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