is a very popular cycling activity where riders ride specially designed bikes on a road or flat track. Many very
popular, professional bike races fall under the category of road biking. Road bikes are usually light weight, have
very skinny tires, and have multiple speeds.
They are capable of very high speeds. In fact, road bikes are some of the
fastest flat-land bikes in existence. Recumbent bikes are sometimes faster, but these are most often not
allowed to be used in professional road biking races.
are usually designed with speed in mind ahead of comfort. In other words, they are made to be fast, not
example, the handlebars on a road bike are usually lower to the ground. This cuts down on wind resistance by
keeping the body lower and more streamlined. Also, the wheels are usually fairly large, and are pretty close
together to make it easier to handle the bike at higher speeds.
A lot of people enjoy road biking, both as a sport and as a casual pastime. Some people get into
bicycle touring, which is sort of like road biking, except that the bikes are designed a bit differently. Road
biking is especially popular in cities, as there is a lot of flat, paved road to ride on. However, road biking can
be done anywhere....as long as there is a track or a road to ride on, you can enjoy road biking.
Buying a road bike is pretty simple. You usually just head into your local bike store and look
for the bikes made specifically for road biking, and get sized appropriately by the bike shop experts. Don't forget
to get a pair of padded biking shorts!
road biking, you might want to look into recumbent bicycles. While these bicycles are not allowed in professional
racing, they are sometimes considered more comfortable than traditional bicycles, and can also achieve higher