by Dan Mumford
If you are interested in racing bikes, you will need to learn some things about the bikes before making a decision as to which one to purchase and race. There are a few different kinds of racing bikes to choose from. They are standard, time trial and track racing bikes.
The standard bike is the most common. This type is perfect for road riding. The rider will be positioned hunched over the bike, however it is high enough that they can still see where they are going. These bikes are extremely fast. The next type of racing bike is the time trial bike. These bikes are designed to go incredibly fast while making turns on an a circuit or oval on a closed road course. Much like the standard bike, the rider is hunched over the bike, however, they have the option of adding extensions on the handlebars for comfort and to get a better grip.
They can also attach smaller front wheels to change the riding position to a lower position than usual. The last type of racing bike is the track racing bike, this is used indoors on oval circuits. These have a single fixed gear with no brakes. The only way for a rider to stop is to slow down his pedaling. There is no way to stop the bike immediately. This type of racing bike is stripped down to the minimum required framework so that it is as light and fast as possible.
All of these racing bikes are made as light as possible. The lighter the bike, the faster it will be able to go. These bikes are also equipped with slick tires which offer very little drag on the road surface, also assisting in maximum speed. The aerodynamic design of the bike and the riders position lends itself to the least amount of wind drag possible. All of these design points do have their drawbacks. Because the bike is stripped down to only necessities, it can be extremely uncomfortable to ride. In addition, because of the position the rider is forced into, they may experience back, neck and wrist pain. Since the tires are so slick and thin, they do not protect from vibration and can cause discomfort for the rider.
No matter what type of racing bike you are looking for, make sure that you do some research before purchasing. Talk to other racers that you may know and see what types and brands they recommend. Once you have narrowed it down, head to a store and try them out. If you know exactly what you want, you may be able to find it cheaper on the internet. However, be sure that you have tested out that specific type of bike before purchasing.
Sydney Garrison is an avid cyclist and sports enthusiast. She is also a partner in an online bike carrier store.