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BUYERS GUIDE TO: ALL-ROUND / FITNESS ROAD BIKES

All-round Fitness oriented road bikes are bikes aimed at the beginner or entry level road bike rider. Somebody who wants to use the bike for getting fit and maybe even try their hand at a race. One road bike for any purpose. These bikes start at around £600 and head up to around £1000.  You might want to consider a long standing favourite, the Specialized Allez.

It's worth noting, most bike shops do not stock road bikes under £600. The reason for this is the quality of components needed to produce a light weight road machine. Road bikes for much less suffer from high weight and poor ride quality, thus rendering the very point of a road bike useless.

Fancy road bike efficiency and fitness training in a cheaper package? Try a flat bar road bike, designed around similar principles, but with flat handlebars, as opposed to the usual dropped variety. These bikes start at around £400 and head upwards of £1600. Check out the Specialized Sirrus range or perhaps the Cannondale Quick.

Road Bike Sizing Guide

Determining Your Road Bike Frame Size
Height Inseam Length Bike Frame Size
4'10" - 5'1" 25.5” - 27” 46 - 48 cm
5'0" - 5'3" 26.5" - 28" 48 - 50 cm
5'2" - 5'5" 27.5" - 29" 50 - 52 cm
5'4" - 5'7" 28.5" - 30" 52 - 54 cm
5'6" - 5'9" 29.5" - 31" 54 - 56 cm
5'8" - 5'11" 30.5" - 32" 56 - 58 cm
5'10" - 6'1" 31.5" - 33" 58 - 60 cm
6'0" - 6'3" 32.5" - 34" 60 - 62 cm
6'2" - 6'5" 34.5" - 36" 62 - 64 cm

Learn more about the different types of road bike available: