Designs and Types

Designs of Bikes

Traditional Road

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-trailers. Inexpensive models are priced at $700 and range up to $3,000 and beyond.

Comfort Road

Many people are not comfortable with the body position that road 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 level or above the seat height instead of a few inches below, like traditional road rigs. You still keep most of the weight and tire friction efficiencies of a racing bike, but gain a more easygoing ride. Many of these bikes come with a seat post shock as well.

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.

Cyclocross

A cyclocross bike resembles its road counterparts, but is designed for off-road cyclocross racing. It sports 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 cantalever or disc brakes for performance in muddy conditions.

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.