Types of road bikes
How to determine the best road bike for your needs.
When looking for your next bike, the first question you should ask yourself is:
WHERE (or on what surfaces) do I want to ride most of the time?
If your answer is, “I want to ride my bike on roads or paved surfaces,” then, yes, you’re looking for a road bike! But, wait, what is a road bike anyway? Can’t I just ride a mountain bike on the road?
Sure, you can ride a mountain bike on the road, but it won’t be as efficient as using a road bike. The difference between a road bike and a mountain bike lies in a mountain bike’s specialized features – such as knobby tires, suspension, wider handlebars, larger disc brake rotors, and slacker head tube angles – that are designed to absorb impacts, enhance stability, and improve handling on rough terrain. Simply put, many of these features are unnecessary when riding on smoother surfaces.
Bikes that are meant to be ridden on the road, bike paths, and greenways will share a few common traits: smoother tire tread patterns, narrower tire widths, and a rigid frame. But, that’s where the similarities end! There are many different types of road bikes, each meant to perform the best for specific uses.