You'll need the best quality aluminum or carbon fiber road bars as you advance in the sport of cycling, whether it be longer weekend rides or getting into road racing. Road bike handlebars are a key comfort point for extended cycling mileage, since your hands are one of the main 3 contact points on the bicycle. Road bars can be installed in usually under 1 hour - that might seem a long time, but remember you have to install the shifters, possibly the brake levers, and then wrap the bars with handlebar tape. You should consider top brands like Ritchey, Shimano, 3T, Profile, and Deda when shopping for bike handlebars. Pair your road bars with the right stem to be sure that you get a great cockpit setup fit right for you. QBike has the bike riding gear you need, giving you a full shopping web site to find the lowest prices on your road bar. Note that bicycle road bars are manufactured in various widths and shapes - typically, you'll find 38cm, 40cm, 42cm, 44cm and 46cm widths offered. You also have to consider the clamp size. Bike component engineers realized many years ago that they could create handlebars lighter and stiffer based on one key thing: an increase in the diameter of the bar where it clamps to the bike stem. This discovery is what brought about the oversize handlebar trend, which changed the standard clamp size from 26.0mm to 31.8mm. Bike handlebars are available with 26.0 (standard) clamp size, but you'll see a lot more 31.8 (oversize) clamp sections out there. The bend of a road bar is generally llabeled either ergo or classic. Classic bend bars have smooth half-circles that transition from the top of a road bar to what are called the drops. Ergo bars, on the other hand, are noted as having a flattened section as the bend curves into the drops. The purpose for this is to fit the hands better when gripping the road bar. The choice between the drop designs can be summarized as finding the right comfort for you, as a cyclist, while bearing in mind the ability to get a good grip under extreme power output, such as during a sprint. So now, which road bars are right for you? The good news is, all road bars are reliable, come in a full range of sizes, and will generally be acceptable for most types of riding. It comes down to price range. In terms of weight, the lightest aluminum road bars are comparable to the lightest carbon road bars. The thing is, aluminum bike bars will almost always win out on price. Powerful sprinter type riders will often be found riding durable aluminum bars, while often times climbers opt for the smoother feel of carbon. Take a look at our road bars here on QBike, and you're sure to find the right bike handlebars for you.