Bikes don’t come cheap anymore, therefore this road bike vs. fitness bike debate. To understand the two types, a road bike is narrower (have less wind resistance) and that will help for the longer rides. The big difference is the tires; a road bike has skinny tires that allows you to ride faster and farther at the same effort. The fitness bike with fatter tires allows you to ride on more surfaces like grass, dirt and the ride will be a bit softer. However, you can ride a road bike for fitness and you can ride a fitness bike on the road.
Fitness goals, benefits and personal safety
According to several cycling forums, bike riding is a good sustainable aerobic workout although it concentrates more on the leg muscles. This is due to the body position, the head being much lower. A fitness type bike places you in a much more comfortable position. When used over different terrains your arms and upper body as well as your lungs and legs are used.
Road bikes cannot really be used over rough terrain and may become dangerous. Thinner tires can get damaged and are also prone to slippage, as it is not designed for constant jolting and impacts. Also, the body position makes balance more difficult. If you need the bike for commuting through traffic and built up areas, then a fitness bike is the best choice. The upright body position provides for better vision, making it easy to maneuver through traffic. The larger tires give better grip, and you can easily jump up onto the sidewalk when traffic is heavy. They are more comfortable and some have piston type suspension on the forks. For family outings in the locality, fitness bikes are more suitable.
If you are in a road racing group, then you will need a road bike. The steady surface and need to keep up with the pack get easier.
Think properly and research enough when considering to buy a road bike or a fitness bike. The hybrid bikes are not suggested as usually people are seen wanting to buy a road or fitness bike after using them for a few days. Take into consideration the length and frequency of your rides, type of ride, the traffic and terrain you will face. Once you have chosen the generic type of bike, reflect on your budget and go ahead.