Road Bikes

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We carry a wide range of road bikes from Colnago, Specialized, and Trek.  All of these companies make bikes that have been ridden to victory in the most prestigious races in the world, and they also make some of the very best entry level and mid price points.  Road bikes come in several different flavors as you can see below and we encourage you to come and test ride some to see what might be right for you.

Traditional Race  Over 100 years of road racing have produced the current iteration of the road racing bike. As little as 15 pounds of gleaming metal and carbon formed to give you the most efficient ride possible. Not only are the parts light, they also you a more aerodynamic position than all other bikes save time-trialers. Inexpensive models start at around $700 and range up to $3,000 and beyond.

Endurance   Many people are not comfortable with the body position that road racing bikes put the rider in. There is more weight on the hands, and the neck and back are muscles are called upon more than on other bikes. So recently companies started building road bikes with a more upright riding position. The handlebars are closer to level with seat height instead of a few inches below, like traditional road rigs. They have more stable geometry with a little longer wheelbase which also makes a more comfortable ride. The frame and fork are also designed to deliver a more comfortable ride. Many Pros will use these bikes to race on in the “Spring Classics” the races famed for their rough roads and cobblestones. This is by far the most popular category of road bikes in this shop as you are giving up very little speed but gaining a fair bit of comfort.

Cyclocross  A cyclocross bike resembles its road counterparts, but is designed for off-road cyclocross racing. It sports wider knobby tires and a stronger frame designed for more stable handling and clearance over obstacles. ‘Cross bikes dispense with traditional road caliper brakes in favor of cantilever or disc brakes for performance in muddy conditions. These bikes make great dirt road bombers as they give a smoother and more stable ride than skinnier tired bikes.

Gravel road  This is splitting hairs for sure because these look just like cyclocross bikes as they have the wider tires and sturdy frames of cyclocross bikes, and you can use them for either purpose.  Gravel road bikes will be have relaxed geometry, less knobby tires, and will often come with mounts for and sometimes even include bags for longer rides or events.

Touring  Looks like a regular road bike but it’s been substantially modified to carry heavy loads via panniers front and back. The frame and parts are beefed up as well as the geometry made more stable to control the extra momentum. It can also work well if you are doing a lot of riding on dirt roads.  Most true touring bikes are made of steel for extreme durability and repairability.

Flatbar Road These bikes take it one step further and do away with the narrow road drop handlebars, replacing it with the stable-handling mountain bike variety. The light road wheels, components and road gearing are still maintained. These are very fun bikes to ride, and are great around-town commuters.  These bikes can also blend into the performance hybrid category.