Road bikes are specifically designed to be used on paved surfaces. These tarmac specific machines have always traditionally been referred to as road racing bikes (or just racing bikes) but this is no longer the case in today’s market. Today there are far more versions of road bikes to choose from and each offers something a little different. Whether this is in terms of geometry, tyre clearance or luggage carrying compatibility. A road bike will traditionally have drop handlebars which enables the rider to obtain a low and narrow position on the bike which helps reduce the frontal area of the rider and improves aerodynamic performance. They will also have a reduced tyre clearance for the fitment of tarmac specific tyres. These narrow-fit tyres will be high pressure and usually have a slick tread to reduce rolling resistance and provide better grip. These bikes will also predominantly use derailleur gears to allow the rider to navigate different terrains.

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