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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Using 9 speed Deore front shifter with 10 speed Ultegra front Deraileur

I am trying to build a bike out of all the spare parts I have in my garage. I found a 3x9 Deore front shifter, 3x10 Ultegra front d and crankset. Would they work together? By the way, I am building a ...
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Road bike rentals in Europe [closed]

I'm going on a holiday to Southern France for road cycling within the Provence region and I'm wondering if I shell out on a bike box and take my own bike or just hire a road bike out there. Does ...
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Road bike for brevets

Until today I've been doing 200km brevets on a trekking bike. It was quite comfortable, there was no ass pain after that, but the average speed was low (24km/h). Also if the wind blew, I had problems ...
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Calibrate Tensiometer

I want to calibrate my Park Tool TM-1 for my weird spokes. I want to build a box with some kind of weight measuring device where a spoke can be put under 1600N of tension. Rumours on other boards say ...
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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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Motorising a bicycle.

Can anyone advise on the best way to motorise a bicycle apart from electric motors? I think I would like to fit a small two stroke engine.
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Winter boots or neoprene covers?

I'm looking at options for new winter footwear and am split between buying new boots (must be look/3 bolt, which seems to constrain options somewhat) or buying covers, specifically the neoprene style ...
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Correct position of brake quick release on Ultegra 6800

I'd like to know wether the brake quick release lever on the Ultegra 6800 can be kept in any intermediate position between completely closed and completely opened when riding.
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New trend of seat stay for road bike?

I have seen quiet a few road bike with a Z-shape seat stay until now, e.g. specialized Roubaix Does it serve any purpose? What's the advantage of this design in comparison to a straight-bar seat ...
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does anyone still make competitive chromoly frames for road biking? [closed]

Chromoly frames can be constructed relatively light if the quality is high enough. Does anyone know of any brands that concentrate on making modern chromoly frames for entry level competitive ...
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Which is better for endurance riding - carbon or aluminum? Or does it really even matter? [closed]

New to this, and I'm on the fence which to buy. Will be training for long distance riding soon. I'm looking at buying Giant brand, but not sure which will be better - carbon or aluminum. Thx!
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When do I need more than one bike? How many bike is enough? How many bikes is too many?

I see questions where people want a bike to commute, road ride, and take on trails. Not one bike will do it all. When do I need more than one bike. How many bikes is enough?
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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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Road bike tires that are ok on sand

I've got an old Trek 1200 road bike circa 1995 with down tube shifters and mostly original components. These days, I mostly ride it on my summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard where most of the riding ...
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Riding Cannondale Synapse on Paris-Roubaix terrain?

I've test ridden the Synapse Sora 7 and love it! Going to buy it! But i've one concern. I'd like to know if I can ride my Synapse on the same terrain as seen along the Paris-Roubaix? I've seen the ...
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How much is a mass production aluminium frame worth? [closed]

There are several entry level bikes under $600. I actually own one, an excellent Felt F95. I was just curious, how much is a frame of such a bicycle worth? In total, what is the cost of a frame in a ...
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What pressure should I run? Front versus the back wheel?

I assume it is common sense you should run a lower pressure in the front wheel versus the back. I weigh 175 lbs, I have tires with max 120 PSI, what PSI should I run in the front and the back tire on ...
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What is ideal for long distance road bike rides 23mm or 25mm tires?

I keep reading that the drop line for 25mm tires is greater. Obviously the 25mm tires have more volume. Do they have fewer pinch flats? Are they more comfortable, because they create less vibration? ...
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What is the spacing for trek 1.1?

I'm trying to find new wheels for my trek 1.1, and I can't find the spacing for the hubs. The wheels I'm looking at have a front spacing of 100mm, and a back spacing of 130mm. Will these fit on my ...
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Chain skipping under increased pedal torque [duplicate]

I read the related post, but my situation is a bit different. Additional background - I installed new 105 shifters and derailleurs two years ago (~5000 miles) along with chain and cassette. I also ...
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Can an imperfect hub make a disc rotor rub?

I had a 160mm disc rotor on a road bike that was rubbing a bit in one spot, not severely, but enough for me to notice. I've tried to true it a few times over the past couple months with little ...
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What is wrong with my Shimano 105 5800 front derailleur?

Background: I've installed a complete new 105 group (this bike is a brand new custom build) on a Civia Hyland frame. The rear wheel has a white industries CLD disc hub for the 11 speed cassettes. ...
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Why are disc brakes rare on road bikes?

Window shopping for road bikes, can't see many that have disc brakes, any reason for this?
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Dropped the Wedge of a quill stem in the head tube

Trying to remove a seized quill stem and did a beginner's mistake of removing the stem bolt. I could not thread back the bolt. Is there a better way to thread back the bolt to the wedge for me to ...
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which is better a sram 11 speed or shimano 10 speed FD with shimano 105 11speed groupset

I have bought an 11 speed shimano 105 groupset, unfortunately the 11 speed FD does not fit my bike (It is an Airnimal Chamelion). Therefore I have a choice of Sram 11 speed FD or Shimano 105 10speed ...
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I am 182 cm tall. Is a road bike with a frame height 54cm good for me? [duplicate]

I have an option to buy a road bike that has the height of the frame 54 cm : ...
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Are carbon hubs a good idea?

I'm beginning to see manufactures making carbon hubs and am wondering if they have the potential to perform better than conventional metal hubs or if they are just a way to save a couple of grams of ...
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How difficult would it be to maintain 17.5 Mph for an hour?

Whats a good target speed to maintain inside a velodrome for an hour? I believe Bradley Wiggins maintained an average speed of around 35 Mph for an hour, how difficult would it be to maintain half ...
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What makes a cassette mountain bike vs. road bike?

I'm in the market for a new cassette for my road bike and I frequently see cassettes listed as mountain bike or road bike. Since they're usually interchangeable and can be used on either type of bike, ...
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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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Old freewheel removal

I have an old rear wheel - I think its from a Raleigh Arena roadbike from the late 70s or early 80s. There are broken spokes that require the sprockets removed to access. I've done this plenty of ...
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Minimum tire pressure for 20 mph (32 kph) turn

I almost wiped out on the morning commute while rounding a corner! I have 700x25mm tires and usually keep them around 90psi. What is the most you've put in your tires (psi) to insure flawless turns? ...
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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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Rear wheel constant bump

my rear wheel has a constant bump whenever I ride . I've done all that came to mind at firs. Deflated and checked the tire , checked the axel for bends , checked the ball bearings , made shure the ...
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Specs for parts on Giant Defy 4 (2013) to decide on upgrades to transfer parts onto another bike

I have a 2013 Giant Defy 4 and a new Montague Urban(UK)/Crosstown(USA) folding 21" 700c. I'd like to make the Montague better for the occasional uphill commute home I do when I don't have access to a ...
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How do I tell if a used bike (craigslist) is worth it? [duplicate]

So there are always a lot of sales going on on craigslist / ebay / etc. How do I tell if what they are selling is worth it? I don't really know the difference between a $500 bike and $1500 bike. I ...
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Training Advice for Road Cycling

I'm trying to get into cycling. I have a Forme Longcliffe 3.0 2013 and shoes and cleats. I want to get quicker and build my endurance. I do 6 miles (10 km) in 22:51 and average 15.4 mph (26 kph). ...
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Would Putting BMX Bike Brakes on my Road Bike be Ok?

I am a bit of a bigger guy (260lbs) and I'm not too confident with riding my bike at higher speeds just yet. Mainly because I feel as though my brakes, (Stock V brakes that came with my Specialized ...
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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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Which option; cx bike or mtb and road bike? [closed]

I've done my research and i've narrowed it down to 2 options for me Option 1: buy a low-end cyclocross bike for $1200 or Option 2: buy a low-end road bike for $800 and a low-end mountain bike for ...
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Can fresh hot asphalt damage slicks?

Today I was riding with my road bike when I suddenly hit a patch of hot asphalt. The day before the one side of the road was already filled with a hard first load, so I didn't think much of riding ...
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It it impolite to “informally” join or draft a group of cyclists?

On a recent Sunday ride on a country road, I was slowly overtaken by a group of (5) guys on carbon-fiber road bikes. They were "proper" road cyclists, if you know what I mean. When they passed me, I ...
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Why are my wrists the first part of my body to start aching during a long ride?

Most riders seem to say it's their groin, neck or lower back that starts hurting first after a decent distance has been ridden. For me it is my wrists. I have no history of wrist pain (strains, ...
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How far can one cycle without food? [closed]

What is the furthest anyone has cycled without food in an official race setting?
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Mountain vs Road

I mountain bike on a hardtail I got about 3 months ago. I love it, but am wondering If road bike is a good investment as far as training. I want to take things beyond just mountain biking a handful of ...
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Giant Defy 2 Bottom Bracket

I'm considering upgrading to an Ultegra groupset, found a very good price online, but I do not know what bottom bracket is in my bike. I have a 2015 Giant Defy 2, aluminum frame, and to me, this looks ...
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Is there a way to rest at an intersection without (partially) dismounting the bike? [duplicate]

I have seen this done, and it probably has a name or another way of describing it that I have not thought of, but I cannot find information about it on the internet. When stopped at an intersection, ...
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Roof-top bike rack crash [closed]

Over the week-end my bike suffered a bike crash while on a roof-top rack. On a whim, the driver decided to go through an underground parking lot, everything happened so fast, I did not have time to ...
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What model is this Bottecchia bike?

I'm trying to find a decent racing bike for my next triathlon (on the cheap). I saw this bike on Craigslist with no information about the model or features. Can anyone help me figure out what bike ...