Road bikes are designed to be efficient and fast. If you’re looking for a fast bike for exercise, quick commuting, long-distance touring, or are looking to get into racing, you can find a road bike to suit your needs and your budget.
If you already know what you’re looking for in a bike and just want to compare makes and models, visit the appropriate page (e.g., Performance Bikes or Touring Bikes) and review the tables of recommended road bikes. If you’re not sure what to look for in a bike, then read the following sections to help answer some of the questions you may have.
How To Choose the Best Road Bike For You
The first thing to consider when choosing a road bike is the type of riding you plan to do. The three primary categories are discussed below and include touring bikes, performance bikes, and racing bikes.
Touring bikes are designed for efficiency over the long haul, including efficiently carrying a significant amount of gear. They generally include attachment points for racks in front and in back. In order to haul gear, they are generally built to be more stout, which means that they also tend to be heavier than performance or racing bikes. In order to accommodate long-distance rides rather than speed, they also tend to have easier gearing than performance or racing bikes.
Performance bikes are probably the most popular category of road bikes, and are designed for speed over short or long distances. Compared to touring bikes, they focus on speed and low weight. While not designed purely for racing, performance bikes are still quite capable of being ridden in organized events such as century rides and other semi-competitive events.
Racing bikes require the rider to be more stretched out for aerodynamics. They are also generally more responsive, have stiffer frames, better components, lighter wheels, and significantly higher prices. Due to the much higher prices of racing bikes, we do not currently include recommendations for this category.