Best Long Distance Bikes Review
We review four long-distance bikes to get let you reach your riding destination in comfort and style.
The latest of our triathlon bike reviews focuses on bikes for hitting the road on long rides.
When looking for a bike to cover big miles on, be it for training or competing in big-distance cycling events, the needs are very different from a traditional tri bike. The aggressive geometry of a race machine is perfect for its purpose; a long, low, wind-beating position is ideal for hitting your PB in competition, but use the same bike for distances of more than 100 miles and you’ll come unstuck. The lack of comfort or a position you can change when fatigue starts to set in will both hinder and hurt in equal measure.
The main features to look for in a distance bike are those that affect ride position. Bikes designed for sportive duties will have a slightly shorter top-tube and a taller head tube. This has the effect of making your riding position more upright. Not being at full extension and with less forward bend puts less pressure on your lower back. It also makes it easier to alter your hand position from the drops to the hood tops, and on to the bars’ top flat section. Being able to change your ride position helps keep you flexible and less prone to aches and pains as the miles tick over.
on Thursday, April 5th, 2012 at 5:30 am under Bikes & Cycling Gear, Gear, Triathlon Bike Reviews.
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