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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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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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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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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What are the benefits of external bottom brackets?

Pretty soon, I plan to replace the bottom bracket on my early 90's Sakae Litage road bike. It takes a standard, English-threaded bottom bracket. Right now I think it contains loose bearings--I was ...
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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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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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Most Crucial Gear/ Accessories for a (Road) Cycling Beginner?

Some background information on myself before I get to the question: I've decided to get in to cycling both as a hobby and because I need the activity. (Though I'm honestly driven more by the former - ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why are the rear wheels of Time Trial Bikes disc shaped rather than having spokes?

Won't having disk shaped wheels cause more wind resistance with crosswinds? What are the benefits of having these sort of wheels?
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Bike fitting in the UK

As an keen but casual touring cyclist I'm interested in getting a little more competitive and also keeping myself comfortable over longer distances. So I'm considering getting professionally fitted, ...
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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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Picking a bike for a cyclist new to riding on the road?

I've gone a few years without riding at all, and I'm getting back into cycling to improve my fitness. I've typically ridden light mountain bike trails in the past. I want buy a new/second-hand road ...
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Derailleur guard on road bikes?

I live in an area with lots of debris, dodgy paving, and rain, and to make matters worse, I fall down sometimes (I know!). The main things that get damaged, of course, are the brake handles and the ...
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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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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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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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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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What kind of bike is this

Good day. Need help regarding a bike I found. No idea what kind of bike it is, does it have value or not, and could I have it restored with its current condition? Any idea/information about this bike ...
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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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Buy Time-Trial bIke or convert road bike

I have started doing triathlons but don't want to invest in a Time-Trial bike until later. What are the problems with converting a road bike to a Time-Trial bike?
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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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Why does my gear slip when going uphill / standing?

I have a road bike that I use to commute ~6 miles to work every day. Some of the portions of the ride are at a steep incline, and I've noticed that when I get up to stand on some of these hills, my ...
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Is it worth buying a second hand classic road bike for commuting?

I am looking for a substitute for my commuting bike. It is a cheap second hand general store bike. It do the job but just don't worth keep maintaining. But at same time I have to keep my bike outside ...
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What purpose do the rubber 'hairs' have on new tyres?

Up close you can see at least three 'hairs' of rubber from this picture from the side of my tyre: Why do they exist? I've heard they are just a bi-product of the manufacturing process.
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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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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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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-...
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What is a good daytime nutrition plan for evening racing

I've joined a local road racing league, it's lots of fun. I'm pushing myself and breaking lots of PBs in the process of trying not to get dropped (which I inevitably do). As well as the craft of ...
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How to prevent drafting?

I am engaging in a friendly race with a co-worker. He has told me he plans on drafting behind me most of the race to save energy. I want to make it hard for him(without doing anything mean ...
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Switching to touring bicycle: Performance considerations

I'm using a road bike more than 2 years for holiday tours and commuting. Merida Scultura 903 Shimano Tiagra groupset (50-34, 12-28) 8-9 kg 700x23 tyres Now i have plans to switch to touring ...
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How to remove pedal bolt with round, smooth head

I'm trying to take the reflector off of some old French track pedals but can't remove one of the bolts holding the reflector on because the bolt holding the reflector onto the pedal rotates with its ...
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Removing a rear wheel of a town bike

I'm a beginner in repairing bicycles. I have quite an old town bike. I'm trying to change the tires. I have trouble in taking out the back wheel. As you can see in the picture, there is a small piece ...
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Are Shimano 10 speeds going away?

My LBS claims that Shimano's 10 speed groups are going away forever. They told me that if I don't upgrade to 11 speed that my next replacement will cost me an arm and a leg because 10 speed components ...
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How do people ride road bikes without fenders?

I want to buy a bike. The road bikes look very gorgeous. However I noticed that they come without fenders to protect from water! I was really surprised for that actually and that made me wonder about ...
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Chain skipping mid cassette after a clean

I have cleaned my chain and gears with rubbing alcohol and towels. Afterwards, I applied some chain lube on the chain. Now, when under a lot of torque, the chain skips and slips mid-cassette. Low ...
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Road Front Derailleur / Shifter Tuning

I've recently converted into 2spd crankset so I've bought a new 2spd road lever. I'm really struggling now to tune the front derailleur. Could you please assist me by answering this questions: Why ...
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Enquiry on SPD and SPD-SL

I am new to road bikes. My pedals are 2010 shimano 105 - SPD-SL Can spd shoes with spd cleats be used on spd-sl pedals?
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Minimum tire width to avoid snake bite

I have a road bike with 22mm tires. They are super fast, but I get them punctured a lot. I have decided to switch to wider tires to avoid snake bites, and I was wondering what would be the minimum ...
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Am I ready for 300km?

I've heard that once you've ridden 200km, the bigger distances are just about proper nutrition and hydration. Is this true? I want to know if I'm ready for a bit hilly 300km, if my current max is ...
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Increasing stamina while in the office

I started to bike again after 3 or more months of hiatus. I'm currently using a XXS Merida Scultura 300 (I previously used a Trinx R300 needed to upgrade because of the wrong geometry). Thing is I ...
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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 not ...
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How do on-road mountain bike speeds translate to road bike speeds?

When cycling on roads on my mountain bike, I generally get around 10-12 miles per hour on a flat surface. What sort of speeds can I expect to get on a road bike?