About Our Road Bikes
Our road racing bikes are lightweight speed machines, perfect for longer or faster rides, such as triathlons, Aids Life Cycle, jaunts down to San Diego, etc. They are made from lightweight materials such as carbon fiber or aluminum alloy, and are tuned-up for your perfect ride.
We can get you fitted on the best bike for you, and will select a bike based on the terrain you want to tackle. Whether you’re looking for tough climbs and steep descents, a classic California ride along the Pacific Coast Highway, or loaded touring with a rack and panniers, we’ve got you covered.
What IS a road bike, anyway?
Meant for speed and distance, road bikes typically have drop handlebars and narrow, slick tires on racing bike wheels. They’re meant to be as light as possible, which these days often means carbon fiber or aluminum frames and wheels. Some road bikes are made the old-fashioned way, with chromoly steel frames, but they’re all meant to be lightweight and put your body into an aggressive position.
These bikes have become an entire category of bicycles. They are typically differentiated from mountain bikes, although that isn’t strictly enforced. A road bike can be anything from a lightweight racer to a long-distance touring bike with racks and fenders. Many cyclists use these bikes as day-to-day commuters, as they’re fast and fun. They can be high-tech, with electronic shifting and disc brakes, or classic and simple machines.
If you’re looking to get into cycling as a sport, you might want to check out our selection of new road bikes. Whether your goals include fun, training, weight loss, commuting, competing in a cycling race, triathlon, or alley cat race, or taking on a long-distance ride, a road bike can take you there.
Most road bikes now have are called clip-less pedals, as opposed to older models, which had toeclips. These clip-less pedals attach mechanically to special cycling shoes. Many people are initially uncomfortable with shoes that clip into their pedals. Clipping in and out requires some practice, but it provides benefits such as a higher possible cadence and greater comfort over longer distances. Clip-less pedals can make a cyclist faster, so they’re recommended if you’re riding for speed and training. But it’s a free country, and you’re welcome to put flat pedals or old-fashioned toeclips on your road bike.