What makes a bike suited to be a 'Club Ride' bike?
As I look around at the various bike manufacturers web sites I sometimes see their bikes broken down into suggested uses. Say race, club ride, recreation, or touring. I think I generally understand the attributes of race, recreation, and touring but what makes for a good club ride bike? I have just started riding road, having come from mountain biking, with local clubs and groups and see an all manner of machines participate in the rides. It seems that as the group ride is billed as being in the faster catagory (medium, fast, or very fast) the bikes look racier and less suited for commuting. So, what do you think a manufacturer has in mind when they recommend one of their particular models as a club ride bike?