After drop bars and skinny tyres but don't know where to start? We're here to help you buy your first road bike

With such a variety of bike out there, once you know what features you need, you'll almost certainly be able to find the perfect match!

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Buying your first road bike is a pivotal moment in any rider’s cycling life.

Once you're hunkered down in the drop handlebars, the experience of speed - particularly compared to a hybrid or mountain bike - will be everything you dreamed. And with the increase in efficiency that the best road bikes provide, you'll be able to explore much further than ever before.

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.