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 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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Do skilled cyclists really “use the front brake alone probably 95% of the time”?

Sheldon Brown's Braking and Turning Your Bicycle page states that: Skilled cyclists use the front brake alone probably 95% of the time and "Generally I advise against using both brakes at ...
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Road Bike £600 or under [closed]

I've been serious about riding for the last year however have taken a while to save up. I want a bike that I can rely on. I ride on average 7/8 hours a session. I'm 20 year old male and 182cm.
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Where can I purchase/download UCI Pro Tour/pro cycling race footage? [closed]

I love watching old races - they're especially great for long sessions on the trainer. However, I can find only a few stages/races on Youtube, and most of the videos are simply highlights. Where might ...
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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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Replacing rear hub, beginners advice required

I have a Trek 1.5 2011 compact road bike that I abused a bit too much over winter. The rear hub has quite a lot of sideways play on it and I am buying the tools needed to hopefully fix this. My ...
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Thinking of upgrading my brakes to these, is there an issue with “mushy” braking?

I want to get these in combination with new levers for my bike, but under the description it says: "Use of these calipers with standard SLR enabled STI and brake levers results in a "mushy" brake ...
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How can I evaluate a used road bike i intend to buy?

I intend to buy a used road bike, but don't know anything about bikes. So how can I buy a good one with a reasonable price? How can I evaluate the one I intend to buy? Thank you
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What are the original components to a 1953 Schwinn Paramount?

I have a 1953 Schwinn Paramount that I inherited and have been riding as my daily commuter. I think most everything is original, but am not sure. Where can I find out what the original components ...
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How can you speed a road-bike up?

So, I have an 80's raleigh bike, reassembled from spare parts. I'm wondering what the best way to get more speed out of the bike is. Wheels? Gears? Lighter gear? Different pedals? I'm rather fond ...
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How is cornering on the road different than cornering on dirt?

The general advice about cornering is to lean the bike, not the body, to put pressure on the outside foot, and not to brake or brake only with the rear brake if absolutely needed. --me There ...
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What is a good bike for college?

I'm looking for a good bike for college. I need to be able to go across paved roads, brick roads, cut across grass- and possibly jump down 5-6 stairs. This video is from the school I plan to attend: ...
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How wide of tires can I run on a Victory Vision road bicycle?

I'm new to road bicycles, sorry if this question is beat to death. What I'm wondering is what to measure as far as frame clearance, rim width, etc. to put the 'widest tires that will fit' on my road ...
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Repeat Punctures

I was cycling home today and I got a puncture a few minutes in where the air slowly drained rather than instant rim to concrete! Fitted a new tube and 10 minutes further down, exact same issue. ...
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Loud free hub suddenly become quiet

I have a fulcrum racing 5 evo which has a loud free hub (like other campy) for about 5 years now. I like the loud noise when coasting because I don't need to put a bell on the bike. On my last ride, I ...
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Quiet Components/Configurations

Phrased towards someone looking to purchase a new commuter bike, I prioritize a quiet smooth ride when possible. One of my past issues is that bikes are often great on the test ride but pretty ...
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What are the benefits of 700c23 tires?

23s come on almost all new road bikes, and tire selection is much better for 23s than other tire sizes at most shops. The benefits of 25s and 28s are a better ride, more traction, and are more flat ...
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Fixing damage to brake rim surface

somehow the alloy braking surface of my rear wheel's rim has got a series of quite shallow lacerations, less than a mil' deep bunched quite closely together (the effected area is no more than 1/8 of ...
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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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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 cost efficient to Convert a Huffy Mens mountain bike to a road bike like the one I rented at Orange Peel in CO?

While on vacation in Steamboat Springs CO I fell in love with a road or trail bike I rented and so did my family. We road for miles on a trail and it was great. I want to convert the mountain type ...
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Cyclocross frame size vs. road bike frame size

I'm in the market for a used cyclocross bike to use as a winter bike, and so I've been browsing craigslist. I generally ride a 56-58 cm road bike frame, so I turned down an otherwise good deal ...
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What are good bicycle review and comparison sites? [closed]

I'm thinking of buying a new road bike on the new year but I'm unsure which model to go for. Are there any websites that maintain comparisons of currently available models?
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Buying a bicycle [closed]

I'm looking for a bicycle to commute to work (<2 miles), do groceries (~2-3 miles), go to school (~8 miles). Would this be a good bike for that? (one of the cheapest bikes on bikesdirect.com)
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What to upgrade on a Raleigh MV7? 20"

I am undecided to upgrade the BB and crank or change a wheelset. Any advice on what might help me spend less effort pedaling? I actually find a steel 26" MTB easier to pedal.
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Spokes keep breaking - bad hub or bad build?

Background information A bit of background information (I'll try keep it brief): Last year I bought an old but unused bike, 5 speeds with internal gearing. Apparently the shop bought a lot of bikes ...
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Will this Retrospec Siddhartha bike suit my needs? [closed]

This is my first question on here so please take it easy :) I will be relocating to Surrey (UK) in 2 weeks due to being offered a new job (as a software developer) and I am thinking of (finally) ...
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What is the simplest way to lower the gearing on my touring bike?

I have a 2004 Jamis Aurora with a 52/42/30 triple and an 11-32 cassette in the back. 30x32 (25.3 gear inches) being the lowest gear is frustrating for the hilly terrain where I live (e.g., 7% grade ...
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How to achieve a tighter turning radius?

I'm having trouble making the rather tight turns on one of the tracks I ride on. I am already leaning inward while I'm turning, but very often either I still can't turn sharply enough, or I lean too ...
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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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Can a long stem be used safely with a short head tube?

I picked up a 91 Rb-1 50cm down tube and 53cm top tube but the reach is a little short. A new stem was my best option so I picked one up. the height of the stem seems too long visually for the head ...
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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?
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How do I remove a quill stem?

(I recently got an old Favorit road bike (made in Czechoslovakia) and started restoring it. In order to give the frame a new coat of paint, I need to strip it down from everything.) I'm stuck with the ...
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Upgrading road and cyclocross bike with a single carbon cross bike

I have the potential opportunity to buy a full carbon cross bike (fairly new Specialized Crux Pro, specs say around 17 pounds; not sure what it would be with pedals, etc.). I currently own (a mtn bike ...
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What is the difference between cheap and less cheap road bikes?

I am new to road biking. I have ridden mountain bike in school and have been away from biking for about 5 years now. Looking around online tells me that three categories (in terms of price): Some ...
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Is a 51cm frame road bike the correct size for someone almost 6ft?

Looking for some advice on my first road bike. I've had my eye on a Carerra Virtuoso for about 6 months now, they haven't budged from £350, however I've just spotted one on ebay second hand. None of ...
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Is there a way to check for non-visible damage on a carbon frame?

I had an accident on my carbon road bike. As I look at it, I do not see visible damage to the frame or forks. Is there a way that the frame can be tested for damage and if so, how do I get this ...
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Restoring an old xUSSR bicycle for commuting… Feasible? Silly?

I've got a very old bicycle from the xUSSR days in my garage (outside UK atm). I'm not sure what year / model it is, to be honest... I've been commuting to work (8.5 miles each way) almost every day ...
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Why are roadies concerned about weight?

I have never ridden a road bicycle, so this question is probably silly (and a duplicate). Still: Assumptions: Road bike Riding fast, 30km/h nominal Few and gradual corners No abrupt stops (i.e. no ...
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What Are the Widths of Shimano 8, 9, and 10 Speed Cassettes?

I was hoping that someone could provide me with the precise Shimano road-bike 8, 9, and 10 speed sizes for the following: Cassette Spacer Width Cog/Tooth Width Maximum Chain Width
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Tips to Alleviate Hand Soreness

I've recently switched from a hybrid with straight bars to a touring bike with conventional drop bars. My commute is just over 5km, and my palms have been getting very sore just below my thumb. My ...
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What pressure should I run my Road Bike tyres at?

There's a question for mountain bike tyres but I can't seem to find anything on here for road bikes. At the moment I'm running at around 90psi. Is that too much? too little? Also, am I more likely to ...
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loose brake calipers

I have some dia compa ac 500 brakes on an old road bike. While the calipers are installed on the bike, with everything tightened, I can move (rotate) the calipers side to side with my hand. I've ...
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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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Are all skewers compatible with all bikes?

I'm switching from a 1999 Rock Hopper mountain bike to a new Jamis Aurora road bike. I want to move my cheapy security skewers over to the new bike, but they look a bit different from the skewers the ...
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Road bike getting punctured often on poor roads [duplicate]

I brought my road bike to Mumbai where the roads are pretty bad (lots of potholes, gravel...), I've been getting a puncture roughly every 2 weeks. The tires are about 6 months old. They are a bit worn ...
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difference in aero bar design

I see that there are many types of aero bars, i.e., different designs. I am going to buy one but I am not sure which one is better. Here are two types of aero bar designs: Type1 Type2 The ...
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What defines a “compact” road bike?

I've been reading a lot about road bikes and looking at the differences between bikes called "compacts" but I don't see much consistency. I've read that compact road bikes have different gearing and ...
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Why do some road bikes cost more than motorbikes? Are they grossly overpriced?

I have seen quite some carbon fiber bikes that cost upwards of $4000. Why do these bikes cost so much when one can get a very good motorbike for $3000? A motorbike comes equipped with several ...
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How long should a road tyre hold its pressure?

How long should a road tyre be able to maintain a pressure of around 100psi, and what factors are likely to reduce this time? Background: My tyre pressures are consistently dropping to around 60psi ...