Nobody cares about road bikes anymore. But I’d argue these light, fast, and efficient machines are still great for exploring—something that was reaffirmed when I rode a Pinarello F10 through Italy on a trip with InGamba tours.
Pedaling up to six hours each day, I had an unobstructed view of the countryside that I would have missed while sitting in a tour bus. I met locals and got a close look at vineyards and medieval fortresses that I would have otherwise whizzed past in a car. And thanks to all those calories I burned each day, it felt great to eat heaping platefuls of fettuccine with ragu Bolognese every night, washed down with glass after glass of Chianti classico.
Photo: The group rolls through Castellina in Chianti, a small town of 3,000 people just north of Siena.