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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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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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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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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Why are my quill pedal cages “wobbling”?

The plates and connectors on my old quill pedals "move around" in relation to the pedal axle itself: In the photo below, I'm pushing the pedals to opposite sides to show how the pedal cage "distorts". ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are Shimano Claris brifters compatible with 90's Shimano 600 parts?

Is Claris backwards compatible with older shimano 600-tricolor? Can i just switch ill working parts with Claris since they are both 8 speed groups?
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Is it fine to use road bikes for daily commute? [closed]

Is it fine to use the montra unplugged 1.1 2015 as a daily commute bike? Aluminium Alloy frame Kenda Koncept tyres, 700x23c
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I wish to put road shifters in my mountain bike…please advise [duplicate]

Is it advisable to flash road shifters and handle on a mountain bike for daily commute? I wish to add nashbar n10 10,speed dual control shifters to my montra rock 1.1 2015 mountain bike.... Please ...
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What are the advantages/Disadvantages to clip and clipless pedals? [duplicate]

I`m fairly new to the sport and I see the people in my town half have clips and the other clipless pedals. Is there any advantage to using clipless competitively or recreationally?
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Maintenance After Riding a Road Bike in the Rain [duplicate]

I have a relatively new road bike but have never ridden it in the rain or anywhere wet. Let's say, it rains one day and gets my bike pretty wet, what steps do I need to take right after the ride to ...
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650b for small rider?

I'm considering getting a bike for my friend; she is interested in riding road/gravel with me, doesn't own a bike of her own, and doesn't know too much about what's available. She is about 5 feet ...
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My chain snapped ,need help [duplicate]

My chain broke today and I want to get a new replacement for it I just don't know what size I need my bike has 3 gears in front and 6 in the back which I'm guessing is an 18 speed and if you can leave ...
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Can I upgrade cassette without replacing rear derailleur?

On my road bike, I have an old 8 speed Shimano 600 Cassette like this: I'm not 100% sure about tooth count on each cog, but I think it's something like: 23, 21, 19,17,15, 14, 13,12 (probably?) I'm ...
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Would a hard tail 29er be a good starter bike for road and light trails?

I can't really figure out what kind of bike I should be getting as a "loaner" bike. I have plenty of friends who want to go for a ride but have no bike, and ever since my last loaner got "borrowed" 2 ...
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Can I use a road bike stem on my mountain bike?

I've got a XC mtb which 1. I'm trying to cut the weight off , 2. I want a bit extra reach. I've got a longer road bike stem made by 'Deda' (I think Planet X)? and I was wondering if it will be strong ...
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Road Bikes: Aero vs. Traditional

On any given race within the pro peloton, the teams whose sponsors offer both aero and traditional frames (BMC, Trek, Canyon, etc) typically have a mix of riders on each style of frame, but the GC ...
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Where can I sell Shop Rags? [closed]

I have 2 boxes of Shop rags sitting in my living room. Each box contains 1000 cotton automotive Shop rags. The rags are brand new still in the box. Shop towels is the product that everyone working ...
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How can I mount a pannier rack on my (carbon fibre) Trek Madone 4.5? [duplicate]

I want to be able to mount a rack on the back of my trek madone but it has no braze-ons and I can't mount a rack to the QR because of a little wall/lip thing surrounds the QR.
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Cycling training - 220km in 4 weeks [duplicate]

I have 4-5 weeks to prepare myself for a one day, 220km ride on a road bike, flat terrain (Germany, Ruhr Valley). This year my max is 70km (I could ride 100km, I'm doing bike rides since 2 weeks ago, ...
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Remove Axle Protector for Shipping

I recently purchased a road bike, and while assembling it I found a piece of plastic to protect the bottom of the fork legs. A mountain biker, I always used different protection for that part and am ...
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Fixie vs Road Bike - the right fixie bike for bunch rides

At our local bunch rides, we're seeing more and more guys out on fixies and they are going at a phenomenal pace. We have a local segment called the "Chicken Run" (and it's flat) and this one guy in an ...
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Kickstarter bike too good to be true? [closed]

the pro version looks to be great with decent components but am I just getting wooed by the video? How do I tell if it would be worth the 2K? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/speedx/speedx-...
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Bicycle frame identify HELP

A few day ago I got this bike from a friend for a restoration. He thinks it's bianchi but I am sure it's not. It has Wienman brakes, simplex derailleurs, 3ttt steam, ofmega hubs and ofmega crankset. ...
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Correct setup of Huret rear derailleur

I've got (what I think is) a Huret Eco rear derailleur which seems to somehow get "stuck" in an "open" position when shifting on the front chainrings, i.e. the return spring somehow stops "working" ...
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Glossary - types of riders [closed]

I'd like to create a terminology index for the types or categories of riders, similar to this question. By types of riders I mean the categories that pro racers are often identified as being part of ...
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How long does it take to ride 1.4 km? [closed]

I guess I'm an average cyclist. I ride my bike if walking takes too long. There's a subway 1.4 km from my house. Google maps says 4 min but I'm not sure. It's all flat. About how long would it take?
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How can I move the saddle further forward?

Recently I bought a clip-on aero bar for my road bike and has been practicing aero position for triathlon. I read that moving the saddle forward could mimic the triathlon bike geometry. However, I ...
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optimum frame size for very small 5'2" female

I have a lady friend who's interested in getting into road cycling. The smallest frame sizes I've seen so far in the market are 48 and, in one instance, a 47. Is this about the most common and/or ...
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When to change road bike

I own this Fuij Roubaix 2008 model road bike, its an aluminium frame with carbon front and rear forks. I already did 25000km on the bike and replaced wheels, chainring, a couple of cassettes, chains ...
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Updating Bike to Road bike

I have a really old bike that hasn't been ridden in dozens of years. Now tho, I want to update it to road bike. It is in really bad condition and because I'm from Eastern Europe, my budget is low. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...