Road bikes are best used on well, you guessed it, the road or paved paths. They are meant to ride fast and far. Typically, road bike rentals have narrower tires, dropped handlebars, lightweight frames, and an aerodynamic design.
Here are some of the different types of road bike rentals:
Race – Racing road bike rentals are the types of bikes that you would see in the Tour de France or on a group ride in your town. Think spandex and speed.
Touring – Touring road bike rentals will typically have a slightly upright riding position, slightly less rigid frames that provide more comfort for longer rides. They also may have many areas for you to store extra water bottles or additional packs.
Fitness road bike rentals – Fitness road bikes are a relatively new category of road bikes which are essentially a racing road bike with flat handlebars. This gives you all of the speed and efficiency of a road bike but with more stability and ease of riding as not everyone is comfortable riding with drop handlebars.
Gravel / Cyclocross Road Bike Rentals – These are a great road bike option that can handle it all. They are tougher road bikes as they have thicker tires, more grip on the tires, disc brakes, upright riding position like the touring bikes but can still be ridden on the road with efficiency. Gravel bikes aren’t as fast as racing or touring road bikes but can handle gravel, dirt, sand much better than the typical road bike.
Gravel bikes are a great option if you’re planning on exploring long distances, want to go fast, and explore off the beaten path as well. They won’t be able to handle as much singletrack riding, rocks, and as much as a mountain bike can handle, however.