Friday, 26 July 2013

Why buy a road bike?


Why buy a road bike? I love 'em. Up until a few years ago I was a diehard flat bar Hybrid rider until very recently when I was re-introduced to road bikes and it was love at first pedal!
Here is a light hearted look at what makes road bikes great and why you should consider getting / upgrading a new carbon fibre beauty like I've just done - thanks to the guys at The Bike Station

1. Speed...

Who doesn't like going really fast? Road bikes are the quickest way to get from A to B on a bicycle; I was amazed when first jumping on board how quickly I could eat up the kms. As yet, I haven't been in a position to ride to many kms but the brief 22km jaunt happened in no time at all... it was amazing... I couldn't believe it at the time!
Wide circumference wheels, thin tires, a stiff frame, it all adds up to getting as much power from your legs onto the road as possible with little resistance. This is a formula for efficiency and is an intrinsic property of road bikes.

2. Looking Good...

When I ride I always ride with a jersey and knicks which is another great to get a road bike and explore this side of yourselves... 
I say don't resist it, embrace your inner roadie: match your kit, shave your legs and jump onto a great bike. When you get fit and strong from all those kms on a road bike, swathed in skin tight lycra and smooth legs, you feel like a missile cutting through the air. It is a wonderful feeling.
3. Comfort...
Comfort? On a drop bar road bike? Absolutely! The drop bars, which were designed originally to keep you tucked out of the wind while racing, are also useful for multiple hand positions on a long ride and are crucial for keeping a good posture on the bike.
4. Get Out There...
If you want to race, the road bike is the only way to go. Regardless of your race type or style, if you're serious about it you need a road bike. These bikes are designed for power and speed, the drop bars are there to get low out of the wind.
The road bike is designed to be the fastest, most efficient, most aerodynamic, and lightest weight bike available. This focus begins in the pro ranks, but eventually trickles down into the bikes you see at your local bike store. 
Never before has the very best technology been so accessible to us weekend warriors. Road bikes are no longer only for the purists. Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and can be as solitary or social as you want it to be.

5. Sizes...

We are not all same and there is no "one size fits all", so it is crucial when selecting your new bike and accessories, that you have your bike sized for you.  This will have a HUGH impact on how much you enjoy riding and how well it serves you in the long haul. 

Above all get out there and enjoy the ride...