The Roadie


You take bike riding to another level. You often ride 50 miles or more, often several times a week, and likely are a cycling club member. Your bike is probably carbon fiber, or at least has carbon fiber parts.

There are a couple of sub-sets of the roadie, I have observed. One is the recumbent cyclist, who doesn’t like the traditional style bicycle for one reason or another.  Another is the tandem bicycle rider (or riders in this case). But we’ll get to those later.

So, I’m sure you’ve seen Roadies around; they always wear road cycling clothes, cycling shoes, have a nice lightweight bike, and usually ride in a group of two or more. Quite often they are on a club ride, and are wearing club jerseys and ride fast.

But don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to belong to a club or ride in a group to be a Roadie; I most often ride alone, or sometimes with a partner, and I still consider myself a Roadie.  I do have a better than average bike, and still go on century (100 mile) rides once or twice a year.

You don’t have to spring for an all carbon bike to be a Roadie, but your bike should be relatively light in weight.  It’s surprising how much difference a couple of pounds can make on a long ride; that’s why a Roadie will at least try to keep his or her weight down.

Sound like fun so far?  Good!  To get started, it would be good to find a club in your area that rides at a more leisurely pace, or at least has a group of newer riders that does that.  You can learn a lot in this environment, both about riding and getting bicycle maintenance tips.

Road BikesMen's ClothingWomen's ClothingRoad Gloves
Types of Bikes
Aluminum Frame Bikes
Aluminum frame bikes are less expensive than carbon bikes, usually $1000 or less, but can be very good lightweight bikes. They often have carbon front forks, to shave off a little weight, and sometimes have disk brakes.
Co-op Cycles ARD 1.1 - Unisex
  • Aluminum frame and full-carbon fork
  • Shimano Claris 2 x 8 drivetrain with 16 gears
  • Dual-piston mechanical disc brakes
  • High-quality, lightweight Co-op Cycles wheelset; fits 700x28c tires
  • Co-op Cycles ARD 1.1 Bike
    Cannondale CAAD12 105 - Unisex
  • SmartForm C1 premium alloy frame
  • Shifters and derailleurs; Shimano 105
  • Shimano 105 rear cogs; 11 = 22 gears
  • Shimano 105 Rim brakes
  • Mavic Aksium WTS wheelset; fits 700x25c tires
  • Cannondale CAAD12 105 Bike
    Carbon Frame Bikes
    Trek Domane SL 5 - Unisex
  • 500 Series OCLV Carbon Frame
  • Shifters, derailleurs; Shimano 105
  • Shimano 105 rear cogs; 11 = 22 gears
  • Shimano 105 rim brakes
  • Bontrager wheelset; fits 700x28c tires
  • Trek Domane SL 5 Bike
    Specialized Tarmac Elite - Men's
  • Specialized Tarmac SL4, FACT 9r carbon Frame
  • Shifters and derailleurs; Shimano Ultegra 8000
  • Shimano 105 rear cogs; 11= 22 gears
  • Shimano Ultegra 8000 rim brakes
  • DT R460 wheelset; fits 700x23c tires
  • Specialized Tarmac Elite Bike
    Specialized Ruby Sport - Women's
  • Specialized FACT 9r carbon Frame
  • shifters and derailleurs; Shimano 105
  • Shimano 105 rear cogs; 11 = 22 gears
  • Tektro Spyre, flat mount, mechanical disc brakes
  • Axis Sport Disc wheelset; fits 700x28c tires
  • Specialized Ruby Sport - Women's
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    Men’s Clothing
    Pearl Izumi Pursuit Attack Bike Shorts - Men's
  • Select Transfer fabric sets the benchmark for moisture transfer
  • Sculpted 8-panel anatomic design
  • Updated Select Pursuit Chamois
  • Turned fabric at leg openings with silicone print grip
  • Reflective elements for lowlight visibility
  • UPF 50+





  • Pearl Izumi Pursuit Attack Bike Shorts - Men's
    Craft Verve Glow Bib Bike Shorts
  • Technical body-control fabrics offer great muscle support and efficient moisture transport and cooling
  • UPF 50 sun protection
  • Ergonomic design ensures perfect fit in riding and racing position
  • Infinity C1 men's chamois pad delivers optimal comfort in the saddle
  • Craft Verve Glow Bib Bike Shorts
    Co-op Cycles Thermal Tights - men's
  • Stretchy, fleece-backed, quick-drying fabric
  • Flat seams, flat drawcord and articulated patterning of panels
  • Ankles feature bottom grippers to stay in place while pedaling and zippers for easy on and off
  • 360° reflective trim
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Co-op Cycles Thermal Tights - Men's
    Pearl Izumi Select Quest Bike Jersey
  • Select Transfer jersey fabric wicks away moisture and dries quickly for lasting comfort
  • 12 in. zipper for venting

  • 3 back pockets
  • Reflective elements for lowlight visibility
  • Elasticized hem
  • Pearl Izumi Select Quest Bike Jersey - Men's
    Louis Garneau Metz Lite Bike Jersey - Men's
  • Diamond fabric is a light stretch knit with a diamond-shape construction that ventilates and wicks moisture
  • UPF 20 sun protection
  • Strategically located Highlander 4-way stretch mesh
  • 3 angled back pockets
  • High capacity multimedia pocket
  • Louis Garneau  Metz Lite Bike Jersey - Men's
    Co-op Cycles Full-Zip Road Jersey - men's
  • High-gauge warp knit fabric with soft stretch and quick-drying action
  • A fitted design, compression arm bands and gripper elastic on the bottom
  • Reflective accents on sleeves and rear pockets
  • 3 open pockets in back with 1" volume pleat at the bottom
  • Secure pocket in the back
  • Co-op Cycles Full-Zip Road Jersey - men's
    Showers Pass Double Century Bike Jacket - Men's
  • Waterproof, breathable membrane and durable water repellent finish
  • seams are taped to seal out moisture
  • Jacket packs down to fit in a jersey pocket
  • Venting options keep you cool when temperatures rise: 2 core vents, 2 cuff vents, a 2-way front zipper and a back vent
  • Chest pocket with audio port and large back pocket
  • reflectivity for enhanced visibility
  • Cinch cord at hem; back vent includes loop for attaching a safety light
  • Showers Pass Double Century Bike Jacket - Men's
    Louis Garneau Men's Power Wool Cycling Jersey
  • The Power Wool jersey is made with a soft blend of natural wool and synthetic fibers designed to keep you naturally warm even in damp conditions.
  • The channeled construction of the merino wool inner face allows maximum sweat evacuation while preserving your body heat.
  • The smooth polyester outer face works great when layering under a jacket in colder conditions.
  • The Power Wool jersey features a full-length zipper, 3 angled rear pockets, a multimedia pocket, and elastic at the wrists and hems
  • Reflective accents provide greater visibility in low light.
  • Louis Garneau Men's Power Wool Cycling Jersey
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    Women’s Clothing
    Pearl Izumi Escape Quest Bike Shorts - Women's
  • Select Transfer Dry fabric wicks sweat and dries in a flash

  • Wide waistband is supportive and comfortable

  • Silicone leg grippers hold hems in place without constricting blood flow
  • Select Escape 1:1 chamois is smooth against your skin with comfortable, blended edge-free cushioning
  • Reflective details promote visibility
  • Pearl Izumi Escape Quest Bike Shorts - omen's
    Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Escape Bib Bike Shorts - Women's
  • Women-specific P.R.O. Escape 1:1 Chamois is smooth next to your skin, with a free-floating, dynamic stretch topsheet and 3-layer suspension core for plush comfort
  • Center bib clip allows for customizable front strap position
  • Luxuriously soft P.R.O. Transfer fabric
  • BioViz™ reflective elements
  • Silicone leg grippers hold hems in place without constriction
  • Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Escape Bib Bike Shorts - Women's
    Co-op Cycles Road Knickers - Women's
  • Quick-drying, moisture-wicking fabric keeps you cool and comfy during high-performance rides
  • Women-specific open-cell foam chamois provides padded comfort
  • UPF 50+ protection staves off sunrays
  • Reflective strips and logo enhance visibility during low-light rides
  • Co-op Cycles Road Knickers - Women's
    Terry Soleil Bike Top - Women's
  • Top is designed by women for women
  • Moisture-wicking, anti-bacterial fabric keeps you dry, comfortable and odor-free in hot conditions
  • Shaped hemline is slightly longer in the rear for full coverage and free of elastic for easy movement
  • 3 open rear pockets give you plenty of storage for all-day cycling adventures
  • UPF 50+ fabric
  • Terry Soleil Bike Top - Women's
    Pearl Izumi Select Pursuit Bike Jersey - Women's
  • Select Transfer Dry fabric wicks sweat away from your skin
  • Full-length zipper with tailored draft flap unzips to allow cooling airflow
  • 3 back pockets offer easy storage
  • Reflective elements help you stay visible in low-light conditions
  • Pearl Izumi Select Pursuit Bike Jersey - Women's
    Pearl Izumi Elite Pursuit Speed Jersey - Women's
  • Special textured fabrics are used on the leading edges and shoulders to smooth airflow and reduce drag
  • Direct-Vent panels provide superb ventilation to help keep you cool
  • 3 back pockets with bonded finish keep your fuel close at hand
  • Reflective elements and BioViz™ color option enhance low-light visibility
  • Silicone gripper on back holds hem in place
  • Pearl Izumi Elite Pursuit Speed Jersey - Women's
    Co-op Cycles Soft-Shell Jacket - Women's
  • Soft, stretchy double-weave fabric breathes well and resists wind and water
  • Stretch jersey in key spots—back, underarms and the bend in the abdomen—lets out heat to keep you cool
  • Internal cuff gaskets roll over gloves so there is no gap for wind
  • Reflective accents on all sides boost visibility
  • 2 open rear pockets with a 1 in. pleat at bottom; 1 zippered pocket secures your keys and cash
  • Co-op Cycles Soft-Shell Jacket - Women's
    7mesh Desperado Henley Bike Jersey - Women's
  • Articulated pattern promotes mobility on and off the bike
  • Merino wool blend stays cool and inhibits the buildup of odor-causing bacteria
  • Keeps you warm even when wet - unlike other materials
  • Snap neck closure
  • 3/4-length sleeves
  • 7mesh Desperado Henley Bike Jersey - Women's
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    Gloves
    Giro Bravo Gel Bike Gloves - Men's
  • Redesigned cuffs eliminate binding materials
  • Breathable 4-way stretch-mesh fabric
  • Gel padding absorbs road vibration and impact
  • Absorbent microfiber surface
  • 3-panel palm design
  • Hook-and-loop tab closure
  • Sonic-welded pull tabs allow easy on/off
  • Giro Bravo Gel Bike Gloves - Men's
    Giro Tessa Gel Bike Gloves - Women's
  • Redesigned cuffs eliminate binding materials
  • Breathable 4-way stretch-mesh fabric
  • Gel padding absorbs road vibration and impact
  • Absorbent microfiber surface
  • 3-panel palm design
  • Hook-and-loop tab closure
  • Sonic-welded pull tabs allow easy on/off

  • Giro Tessa Gel Bike Gloves - Women's
    Giro Bravo Gel LF Bike Gloves - Men's
  • Absorbent microfiber surface
  • 3-panel palm design
  • Touch screen technology allows you to use your smartphone with gloved hands
  • Gel padding absorbs road vibration and impact
  • Low-profile hook-and-loop tab closure
  • Sonic-welded pull tabs allow easy on/off
  • Giro Bravo Gel LF Bike Gloves - Men's

  • Absorbent microfiber surface
  • 3-panel palm design
  • Touch screen technology allows you to use your smartphone with gloved hands
  • Gel padding absorbs road vibration and impact
  • Low-profile hook-and-loop tab closure
  • Sonic-welded pull tabs allow easy on/off
  • Giro Tessa Gel LF Bike Gloves - Women's
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