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 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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Shimano Nexus Inter-3 internal gear hub stuck in second gear?

The situation My Shimano Nexus Inter-3 internal gear hub is stuck in second gear (it's a 3-gear hub). When I take the external cable housing apart, I can move the pin that goes inside to change gears, ...
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Should I get a performance bike or an endurance bike for 180 km rides?

I want to do the 180 km of cycling in general, that is the 2nd leg of Ironman. I don't have a bicycle, as of now. I am planning to buy a road bike (not the one used for triathlon). People ask me to ...
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Road Shifters, Mountain Rear Derailleur?

I have a road/cyclocross/commuter frame that is currently spec'd with road components - all Shimano 105, with an Ultegra rear derailleur. The cassette (10 spd) tops out at 27 teeth, and the rear ...
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I don't want to be the next Eddy Merckx; Is competitive cycling right for me?

I've been toying with the idea of joining competitive amateur (road) cycling for a while, but am unsure as to if the sport is right for me: I'm in very good shape and enjoy "basic" road cycling as ...
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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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Does cycling make one's knees stronger?

I'm wondering if riding hard strengthens the knee or causes degradation? I exercise regularly and am in solid physical condition. When strength training off of the bike, I do a lot of leg work ...
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I have a few questions about frame repair, seat adjustments, and rims.

My bike is a Trek 1100 Aluminum Frame My bike has a few dings and scratched in the frame, and I want to get rid of them. So I was thinking I could get a powder coat or something ...
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Replacing crankset on early-'70s Motobecane 10-speed

I need a replacement crankset for my Motobecane Nomade 10-speed road bike (early '70s model), but am not quite sure what I even have at the moment and, once I know what I can use to replace it with, I ...
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Validity of UCI motor concerns

In the wake of the seemingly renewed post-race examinations for 'mechanical doping' by the UCI, I was wondering if anyone has experience with the motors in question (like the Vivax Assist - thanks, ...
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Is any major manufacturer working on a 12 speed group?

So, 11 speed groups are great, but as everyone knows, they are old news and manufactures are constantly innovating and upgrading to sell "this year's" new parts. 11 speed has been around for a ...
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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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Mountain Biker wanting to change to cyclo or road? Which one? [closed]

I ride an inexpensive Trek modified mountain bike and I spend some of my ride on the road and some on the canal, which of course is rather flat. Sometimes at the mid point of my ride I will decide to ...
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Considering Cassette Upgrade [duplicate]

I'm considering upgrading from a 9-speed, 12-26 cassette on a 2006 Lemond Alpe D'Huez. I have a triple front chairing with a Shimano 105 groupset, with one exception - an Ultegra rear derailleur. ...
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How does a quill stem without a front bolt work?

Looking at quill stems I noticed this rather curious one and I couldn't imagine how it secured the handlebars without an apparent bolt. Any ideas? more images
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Why is a proper road bike pedal preferred for road bikes?

I've been riding road bikes for a couple of years, but with mountain bike pedals, I've been thinking about switching over to a road bike pedal, but what's the reason? Is the performance improved or is ...
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Period of adaptation between a mountain bike and a road bike

I am a casual rider and I am starting to consider switching from a mountain bike to a road bike. My main concern is that I don't ride enough to adapt to a road bike and thus is not worth the switch. ...
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22 to 11 speed conversion?

I have a bike equipped with a SRAM 22 speed groupset (hydraulic) and was thinking about converting it to a 1x11. I like the simplicity of the 1x11 system and the potential weight savings from removal ...
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Can mountain biking shoes be used with road bikes? What are the pros and cons?

Is there anything wrong with wearing mountain biking shoes (SPD) with a road bike? I find that it makes sense because you can still walk around with them on but you still have the ability to clip in ...
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What tools do I need to carry when riding tubeless?

I'm thinking of getting a pair of tubeless ready wheels for riding on the road. I've never ridden tubeless and was wondering what tools and equipment I need to carry to fix a flat? Normally, while ...
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Can I change my bike's frame?

A failed stealing attempt left my Bianchi Via Nirone 7 road bike with an ugly damage to the frame. The bike is still in place, and it hurts me every time I go to the bike shed. They removed the front ...
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What should I look for when buying a used bicycle?

I'm moving to a city where I can ride a bicycle to the grocery store, coffee shop etc. I want to purchase a decent used bicycle. I'm leaning towards a bike that's in between a "10-speed" or road-bike ...
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Are these steel rims safe?

I recently bought an old Eastman ten-speed. It's got 700x23 tires on steel rims. The walls of both rims bend out slightly, maybe 10 degrees each. I'm not sure if they were built that way, or if ...
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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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How much of a difference does giving blood make to recreational cycling?

I intend to give blood at some point this week at my local community centre. How much of a difference is this going to make to the effort required to keep up my usual pace? Or will the difference be ...
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What is a power meter and why do I need one?

So I've been looking to become a triathlete soon and I'm hearing all this talk about power meters. Now, upon googling I found vague information which is why I came here. Exhibit A. That article gives ...
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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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Why are riders allowed to draft behind cars in Grand Tours?

During one of this week's stages of the Giro d'Italia, Richie Porte 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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Do 16g CO2 cartridges have a shelf life?

I mainly use my road bike during the triathlon season and now that the season is coming back around again, I am finding some old, unused CO2 cartridges from last season (fall). I typically use 16 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...