Fancy the Tour de France, or even just touring France? Either way, what you need is a road bike. Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish did not go into races with a wicker basket on their bars.
Road bikes are designed with one goal in mind: speed on smooth surfaces. With dropped handles, feather-light aluminium or carbon frames and skinny tyres, they maximise the transfer of energy from your legs to the wheels. This efficiency gives you speed in the short run and conserves your strength over the course of a long day in the saddle.
That being said, our road bikes are just as happy shaving a few minutes off your morning commute!