Bikes designed for road use only. Could be any road-only bike, but typically means bikes optimized for speed / racing / club rides with drop handlebars, narrow tires and a crouched-forward rider position.

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Maxing out on gears [duplicate]

I have an older specialized bike from 2001 that I ride and race on with a gearing of Shimano 53/39 and 9-speed cassette 12/26. On my regular weekly rides I end up maxing out on my gears and can't get ...
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Does anyone know the model of this Legnano bike?

Hi everyone, I've recently just bought this bike for a really good price with the intention to work on it (a new paint job etc..) yet, I can't seem to figure out the model of the bike. I've done ...
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What is the problem with adjusting brake levers to end their travel “too close” to the handlebars?

I've recently increased my cycling (as a form of alternate transportation far more so than a sport). I got a nicely rebuilt old Schwinn converted to take STI shifters. Now that I've spent the time ...
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Replacement seatpost clamp for Saturae seatpost

I have destroyed the clamp that connects the seatpost with the saddle on my Mekk. The seatpost is Saturae. Can someone tell me what type of clamp i need and where I can get it? Its a one bolt seat ...
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some resources for a bianchi [closed]

I've got a 1981 (i'm told) bianchi 10-speed road bike. I am having trouble left and right. is there anything as basic as a site wherein i could provide the serial number and get some general ...
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Can I use a 3x10 shifter/brake lever on a 3x8 bike?

I have a 3x8 road bike, but mistakenly bought a 3x10 Shimano derailleur/brake lever. Will it work or should I exchange?
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Frame with bottle cage boss ripped out - how serious is the damage?

I'm a huge fan of Greg Lemond so naturally when this frame showed up in my local Facebook page with just the frame and headset, no fork. I got very excited. The seller says that the bottle cage boss ...
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TdF - Mountain stages without a front derailleur?

An article on VeloNews about EPO use featured the following photo of Lance Armstrong from Stage 8 of the 2003 Tour de France: I noticed that Lance does not have a front derailleur. His left shifter ...
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700c 28er - same as 29er?

I thought that all 700c/622 wheels were "29er" compatible or basically the same size; 622mm. I had the tire off a Mavic Aksium wheel yesterday and was surprised that it is labeled 700c 28''. Is ...
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Broken Cogset-Back Wheel will not turn when pedaling

I have an older road bike. I noticed that when I tried to go up large hills a few years ago, I would pedal but the back wheel wouldn't get any power. Now the wheel will not turn at all when I am ...
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Can someone help me identify this Serotta model?

so I have recently acquired a Serotta bike from a friend of mine and am having a really hard time finding out what year and model it is. All I can seem to discover is that the frame is made by ...
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Can someone help me to identify this bike model

It's a "Focus" road bike, from 2013 or 2014 (I think). Can someone tell me the exact model ? Thanks a lot !
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Changing 700x35C tires with 25mm?

I'm riding on a hybrid bike with 700x35mm tires which is ideal in the city. Every now and then I could go on a ride outside of the city, covering distances in the vicinity of 80km and doing some ...
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Does this used bike have visible issues?

I've been riding on a Cannondale Carbon Synapse since 2012 for 2,000+ miles and need a replacement and upgrade. I'm looking for used bikes since I can't afford the cost of a higher end bike (with an ...
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Can these shifters be fixed? Scratches?

I got into an accident where my handlebars got bent. They are very firm and do not seem to budge with force, but I'm a small guy. Can they be fixed? Can I do it myself? What tools would I need? How ...
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Campagnolo rear mech with Sram groupset

Is it possible to install a Campagnolo Record 11 speed mechanical rear derailleur on a bike that is otherwise equipped with a Sram Force 11 speed groupset? Has anyone ever used a similar setup and if ...
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Do one-sided clip-in pedals have a bit more friction and inefficiency than alternatives?

Moving from old style pedals years ago, to when I took up cycling again more recently, I noticed a difference when oiling the bike, while doing maintenance. After oiling an old style pedal, I would ...
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Disassembling crank on a 2006 Trek Pilot 2.1

I'm trying to disassemble the crankset on my 2006 Trek Pilot 2.1; the bike has all OEM parts. The crank is a Bontrager race crankset, which I'm to understand is a a rebranded Truvativ crank. For a ...
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Road Bike Wheel Replacement

Simple question for a new cyclist. I want to change my wheelset to these (http://www.rolwheels.com/wheels/wheel/volant-r-t). Will they be compliant with my current bike? (https://www.norco.com/bike-...
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Do all 10-speed chains fit 3x10?

I'm wondering if all 10-speed chains fit to 3x10. A lot of webshops say that the chain is "for road bikes 2x10" or something like that. Or nothing at all. The chain I have right now (Shinano CN HG-54) ...
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Map app for avoiding gravel roads [closed]

I use Google for mapping out long distance tours in areas I don't know. Often it takes me on gravel roads. I can't tell from the app that is not really road bike friendly till I get there. This can ...
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What to do when a car turns into a side road (etiquette)?

If a car is turning right onto a side road and not an intersection, what must I do? Perhaps I am 25 feet/7.5 meters (and another cyclist just passed the car that's turning right), should I A) Try ...
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Is it normal for seat stays on new CAAD12 frame to be slightly warped/not straight?

The seat stays on my brand new Cannondale CAAD12 frame are slightly warped (not straight and slightly different on both sides), especially around the welding spots for the rear brake mount. I could ...
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Shifter cable broke down: misuse, lack of maintenance, shifter or regular occurrence?

My rear shifter cable just snapped yesterday. It broke down without any real warnings that I can recall. It neatly broke right at the head, that remained inside the shifter (a Shimano one). If I ...
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Unknown Balfa Road Bike

I have a Balfa road bike which I cannot find any information on or pictures anywhere. I would like some help identifying the bike model, the original parts, and the frame. What I have found so far: ...
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I have a bicycle that is yet to have been identified by anyone

It's a five speed with a Nervar crankset The rear derailleur is a Huret Allivet The single friction shifter lever is located on the downtube Remnants of a "Made in France" sticker cling to life close ...
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Russian “Turist” bike look alike [closed]

guys! I was wondeing if any of you beautiful people can help me out. My dad's bike just broke :( He lives in Ukraine and has had this "Turist" bike for probably over 20 years. They don't make this ...
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Planning to purchase a road bike

I am 57 years old, 182 cm and weigh 105 kg. I have been cycling for the past 5 years, mostly with a city bike, Trek 7.5 FX. After a trial of a long distance lasting a week with that bike, I realized ...
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Road tyres on mtb? [duplicate]

I started commuting to work and was wondering if it's worth getting some slick road tyres for a 560 rockrider Btwin bike. It has a 26x2 mitcheline cross trail tyre that came with the bike which is ...
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Upgrade to disc brakes

I just got an older bike - a Schwinn Paramount Series 7 PGD OS bike. It has 26" wheels. What is required to convert to disc brakes? Any suggestions on which kit is best to get? Are there any ...
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Is it advisable to travel 11 miles one way to office every day [duplicate]

I am in London. Is it a good idea to travel 11 miles (one way) from home to office.Google says it takes 56 minutes. I wear office formal with out a suit and tie. What advice can you suggest on ...
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What is the best time to cycle during the day (traffic)?

I started cycling a year ago and I have a favourite route for my time trial training since it is very hilly. However, I cycle on a major road (just outside town) and thus I like to cycle when it is ...
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The size of tire. [duplicate]

Can i put a 27* 1 1/4 size tire on a 27* 1 3/8 sized rim? I think there's just a little difference but i'm not sure if it'll work fine so better ask the veterans.
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Why is 53/39 known as “standard” for road bikes?

In common cycling parlance, 53/39 is referred to as "standard" gearing for road cranksets, and most mechanics or experienced cyclists will understand that if you say you have a "standard crankset", ...
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Did I purchase the correct brakes for my Huffy bike?

Did I purchase the correct bike brakes for my Huffy bicycle. I just put the back set on the back and no matter how hard I squeeze the brake it is not tight enough to stop bike. If anyone know please ...
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Bike size confusion

I'm in the process of getting a road bike with the intention to use it for getting fit. I'm tried 2 Trek Emonda bikes yesterday at a LBS, one was a 56 and the other was 58. Honestly, after riding ...
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What to pack for small 500km touring?

I recently bought BTWIN Triban 520 (drop handlebars) for exploring into road biking and decided the best way to do it would be probably touring. I'm not looking to race but probably for endurance ...
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Carry road bike inside an SUV

I'm in the process of getting a road bike. I already have a SUV with interior space large enough to carry a road bike. Worst case, I might have to remove the front tire and place it horizontally. Are ...
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Best season to get a Bike on clearance

I'm shopping for a new road bike, probably a Cannondale Synapse or a SuperSix Evo Carbon. Since this is around the time the new models for 2017 are going to come in, shouldn't this be the time when I'...
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Determine miles on a bike

I'm a beginner trying to get on a road bike. I've been shopping around for a new bike for the last week and am also toying with the idea of getting a gently used "pre-owned". One of the guys I've ...
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Replacing a rear wheel

My rear wheel is bent and I have no idea what kind of wheel I should be buying for replacement. My bike is a 700Cx23 road bike with 14 gears and a 7 speed cassette. I was advised that I'd need to buy ...
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can I use my road bike off road?

I have several bikes. I noticed that 90% of times I go on road so I got myself a road bike. But, can I use it for off road? Nothing extreme maybe some dirt roads or with small stones or poorly ...
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Nerve pain and “handedness”—is it common for your dominant hand to be more susceptible to nerve problems?

Since moving to the Southwest I've greatly ramped up my cycling. I used to do ~16 miles a day, now I do double that or better, nearly every day of the week. Usually by around 15-20 miles I get nerve ...
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Asymmetric pedaling?

When riding with clipless pedals and road bike shoes is it possible that the legs work asymmetrically? I biked for some years with normal shoes but I started with new pedals and shoes a month ago. It ...
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Loading front wheel in a sharp turn?

When turning sharp at high speed, does it make sense to shift the weight to reduce risk of skidding? I do not see the point of doing so. Both wheels are leaned at the same angle against the ground no ...
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In city traffic, is sitting more upright safer than more aero positions?

I like the handlebar height lower than the average road bikes I see in my city. Am wondering if I am putting myself in more risk.
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is it possible to install 25c tyre on 23c wheel? [duplicate]

Can I fit a 25c tyre onto 23c wheel? Would it cause any problem on long term?
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How to properly thread (textile) pedal straps

Is there a "correct" way to thread (textile) pedal straps for use with toe clips? In the photo above, I threaded the strap in the "opposite" direction to that of how Sheldon Brown threaded leather ...
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What are “two-tone” tubular tires called? [duplicate]

What are those old "two-tone" tubular tires actually called?-- You know, the ones with the "natural-rubber" color on the sidewalls?
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Modern gumwall light touring tires?

Are there any modern road/light touring tires which look like the gumwall tires of yesteryear? In particular, I'm looking for all-weather road tires with serious puncture resistance, i.e. a more-or-...