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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How can I learn to take care of an old (70s era) road bike/get it back to working condition?

I found my mom's old road bike from the 70s tucked away in a corner of our attic. It's not in great condition and is pretty rusty. I don't know a lot about bikes from a mechanical or upkeep point of ...
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Why are riders allowed to draft behind cars in Grand Tours?

During one of this week's stages of the Giro d'Italia, Chris Froome had a 'technical' issue with his bike that caused him to lose a number of minutes from the peloton. It was of significance as it was ...
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Why so few mountain bikers with spandex?

I've never had clothing that was specialized for cycling, so I'm kinda n00b in that area. I am confused about the use of spandex. It's very common among roadies, for obvious reasons. It's more ...
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Best bike routes in Brooklyn

I live in Brooklyn, NY and in order to get in a decent 30+ mile ride (road bike) I either need to do 9 loops of Prospect Park (ugh..) or head into Manhattan, go up to the GWB, and onto 9W. Then I need ...
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Road bike tuning [on hold]

how will I know that my bike needed to tuned. Someone told me not to tuned it every month. Also, it makes noise when the speed is above 60 km , the noise comes from its front wheel. Its Honda 125 ...
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Can I use a road bike for commuting 11 miles each way without SPANDEX

I am thinking of getting (investing in) a road bike for my 11 mile commute (total 22 miles each day). I want to continue wearing normal work clothes - meaning hiking pants and a T-Shirt. I plan on ...
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Raleigh Rapide Component Upgrade

Raleigh Rapide, it's a 27" 12 speed road bike built in the 1980s. It has a cottered crankset that is not in 'sync', that is one crank-arm is not inline with the other one. I want to upgrade the bike ...
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Can I replace my Shimano RX 100 with a Campagnolo group?

I just purchased a Concorde Mistral with Columbus Gara tubing and would like to transfer my Campagnolo group from an SLX frame that is too big. The Concorde frame has a front derailleur mounting ...
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Has anyone ever used the Spiderflex seat on a roadbike?

I use a spiderflex seat on my mountain bike, and I would like to use this on a road bike. Has anyone ever done this, or something similar? I am 5'10" and 165 lbs (reasonably fit). Yes, I know the ...
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Tyre pressures and Pumps

I have just purchased a new floor bike pump.While checking the tyres on my road bike the gauge reads for the rear tyre 0.95 bar , 13.5 psi.the reccommended pressure is 130 psi, maths not being my ...
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Stainless steel bolts for brake calipers

I'm wanting to replace the bolts used to hold my cantilever brakes on as they've rusted and look pretty terrible on an otherwise clean bike. Is it ok to use stainless (A2-70 or A4-70) for these or ...
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How to “shop” for bikes via mail order

What is a good method for finding a bike which matches my riding style, body measurements and bank account size when not able to actually go and try the given candidate bike model(s) in-person? In my ...
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First Road Bike - Some Options and Issues

I am looking the market for my first road bike. I am planing to be using the bike, couple times per week for 1 - 2 hour rides, and maybe on the weekend some longer ones, around UK Yorkshire. There ...
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What is the point of pedal straps?

What is the reason for pedal straps? They look as if they are more awkward and I can't see what the benefits are. I can't remember the last time my feet slipped off my mountain bike, so why would ...
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Can I use a cyclocross bike for regular road-biking purposes?

I want to race cyclocross, and I also want to ride some longer rides out on the road. Can I buy a cyclocross bike and use it for both cyclocross and some serious road rides (I'm talking century type ...
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How accurate is the 'calories burned' figure on my GPS device?

I use the Garmin Edge 200 to record the route, distance and speed of my rides. It also gives me a prediction of the amount of calories I have burned on any particular ride. The only data I have ...
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I have a trekking bike. Should I buy a road bike to train for a race?

I have a trekking bike (similar to this one : http://www.hervis.at/products/product?code=BASE:1842986&referer=at-bike-cross ) and I plan to join some triathlon events in the future. I try to do ...
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Could someone help me identify this bike?

I would much appreciate it if someone could help me identify this bike? The decals says Viner, but I think the bike is from a different manufacture. Here are some images:
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Triple vs Double chainring?

I'm bike shopping for my first road bike, and I've asked for a lot of advice from my father who was a serious cyclist once upon a time. After showing him one prospective bike, he dismissed it with a ...
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How to fit BB bearings to install Ultegra Crank on road bike Wilier Cento 1

I've bought a used Wilier Cento 1 carbon road bike frame (not the new Cento1SR, but the previous model). Now I would like to transfer all Ultegra 6700 groupset components from my existing bike to it. ...
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bike keyhole broken

I had parked my bike outside my local grocery store and when I came out I saw that my lock had been tampered with. The keyhole where I insert my key was broken in half and the rubber coating was also ...
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Are road bikes durable for use on roads full of cracks and potholes?

I live in Reading UK and commute between home and workplace 5-6 days a week (round trip about 6-7 miles). I know that hybrids are good enough for pretty much anything, but I find road bikes really ...
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How difficult is the switch from flat to drop bar?

I've ridden with flat bars for more than 10 years, both freeride and commuting. Now I'm considering switching to a road bike with a drop bar for commuting. I went to a shop and tried a couple of such ...
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Best setup for lightweight cycle touring with Ti road bike

Should I use rack or trailer? Touring would be B & B normally, but might involve some minimal-gear camping (no cooking) occasionally. If a rack - what type is best? - there are no braze-ons for a ...
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Scott S30 road bike 11speed with 10 speed compatibility

I have a Scott S30 bike currently running a shimano 105 2x10 speed 50-34 crankset, shimano 105 10 speed front shifter and 10 speed cassete and chain. I have a new crank that i want to install, the ...
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Praxis Bottom Bracket Performance on BB30 Frame

I'm looking at upgrading the crank (stock FSA to Force 22) and getting a Praxis BB for my Cannondale CAAD10 BB30 frame. http://www.praxiscycles.com/product/conv-bb-sramgxp-isis-2/ It seems like ...
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Should I get wider tyres/tires for my tour if I'm not going to go off-road?

I'm going to do a ten-day long tour down the west coast of New Zealand. I'll have some luggage in rear panniers, but no tent (staying with friends and in backpackers accommodation). There'll be a fair ...
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Bottom Bracket Press fit to a square taper

I like to use my old Campagnolo crank on a new road bike frame. The frame has already a Pressfit BB71-41A installed. The crank needs a sqaure tape. Is it possible to use the crank with a adapter or do ...
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Is rotating seat post 180 degrees to get a tri position a good idea?

So I'm in the process of converting my road bike to a tri bike as much as possible. I would like to push the seat saddle a little more. So I rotated the post and adjusted the saddle as in the picture ...
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Trying to figure out the Brand/Make of this bicycle?

Got this from a friend hand-me-down style. Got some work to do on it to make her roadworthy. But it's been painted, and I can't see a logo or name on it anywhere. Steel Metal Frame. That's about all ...
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How do I pack a road wheel for shipping?

I need to ship a rear wheel back to the manufacturer for a warranty issue (Mavic). I'm wondering what the best, most secure way to package it is so that there can be no refutation that 'it was ...
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Are road caliper brakes usually compatible with any model of lever/STI shifter?

I have a Specialized Allez 16 (2011) road bike with Shimano 2300 STI shifters and no-name brand caliper brakes. The brakes have always felt a bit mushy despite my best efforts at adjustment/replacing ...
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Is it practical to wear motorcycle half helmet for road cycling?

I am considering buying a motorcycle half helmet for cycling. I ride road bike for leisure. I would ride alongside with traffics quite often. First of all, I am looking for more protection. I am ...
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Hydraulic disc brakes - total friction as a function of rotor size

I have a hydraulic disc road bike with a 160mm rotor on the front and a 140mm on the rear. The setup is exactly the same front to rear, except for rotor size. I'd like to know the disparity between ...
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How do I know I should replace the chain? [duplicate]

I have been riding a folding bike in the past. I have never replaced its chain. Recently, I have bought a second handed road bike for $500. I am afraid of the chain breaking suddenly. How do I know ...
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Should I switch to a 13-23T or 12-25T cassette?

I am currently riding a Fuji Sportif 1.5 with original configuration. I am not using clipless pedals currently. The bike come with 50/34T chainrings and a 9-speed 11-32T cassette. I noticed that most ...
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Road bike assembly - required tools

could you please list a COMPLETE list of required tools to assemble a road bike? I purchased a shimano 105 group set and a Chinese carbon road bike frame with a fork. I'd like to put together my first ...
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Peugeot 24" road bike classification

I have in my possession from childhood, an elderly peugeot road bike. Unfortunately I have no photos, but the details I do have are this: 2x7 drivetrain, 24" wheels, yellow frame and bottle mount ...
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Hybrid bike change to road bike

I have a Sirrus Specialized road bike with flat/straight handlebars and a Carrera TDF 2014 edition. As much as I like it, I must say that I prefer the Siruss' frame. It's light and aero. I want to ...
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Help altering old Marin MTB to an In-town pavement cruiser?

I have an old Marin Bobcat Trail MTB with 26" wheels. I want to make a road bike out of it, and don't want to spend a bunch of money. I just want to be able to go fast and coast for awhile, so I don't ...
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fixie brake lever

I've got a bit of a dilemma with regards to brakes on my fixed wheel bike. Currently I've got both brakes on, as standard road levers on the hoods of the drops, but now I'm running fixed instead of ...
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Cadence and speed monitor on rear wheel?

I'm just wondering if you are able to put the cadence and speed monitors of the polar cs200 on the rear wheel for stationary training?
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Can having a valve too short cause punctures?

I recently got two punctures in two weeks on my rear wheel. I use the carrera tdf with the kenda tyres supplied. The inner tubes I used were both quite short at the valve to the point that I could ...
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Is a 29.5 km/h average speed decent for a 90 km ride (on road) with an elevation of 1200 m?

I have been riding about 150 km a week commuting and on the weekend. I frequently do rides over 80 km. I'm riding a carbon cyclocross (Ridkey x-fire) with slicks. My latest ride was on the ...
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Converting a MTB to a Road Bike

I just bought a new MTB and am planning to change my previous MTB into a Road Bike. How do I do it? What kind of parts do I need to change or add or remove? I am not looking to for a full ...
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Are today's bikes “better” than a few decades ago?

I'm looking to buy a road bike for commuting. There is a guy near me who finds older road bikes (e.g. from the 80's) and fixes them up. Are there downsides to getting an older bike (assuming it's had ...
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Are all side-pull road bicycle brakes compatible?

I'm new to road bikes, but have been building mountain bikes for many years. I purchased a cheap road bike (at BSO price level) which I am upgrading for fun. I'd like to upgrade the brakes to ...
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What defines a “compact” road bike?

I've been reading a lot about road bikes and looking at the differences between bikes called "compacts" but I don't see much consistency. I've read that compact road bikes have different gearing and ...
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Does riding a cyclo cross bike carry a large aerodynamic penalty when compared to a road bike?

During club rides I find myself getting dropped by riders with the same weight and power but the main difference is that they are riding road bikes and I am on a cyclo cross bike (with road tyres and ...
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1st road bike; wary of no-name parts? [closed]

About to buy my first road bike. I keep things for a long time, so won't be upgrading the frame in 2 years. I will ride 2-3 time weekly, 15-40 miles each time. I'm deciding among three options: ...