Is a Road Bike Worth It?

Do you have a bike? Do you like riding it? Well then, congratulations! You’ve probably had a great time exploring all the amazing places your bicycle can take you. But what if there was more to your two-wheeled adventures than just pedaling around town? What if there were also pavement-pounding, speed-demon road bikes—and maybe even some adventures that require them? If you’ve ever wondered whether or not investing in a road bike would be worth it for your needs, let’s explore five facts about these machines that will help guide your decision:

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The first thing to know about road bikes is that they are faster than mountain bikes. This is because of their longer wheelbase and lower gear ratios. A longer wheelbase means that you can go faster with less effort because it gives the bike a more stable feel, which also makes it easier to handle in turns. A lower gear ratio means that you can get up hills easier and still maintain speed on the flats, which is great if you want to ride long distances without having to stop every three seconds (which I think we’ve all done!).


The best part about a road bike is that it’s consistently the best. This can be said of all other types of bikes, too, but road bikes are, at their core, built for speed. They’re streamlined and easy to ride on flat surfaces without much effort. Mountain bikes are meant for off-road riding and have wide tires for better traction in mud or dirt; touring bikes are built with thicker frames and components to withstand heavy loads during long-distance tours; hybrid bikes combine elements from both mountain and touring bikes but aren’t as capable when compared with either type on their own; BMX bikes are designed specifically for tricks (and not racing); cruiser bicycles are made to be ridden slow and low-key.

Versatility and ease of use

Road bikes are great for riders who want a versatile bike that they can use on the road and on off-road trails. Road bikes are also easy to use, easy to store, easy to maintain and transport, and simple enough for beginners who haven’t ridden in a while or never at all.

Road bikes are made with lightweight materials like carbon fiber or aluminum so they’re faster than mountain bikes but still sturdy enough for commuting around town or riding on dirt trails. These frames mean you don’t have to worry about transporting your bike inside another vehicle when you’re traveling with friends; just throw it in the trunk of your car or pack it with luggage!

The wide variety of gear available also makes these models ideal for people who want more control over their speed while still getting exercise benefits from cycling rather than running. The brakes will stop quickly even if there’s mud covering them up (a common problem), so there’s no need to worry about safety issues while riding outdoors during rainy days either (at least not as much).


A road bike is a much more comfortable ride than a mountain bike and less comfortable than a hybrid or cruiser. If you’re looking for something in between, then you should be sure that the components are made for comfortable riding. This typically means slightly more expensive materials like carbon fiber, but if you have the budget for it, it’s worth considering.

If comfort is your top priority, then this is one reason why we recommend that new riders start out with a road bike first instead of a hybrid or cruiser—it will allow them to get used to their position without feeling as though they’re on an uncomfortable machine while they adjust their position on the bicycle itself


The average person can carry a load of up to 35 pounds on their bike. This is why getting your road bike weighed before buying it is so important. You want to make sure that the weight of your road bike isn’t too heavy for you to handle, or else you may not be able to ride it safely.

The weight of a road bike has a direct impact on how much energy it takes for someone riding one to go from point A to point B. The more energy used=the greater cost incurred by using this mode of transportation instead of another one that might be cheaper but more difficult/time-consuming/laborious (take your pick).


There are several factors to consider when you’re trying to decide whether or not a road bike is right for you. Hopefully, we’ve helped you get a better sense of what makes a road bike worth it. If you’re not sure which type of bike is right for you, don’t worry! The best way to make that decision is by trying out different kinds at your local bike shop and seeing how they feel. If you want more ideas about what type of bike is best for your needs, check out our guide here