What is a road bike?
Characterized by their drop handlebars and 700c wheels, with narrow, fast-moving tires, road bikes are designed for fast and efficient tarmac riding. The drop handlebars allow you to adopt an efficient aerodynamic riding position, while the narrow tires decrease rolling resistance, both of which are essential for riding quickly and efficiently on the black stuff.
Compared to mountain bikes and most hybrids the range of gears on a road bike is narrower, however, the gaps between the gears tend to be closer which makes it easier to achieve your optimum pedaling speed.
Ideal for racing, club rides, and fitness training, road bikes are also good for commuting.
Types of Road Bike
Road bikes are offered to suit a wide combination of riding styles and disciplines. Some are incredibly lightweight and very responsive but may not feel good when you take them out on imperfect road surfaces.
Aerodynamic bikes are designed for maximum speed and efficiency but might not be the most convenient ride for long days in the saddle.
Endurance road bikes may ride perfectly on rough chip-sealed roads but can have a little more heft to them when it comes time for a climb. Here are some most common varieties.
Aero road bikes are built to save time, cheat the wind, and boost your potential. Using advanced producing techniques, highly shaped tubes, and wind tunnel testing, aero bikes can give you a significant advantage over traditional equipment.
Endurance bikes really excel when the going gets rough. Longer wheelbases, taller head tubes, larger tire clearance, and tuned construction generally lend more stability and compliance ideal for long rides and bad roads. They are not as light as a traditional road bike and don’t give the aerodynamic advantage of an aero bike. But, their smooth ride keeps you comfortable and consistent over rough territory.
Lightweight bikes are the bike of choice for riders who enjoy seeking out some elevation. They are agile, high-performing machines that focus on holding weight down above all else. They have feather-light frames and are prepared to perform at their best when climbing mountains and attacking the way back down.
Recreational bikes don’t have many bells and whistles and focus on comfort and practicality. They are best suited to new riders who just need to be active and easily get from point A to point B. They are a great introduction to cycling and can be the ideal all-purpose machine for those who take their cycling casually.
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Road Bike Safety Tips
Ride in the same direction as traffic:
By law, you should ride in the same direction as automobile traffic. It is extremely dangerous to ride against traffic as people driving, especially at intersection and driveways, may not be looking for people riding bicycles in the wrong direction.
Use hand signals:
Hand signals tell people driving what they want to do. Signal for the left turn right turns, and when stopping or slowing down.
Follow lane markings:
Use the left turn lane to make a left turn and use the right turn lane to make a right turn. Move to the middle lane to go straight.
Don’t weave between parked cars:
People driving may not see you when you try to move back into traffic. Keep a safe distance from parked cars, almost 3 to 5 feet.
Avoid the right hook of the right-turning vehicle:
People driving may not see a person riding a bike passing on the right.
Left turns can be easy:
There are two ways to make a left turn by bike signal left, move into the left turn path and turn left; or ride straight to the far side of the intersection and then cross when legal.
Keep both hands ready to brake:
You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed so use both brakes.
Ride a safe bike:
Make sure your bike is adjusted to fit you properly. For safety and comfort, equip it with bells, rearview mirrors, fenders, and racks. Use a bright headlight and taillight at night as needed.
Get in shape:
Start with short trips. Errands are a great way to start, working up to longer rides. This will ease muscles into shape. Before beginning on a longer trip, spend a few minutes stretching.
Keep your bike in good repair:
Maintain your bike in great working condition. Before you ride, check that your bike tires air pressure, brakes, and chains are in working order.
Wear a helmet and light-colored clothes at night for visibility. Dressing in layers allows you to adjust to temperature changes on longer rides.
Lock your bike:
Lock the frame and both two wheels to a fixed object. Lock all quick release parts. A U-shaped lock is best. Consider using a cable in addition to a couple of U-shaped locks.
Many road bikes don’t have the rack attachment points which are found on urban, touring and commuter bikes. This isn’t to say you can’t use a road bike for commuting; it just means that you