The Difference between an Ordinary Bike and a Racing Bike

A racing bicycle, also known as a road bike, is designed for competitive road cycling, a sport governed by strict rules and regulations. The penny farthing, also known as a high wheel, high wheeler, or ordinary, was an early type of bicycle. It has a large front wheel, providing high speeds and comfort. Racing bikes are usually used in competitive events, whereas ordinary bikes are more often used in everyday life. They both have different frame shapes, seat heights, and handlebar positions compared to each other. Racing bikes are lighter because they are designed to go faster with less effort from riders.

1. Wheel Size

Let’s compare the wheel size of both.

  • Ordinary bikes, or penny-farthing, have a more giant front wheel than the back wheel, while racing bikes typically have the same size wheels.

2. Gears

Here is some key difference in gears between both bikes;

Ordinary bikes:

  • Ordinary bikes have more giant gears for slower speeds, with three options for easier pedaling – 2/3, 3/4, and full gear ranges.
  • They also have larger tires, allowing for more time between tire changes.

Racing bikes:

  • Brakes are better on racing bikes due to the faster speeds, and it’s safer too.
  • The smaller wheel sizes make it easier to maintain balance when going downhill, turning corners, and in high winds.