ROAD BIKES

The skinny tyres and wheels com­bine for speed but make them vul­ner­a­ble to dam­age from kerbs and pot­holes

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L ight, fast and fash­ion­able, road-rac­ing bikes have be­come the street trans­port of choice for a gen­er­a­tion of rid­ers re­turn­ing to road cy­cling or cross­ing over from moun­tain bik­ing. A road bike will cover a long com­mute at a crack­ing pace. But be warned that the skinny tyres and light wheels that com­bine to make them so fast also make them vul­ner­a­ble to dam­age from kerbs and pot­holes, so they de­mand a de­gree of vig­i­lance. Thieves love them, too, so bud­get for a big chunky lock. You’ll also need a light, sta­ble back­pack as few road bikes pro­vide any car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity, and you’re prob­a­bly go­ing to get wet when it rains – Crud Road­racer mud­guards solve that prob­lem for most road bikes. When the weather’s fine, treat your­self to an early start: there are few things bet­ter than zoom­ing to work the long way on a sum­mer morn­ing.

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