight Frames
  • Suited for off road trails
  • Usually have 20+ gears
  • Knobbed tread tyres
  • Tubular tyres
  • Drop down handlebars
Cyclocross Bikes

Flat Bar Road Bikes

  • 700c Wheels
  • Lightweight Frames
  • Suited for sealed paths riding only
  • Usually have 20+ gears
  • Upright riding position
  • Fragile
Flat Bar Road Bikes

Fixie/Track Bikes

  • 700c Wheels
  • Lightweight Frames
  • Fixed wheel/Single speed
  • Aggressive riding position
  • More fragile than other bike types
  • Track bikes do not have brakes, some fixies do
  • Track bikes are built for velodrome
Track/Fixie Bike

Cyclocross

Popular Road Bike Brands:

There is a huge variety of road bike brands available on the market that manufacture bikes for beginners to professionals. Many of the high end road bike manufacturers specialise solely in road bike production. The list below lists popular road bike brands.

  • Search for BMC Road Bikes.
  • Search for Orbea Road Bikes.
  • Search for Bianchi Road Bikes.
  • Search for Pinarello Road Bikes.
  • Search for Trek Road Bikes.
  • Search for Giant Road Bikes.
  • Search for Specialized Road Bikes.
  • Search for Avanti Road Bikes.
  • Search for Cannondale Road Bikes.
  • Search for Malvern Star Road Bikes.
  • Search for Jamis Road Bikes
  • Search for Scott Road Bikes

 

If you have any specific questions about Road bikes and the Road bike range, or would simply like to hear more about what makes Road racing and riding so much fun, please feel free to contact us.

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