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Road cycling is the most widespread form of cycling. It takes place primarily on paved surfaces. It includes recreational, racing, and utility cycling. Experienced road cyclists generally obey the same rules and laws as other vehicle drivers and are often referred to as vehicular cyclists.

In the context of utility cycling, road cycling fulfils various purposes including commuting and also general transport for work, e.g., bicycle messengering and leisure. There are many types of bikes that are used on the roads, from BMX bikes through to high end road bikes with the road bicycle being the most common type.

Bikes are usually made from one of four different materials (or a combination of two or more of these materials). These are steel, aluminium, titanium, and carbon fiber. Throughout the world the most commonly used material is steel as it is relatively cheap, strong and is much easier to repair than the other materials that can be used.

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