About Road Bicycles

About Road Bicycles
Road bicycles tend to be lightweight with narrower and smoother tires than mountain bikes. The whole point of a road bike is speed, usually on smooth pavement, and high-end models are often used for racing.

Cost

According to Consumer Search, even entry-level road bikes of decent quality will cost upwards of $500. Lesser purchases are likely to be of lesser quality, leaving you disappointed.

Size

The size of your road bicycle frame may be the most critical element of its construction. If it's too large you may not be able to reach shifters, brake or the ground; too small a frame may cause knee injuries.

Gearing

Many entry level road bicycles come with triple chain rings, which make it easier for beginners to power up hills. Some serious cyclists believe that double chain rings, found on more expensive road bicycles, make for cleaner and more precise shifting.

Types

The highest-end road bikes used for competitive racing are know as tri-bikes (triathlon bikes) or time trial bikes.

Safety

Road bikes are subject to federal safety standards. As such, they may be recalled by the manufacturers if they fail to meet said standards.

Materials

Aluminum is a common material used to create light weight, low-cost entry-level road bicycle frames. Carbon, which is more expensive, is lighter and dampens road vibrations better. Typically, as bikes get more expensive they will incorporate more carbon into their construction, up to full carbon frame models.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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