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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Do rollers ruin tires?

I started using aluminum rollers to ride indoors this winter and noticed streaks left on the tires. I've also seen tires specifically advertised for use with rollers. I'm wondering whether using ...
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Questions about shifting from a new road cyclist

I recently purchased a used bike from my local co-op. I've ridden previously on fixed bikes with straight bars, but this bike is the first one I've owned where I have to shift and use drop handlebars. ...
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Campagnolo brake, closes unsymmetrically

The rear brake of my road bike closes unsymmetrically which results in bad braking performance and the rear wheel is getting pushed to the side. The Video describes the problem best. The arms of the ...
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What Threadless adapter should I use?

I want to replace the quill stem on my Roadbike with a Threadless head post. The measurement shows about .8 inches. Does a 1 inch adapter mean it is converting to a 1 inch diameter or does it mean ...
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Difference between Cyclocross, Touring, and Road Bikes?

My question is "What is the difference between Cyclocross, Touring, and Road Bikes? Also what are their intended uses (their place in the cycle 'community'?)" I have looked at What is the difference ...
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How often should I change road bike tyres?

My road bike has now done 500 miles, but unlike cars, I've no idea how often the tyres should be changed. It's used on normal road conditions. The brow of the tyre is now smooth. How do I know if my ...
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arm and elbow position — sticking out or straight, also pushing or pulling on handlebar

All, I've been riding on the road for 20 years, mostly without much discomfort. But for the past 2 years I've ridden only MTB. I recently had a professional road fit done where my position was ...
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Should I dispose of my cheap bike or is it worthy to keep? [closed]

I was given a bike that cost £150. How can I tell if this bike is rubbish or not?
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557 views

Am I too tall to bother modifying my old trek?

I bought an old Trek 500 series road bike a couple months ago and have put love and parts into it but it's just too damn small for me (I'm 6'4"). All the post adjustments are at their safest limits. ...
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Road shifter to Mountain Bike derailleur compatibility (Example: SRAM x7)

I am wondering what's involved in switching out Mountain Bike (MTB) shifters to integrated road shifters while keeping the rest of the MTB drivetrain (derailleurs, cassette, etc.) unmodified. Note ...
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What's this mark on my chainstay?

I was cleaning my road bike (cannondale supersix evo) and noticed a marking on my chainstay and I'm not sure what it is. Scratching it is a little rough compared to the carbon around it. This was not ...
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What is “crank preload”

I'm in the middle of swapping my BB30 cranks from stock FSA Gossamer to a (shorter length) SRAM BB30 "IA" S950. The S950 has a "crank preload" adjuster on the NDS which the spindle is also attached ...
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Hybrid, touring, or road bike for new commuter?

I live in Los Angeles and have a 2hr commute to UC Irvine by train with bus connections on either side. After doing this for a year, I am looking to start bike commuting to and from the train stations ...
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can down tube shifters be used with a gear set of 21 gears? (3x7)

I have two bikes - one a vintage 12 speed with down tube shifters - the other a twist shift gear conversion with 21 set shimano gears. I want to put the 21 gear set on the intage road bike - can I ...
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Long Quill Stem?

I picked up a used mid 1990s Serotta Colorado CSI (lugged steel) bike. It is a size 54L which in Serottas from that era means it has a 54 seat tube but a 55 top tube. The size was not intentional, it ...
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Is it possible to fit twist grip gears on vintage drop down handlebars?

I have a bit of a Frankenstein bike made from odd parts and it has straight handlebars with twist grip gears fitted to an old road bike style frame. I hate the straight bars but love the twist grip - ...
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Are curved aluminum forks safe?

This is an entry-level road bike made by "Upland", a Chinese company. That fork is aluminum. You usually only see steel (and sometimes carbon) forks curved like that. The only reason you would ...
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Last grand tour won on aluminum?

What was the last grand tour won on an aluminum frame? Also, any details about the bike itself and the rider would be appreciated.
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Advantages of mounting bottle under frame

I'm wondering if there are any advantages to mounting ones water-bottle on the bottom of the down tube, near the ground, versus on top of the tube. I'm mainly interested in the advantages, or lack ...
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Safe to ride with Kenda 27 x 1/38 inch studded tires in snow/ice?

I currently have Kenda 27 x 1 3/8 inch tires on my road bike. I live in a snowy, icy city and am a bike commuter in warmer months. I would like to occasionally commute this winter. I am wondering ...
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How do I efficiently shift gears on a road bike with downtube shifters?

I have bought a vintage Campagnolo road bike, so the shifters are on the down tube. I own a mountain bike and i am used to changing gears on that one, but don't know the proper technique to change on ...
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Specialized Allez - Upgrade to Carbon Seatpost for Long Distance Comfort?

A bit of background: I've been riding a stock 2012 Specialized Allez since I bought it (in 2012). I am a larger guy (105 kg), and tend to go for rides in the 50-100+ km range. No matter what I wear ...
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Tire popping out of rim when inflating tube

This is very similar to this question. When I fill my tubes up to about 85 psi the tire pops off the rim and the tub gets caught on the rim and blows up. I have gone through 4 tubes in two days at ...
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Indoor trainer suitible for sprinting

Are there any types of indoor trainers that are suitable for training sprints insofar as they allow the rider to tilt the bike to get leverage as one would when sprinting on the road?
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Ease of servicing brifters

How easy are "brifters" (e.g. Shimano Total Integration or Campagnolo ErgoPower) to maintain and adjust as a hobby cyclist at home?-- Although quite a lot of road bikes have them (including even light ...
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How can I increase my speed on my hybrid bike?

I have a Specialized hybrid bike, and when I'm out biking with friends who are on road bikes, I'm always lagging behind. Besides just plain getting better at biking, which of the following would make ...
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Spokes loose on a new wheel, is this expected or a bad build?

So a couple of months ago, I bought a new front wheel from the local bike shop. It's a 28 spoke wheel, rims are the DT Swiss RR465 and the hub is a 240s. I put 500-600 km on it and noticed a rattle ...
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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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Bike bag options for commuting to and from Airport

I've got a quick trip later in the year to Italy and I'm considering biking on my full sized road bike to/from the airport at both ends of the trip. I'll have my trusty Chrome Industries Rolltop 37 ...
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Rear wheel needed

Rear wheel needed for women's 2014 Scattante road bike with the following details: Front wheel- Alex Rims A Class AKX R3.0 700C Road Wheel 28 Alloy Black, stainless 14 gauge spokes. Cassette- Shimano ...
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do you think fixie can beat gear/non-fixie bikes?should i buy new bike? [closed]

i have hero hawk(road bike) which is 10 years old do you think i can beat non fixie bike with this or should i buy new bike? do you recommend fixie or non-fixie bikes?
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How to equip a bike to avoid parts being stolen [duplicate]

I'm looking for a bike (road bike) in Paris, to move around and avoid train and subways. The only thing that I don't want, is to see my bike stolen a week after I bought it. What are the good ideas ...
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What is the name of the manufacturer of this Chinese made bicycle?

I have a Trac (no 'k') Forever 200 bicycle from China (complete with Chinese writing on it). Any idea who the manufacturer is? Is this bike common in China? I can't find anything online about them. ...
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what does a 22 gear bike look like?

I read that road bikes on average have around 22 gears and mountain bikes up to 30-40. But my hybrid only has gears numbered 1-3 on the left hand and gears numbered 1-8 on the right, so my bike's a 8 ...
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Should I put my wider tire in front or in back?

My used bike came with a 700x28 tire in front and a 700x23 tire in back. Should I leave the wider tire in front, or should I switch the tires? What benefits or drawbacks are there one way or the ...
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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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Is my dream of finding a light/commuter/hauling bike a pipe dream?

For a while now I have been trying to find the perfect bike. One that is fast and allows me to ride 20 mph for 50 mi. One that I can load stuff on and has braze-ons for racks, fenders, etc. A bike ...
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Which road shifters will work with Shimano Deore (M)610 Groupset?

I'd like to get the Shimano Deore 610 Groupset 3x10 but want to run drop handlebars with brifters (brakes & shifters combined) but it seems like this is almost impossible... I've been told by one ...
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Are the Shimano BR650 brakes really Ultegra spec?

Many ebay and other online vendors advertise the long-reach Shimano BR-650 brakes as being "Ultegra" series. However, looking at them they don't seem like they are top-of the line or really all that ...
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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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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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Traning for 2x250km in 4,5 months [closed]

Is this possible? The goal is to do this in 3 days - ride 250km one day, then take one day off, and ride 250km again the next day, all on a road bike, with about 2500m of total elevation gain, in 30C ...
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Is there a preferred frame size calculator?

I am buying a new road bike. I have looked online for calculators but I am getting different answers on which frame size I should get. I've got 53 cm on a calculator that only considers inseam height ...
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what makes a good entry level road bike?

I've been riding a mountain bike for years, but I prefer to go longer distances on paved ground, so I think a road bike would be better. When I ask what is a good bike, I don't need brands/models - ...
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Fettling issues - slow shifting rear gears while riding

I've recently had an issue with my gearing, struggling to shift down onto the last few cogs on the cassette. I've got a Shimano Ultegra 6800 groupset, but when I shift whilst riding, I get a ...
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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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Help me ID this bike

I purchased an old bike and I can't quite find out which brand and model it is. I know it has an Aluminium Kinesis frame , which is pretty light . The bike weights about 9,5kg with the bottle holders ...
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Road bike disc wheel interchangability

This may be a duplicate, but I didn't find an answer: Are road bike disc wheelsets interchangable? For example my cx bike has DT Swiss R24 wheels, could I buy a set of Mavic Ksyrium wheels and fit ...
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Is it worth time to rebuild an old steel frame?

I found an old Favorit racing bike. I didn't weigh it without all the parts but I find it pretty light, and it has a nice classic look. It is however really rusty (superficial damage only). Right now ...
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What is the handlebar size for an old road bike?

I have a 1980 Fuji America 18 speed road bike that needs to have the handlebar replaced. How do I determine the handlebar size? It appears that 26mm is the common size for older road bikes - but I ...