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Noun, Proper Noun

A type of bicycle designed for riding on paved roads.

Example usage: I'm going to take my road bike out for a spin this weekend.

Most used in: Urban and suburban areas across the world.

Most used by: Road cyclists and commuters.

Popularity: 8 out of 10.

Comedy Value: 2 out of 10.

Also see: Road Racer, Racing Bicycle, Drop Bar Bike, Race Bike,


What is a Road Bike?

A road bike is a type of bicycle designed for use on paved roads. It is typically characterized by a lightweight frame and narrow tires. Road bikes are typically used for racing, touring and commuting, and are designed for speed and efficiency. They are typically more expensive than other types of bicycles due to their lightweight frames and components.

Road bikes are usually equipped with drop handlebars, which allow riders to be in an aerodynamic position while riding. The frame is usually made from aluminum or carbon fiber, and the wheels are typically made from lightweight aluminum, carbon fiber or titanium. Road bikes are typically equipped with a range of gears, allowing riders to adjust their speed and cadence to the terrain.

According to the National Sporting Goods Association, road bikes accounted for 24.2% of all bicycles sold in the United States in 2020. Road biking is a popular activity, and many cyclists enjoy the speed, efficiency and challenge of riding on paved roads.

The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Road Bike'

The term 'road bike' was first used in the late 19th century, when the safety bicycle was invented in England. It was a two-wheeled, pedal-driven vehicle with a diamond-shaped frame, braced handlebars, and a large front wheel and a smaller rear wheel.

The safety bicycle was designed for use on the roads, and it quickly became popular with cyclists. By the early 20th century, the term 'road bike' was commonly used to describe this style of bicycle, and it has remained in use ever since.

Today, road bikes are still popular with cyclists. They are designed for use on paved roads, and are typically lightweight, with narrow tires and drop handlebars. Road bikes are used for racing, touring, and commuting, and they are an essential part of modern cycling culture.

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