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BUYERS GUIDE TO: ROAD BIKES

Commonly referred to as a "racing" bike.  However in more recent years named more generally as a road bike due to the growing number of cycling disciplines. 

Road bikes can be purchased with different requirements in mind.  People who wish to race, will look for a race bike that focuses less on long distance comfort, and more on out and out speed.  Others look for a road bike to spend all day in the saddle known as a sportive bike.  Some just want an allround low cost fitness machine capable of doing either. The latest style of road bike is known as an "Aero" bike. Although these are often used as race bikes they are also popular with triathletes, time trialists or just for anyone who wants the most aerodynamically efficient bike on the market.

These days most road bikes are made from carbon fibre or aluminium.  Both offer a lightweight and durable material for frame construction however carbon fibre is widely regarded as the superior choice.  This is because it is the lightest of the two but also offers some in-built flex to increase comfort.

Road Bike Sizing Guide

The below measurements should help you decide on what size frame is right for you.  All of our staff ride bikes so if you are unsure, please give us a call and we can discuss your individual requirements. As a rule we often find Cube road bikes measure up a little small and you may find you need a size larger than expected.

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: