Road bikes are available for various purposes, such as road racing, touring, leisure and commuting. Road bikes for racing are lighter, faster and more responsive than equivalently priced mountain bikes. Road bikes have come a long way in recent years with new technology and materials available. Carbon fibre, aluminium and titanium are all used now as well as the more traditional steel tube sets. They all have their advantages: aluminium offers good performance at a reasonable price, steel offers comfort over performance and is a long term investment, titanium offers ultimate all round performance at a premium price while carbon fibre offers superb comfort and performance at intermediate cost. It is not uncommon for the materials to be mixed to give the benefits of all the materials in one frame - a carbon fibre rear end on an aluminium frame, for example. The technology hasn't stopped at the frame either, wheels have received a lot of attention along with the rest of the components, road bikes are becoming featherweight, responsive machines that are a sheer joy to ride over many miles.
If you’re just heading out to the shops or popping down the road to see a friend, you can pretty much get away with cycling in whatever you wish. Likewise, if you’re riding your bike to a social event it might be best to turn up in your party clothes rather than Lycra cycling gear! [...]
Café du Cycliste is a new retro cycle wear brand that aims to bring a touch of french fashion to the UK market, are we ready to be chic? The brand combines technical performance fabrics with natural fabrics like merino wool to produce both practical and stylish cycling clothing. Founded by a former Ironman triathlete [...]
The Sportful Bodyfit Pro Aero Jersey has a super-slim fit, which shapes to every contour of your body, which may or may not be a good thing. Having said that, that’s what these jerseys are designed to do. This Pro Aero Jersey is made from a thin and ultra lightweight fabric. The jersey is so [...]
If you’re about to buy a new pair of cycling shorts, or purchase specialist bike kit for the first time, it’s worth doing a little preparation first to understand what it is that best suits your needs. Local sports and cycling shops now stock a bewildering array of different cycling shorts, from casual to baggy, [...]
The decision on whether to splash out on professional bike kit, or stick to everyday comfortable workout wear, will generally depend on a number of key factors. Firstly, if you are an occasional, low mileage cyclist, travelling short distances or for easy recreation, you may find that regular jogging bottoms or shorts and a t-shirt [...]
When cycling in the UK, rainwear is an essential for cyclists – particularly for those who cover long distances or use their bikes to commute and travel. Specialist kit such as rainwear doesn’t simply keep out the wet or snow however – it will also protect the rider from cold temperatures, biting winds and chemical [...]
Road bike clothing has to be of a special breed and consistency because it is impossible to just go out there on the street and enjoy using a road bike without the proper attire befitting a person of the road biker’s stature. In all seriousness, road bike clothing is required for biking outdoors because it [...]