The best winter road bikes reviewed

A winter road bike should get you through the worst of winter in a bit more comfort and with less chance of mechanicals We explain what to look for in a winter road bike and highlight some key models on the market

best winter road bike
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The idea of having a 'winter road bike' may seem like a luxury to some, but for anyone who has moved into second bike terrain it's a sensible choice which allows you to keep your best bike pristine, ready for the rides where you want an injection of speed.

A dedicated winter road bike is likely to be more robust too, with cheaper components which are likely to wear better and will be less expensive to replace when they do succumb to the inevitable damp and dirt. You're likely to be able to fit mudguards too, which will up your comfort level no end.

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