A good road bike is as timeless as it is practical. Designed for maximum efficiency on smooth urban pavement, the road bike is great for those seeking speed or the casual commuter. While road bike design has changed over the years, many companies still sell their most classic designs. These are all bikes that have stood the test of time.
Fuji Classic Track
The Classic Track takes one of Fuji's most venerated designs and replaces the components with more modern, lightweight equivalents. This makes for a classic road bike that weighs only 20 pounds. The bike comes with ram's horn handles and pedal straps, allowing you to hit the road or the raceway immediately. Fuji's Classic Track costs $550, as of January 2010.
Cannondale Vintage Ultra
While not especially suited for racing, Cannondale's Vintage Ultra is tough to beat for those seeking a sleek commuter road bike. The bike comes with vintage leather grips and seat, for a classic look right out of an old movie. However, the bike also has several modern touches, including an integrated light system. The Cannondale Vintage Ultra costs about $1,200, as of January 2010.
Schwinn Le Tour Classic
Few bicycle manufacturers have had as much impact on design as Schwinn. The Le Tour Classic is the modern incarnation of one of its most successful road bike models. With Shimano shifters and Radius brakes, the Le Tour Classic has modern components that make for a zippy ride. The Schwinn Le Tour Classic costs $750, as of January 2010.
Article Written By Louie Doverspike
Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.