The average American spends about $4,000 a year on their bicycle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a hefty sum considering that the average American bike is about 2 feet longer and has a much shorter wheelbase than their typical commuter bike.
This is a big difference in the value of a bike, since a commuter bike is just as much a product of its time, according a 2016 report from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
So the goal of this article isn’t to make you a great commuter bike builder, but rather to help you decide if your purchase of a road bike will be worth it.
If your budget is tight, then a road-only bike is more affordable than a commuter, especially when you consider the fact that a road bicycle is designed to be more economical than a cruiser.
You’ll find that the price of a dedicated road bike can be between $6,000 and $7,000.
The difference in price between road and commuter is what makes it worthwhile to buy a road or commuter bike for your next trip.
So let’s take a look at the pros and cons of buying a road and commuting bike for a weekend road trip.
Pros of buying road or commuting bikes for your trip Cons of buying an ultra-high-end road bike Pros: Low price of entry.
It’s also easier to find a good deal if you want to purchase a road, rather than a road commuter.
Pros: Can be custom built for your lifestyle.
It doesn’t take much of a redesign to make your bike look like a commuter’s or road’s.
It can be an incredibly versatile bike, but you’ll want to consider how much of your life you’re going to be spending on it.
Cons: You’ll need to make a few compromises.
You might not be able to fit a bike seat or saddle, and you’ll need a rear rack for the wheels.
This isn’t something that you can easily do on a budget.
Pros and Cons: Depending on your budget, you’ll be able buy a dedicated bike or road bike for just under $10,000 Pros: You can build your own wheels.
You can make your own pedals.
You may even be able make your frame yourself.
Pros plus: You may be able save a few dollars.
You won’t have to buy expensive custom wheels or pedals.
Cons plus: It’s more difficult to customize.
You will need to spend more money on tires, tires, and a whole bunch of other parts to make sure your bike will ride well.
Pros include: Can ride all kinds of terrain.
Pros Plus: You don’t need to buy fancy wheels or tires.
Cons Plus: Some of the features of a commuter bicycle, such as an exhaust system, can be added for an extra cost.
Pros, plus plus plus: Your bike won’t last forever.
Pros also include: A built-in radio, a battery pack, and plenty of other features that will make your trip as enjoyable as it is.
Pros can include: Built-in GPS, Bluetooth, a built-ins computer, and more.
Pros are also included with road and road commuter bikes.
Pros may include: You get to use the latest technology.
Pros Also include: Some additional features such as a wireless charging station, or an adjustable suspension system.
Pros might include: No emissions.
Pros includes: Built in rear-seat parking.
Pros Pros also includes: A high-quality frame, wheels, and pedals.
Pros or plus plus include: An excellent range of options for road and trail riding.
Pros will include: The option to go road- or commuter-only.
Pros including: You save money and can customize your bike for whatever you want.
Pros in general include: If you want more comfort and a little more style, you can opt for a road model.
Pros from a road perspective include: One of the best commuter bikes on the market.
Pros From a road frame perspective include (in order of preference): Road wheels.
The best road bike.
Pros you can add to your road bike include: Road brakes, a shock, and shocks.
A low-profile saddle.
Road wheels or wheels that don’t have any road tires included.
Road bike wheels or hubs.
A front or rear rack.
A high quality battery pack or battery, depending on the bike.
You don-t have to worry about getting your bike tuned up.
Pros included: A dedicated road bicycle.
Pros for road or road commuter include: Many other features.
Pros to a road cyclist include: Most of the bells and whistles.
A very comfortable ride.
An impressive range of tires.
An excellent set of brakes.
Built-ins GPS and wireless charging.
Built in navigation and a camera.
A full-color display, plus a built in radio.
A removable rear rack, plus rack and shoulder straps.
A built in battery pack and