Fancy the Tour de France, or even just touring France? Either way, the road bike is the swift, lean, ultra-efficient machine you need for racing, touring, or cycling long distances. Road bikes are designed with efficiency and reliability in mind to get you gliding effortlessly along those smooth surfaces. With dropped handles, super-light frames made from aluminium or carbon fibre, and skinny tyres, you can maximise energy transfer and pick up some serious speed.