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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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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Is it a good idea to get a narrower front tire and a wider rear tire on a road bike?

I am currently running Continental Grand Prix S 4000 in 23-622 / 700x23C front and rear. I am about to buy a new set of tires for my road bike and am fancying a smaller tire for the front and a wider ...
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Are road tyres suitable for any off-road riding at all?

I'm looking to buy a bike for my commute - 6 miles a day. The commute itself is all on roads, so naturally I'm looking at road bikes. My main worry is that if I invest in such a bike I won't be able ...
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Is it possible to estimate road grade while riding?

It would be nice to be able to estimate the grade of a road while riding, even if the estimate is not completely accurate. With a GPS, in theory it should be possible in theory to ride a short ...
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Cyclocross bike as fast as a roadbike?

Next year i would like to commute by bicycle. I need to buy a new bike, but i don't know if to buy a roadbike or a cyclocross bike. I live in a more rural area where not every road is tarred perfectly ...
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What road bike tire pressure is best for speed?

Is the maximum tire pressure always the fastest on a road bike? I've seen the Michelin chart on tire pressure from another question ("What pressure should I run my Road Bike tyres at?"), but they ...
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Would the seating position of a road bike cause issues with prescription glasses

I currently use a mountain bike to commute to work but I am keen to switch to a bike more suited to commuting. I have been looking at road and cyclecross bikes but I am concerned the more horizontal ...
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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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What is this device on all the Tour de France riders' bikes?

What is the device behind the saddle on all the riders' bikes in the 2015 tour? I'm seeing it on almost every bike. It looks standardized and electronic.
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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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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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What should I look for in a cycling jersey?

Time has come to refresh the wardrobe a little, and the old woollen cycling jerseys need some young blood to compete against. What should I be looking for in a modern cycling top? Is lycra used ...
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What should I consider when choosing a bike frame?

In thinking about building a road bike from scratch, what should I consider when choosing a frame? I'll be building from all new components and plan on just doing day rides of a few hours a piece, ...
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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 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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Benefits of newer racer bikes over older ones?

10 Years ago, when I was 14, I got my first road bike. It costed around 1000 € (~1350$), and I have been using it every year. I have cycled at least 1.000 km every season. Now, I have started to ask ...
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Good idea to commute with a road bike and keep it outside?

So I finally want to upgrade from my 1980 Schwinn World Sport 10-speed with suicide shifters to something more modern. I will be working in Texas this summer and want to commute to work, but I ...
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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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What should a big guy look for when buying a road bike?

I'm 6ft 4" (1.8m) and 22st (139kg). I do a fair bit of cycling, mainly spinning and mountain biking. I would like to get into road riding so I'm looking to buy a road bike. I want to spend between ...
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What are the absolute essentials a cyclist should own? [closed]

Context: My bike shop includes free servicing as a standard with a new bike. I don't need such thing and live too far away. In lieu of waiver I can get €100 of stuff from the shop. Best bike problem ...
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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 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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How can I tell if a bike is too big for me?

Today I disassembled my current fixed-gear, and reassembled all the parts in another frame, which I am considering to purchase. The current owner of the frame warned me that it might be too big for ...
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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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Flying with your bike

I am going away on a cycling holiday to the Alps and need to take my bike on the plane with me. Has anyone had experience taking bikes on planes and how did you protect your bike? Can anyone ...
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How to select an inexpensive road bike for a heavier rider?

I want to start riding a bike from home to work so I need to buy a bike. I don't want to spend a lot on the bike and also I'm not interested in bikes that Target and Walmart sells. I want something ...
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How can I bike in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada?

I've seen posts here about winter cycling, but I live in Winnipeg, where the weather drops to -50C (-58F) and we experience gale force winds. How can I bike in these conditions?
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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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Proper Posture on a flat bar road bike

I've been commuting on a flat bar road bike for a couple of years now. The ride feels comfortable but whenever I see myself riding I always think my posture is wonky. Is there a guide somewhere or ...
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What is the purpose of the 'tire guide' screws on shimano brakes

On Shimano Ultegra and Dura-ace brake calipers there are round-head slot screws in the lower section of the brake pad holder. In the BR-6600 spare parts catalogues they are labeled as 'tire guide' ...
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New road bike comes with cryptic tag on the brake/shift lever

I just got myself a B'twin Triban 500; this is my first road bike, and my second bike overall, so it's fair to assume I'm as newbie as can be. The brake levers came with the following sticker, and ...
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Who has right of way at a staggered crossroad

I live in Manchester, United Kingdom. I cycle to and from work everyday. On my route there is a staggered crossroad where I have to go straight on. Above is the traffic lighted junction I have to ...
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Why choose a traditional frame over an aerodynamically streamlined frame?

I'm not talking specifically about triathlon frames, just frames which have aerodynamically shaped tubes. As I understand it, both types of frame are legal for road-racing under UCI rules. So, why ...
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To Cold Set or Not To Cold Set?

I have a Trek 620 (Reynolds 531 lugged steel frame) from the mid-80s the rear dropouts are spaced at 126 mm. I'd like to be able to run an 8- or 9-speed cassette and I was wondering about the issues ...
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Knee position while on the aero bar

I find that my knees are coming ahead of the pedals while I am on the aero bars. I am not sure whether this is right or wrong. In the below image, I don't feel pain on my lower back for a long ...
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Improving metabolic efficiency

I'm doing road cycling, on hills, over long distances. Typically at the moment, I'll do two 30-40 mile evening rides in just under 2 hours. Generally either 50ft per mile climb or 100ft per mile ...
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Older Carbon Bike Safety

I have an older Trek 2100 that has carbon fiber tubes with aluminum stays (The frame is used early 90's 2100/2150/2200/2300 road bikes) After a recent accident with a car (going down hill, guy pulls ...
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How much of a difference will I notice going from a Mountain bike to a road bike?

I have a Mountain bike with 1.95 tyres on it. Most of the cycle path I take into work is fairly well paved/asphalted, I'm not going over any dirt tracks or anything like that although there is the odd ...
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What's the purpose of soft pedaling?

Is there any advantage to soft pedaling over coasting? Does it provide any power to moving forward? Is there any aid it gives to your leg muscles recovering?
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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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Hybrid or Road Bike?

I was given a Raleigh Venture comfort bike as a gift a few months ago, and took to riding very well. I am overweight, but dropping quickly. I started at 275 and sit around 250 now after two months of ...
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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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Switching from a mountain bike to a road bike

I will be moving soon because of my work and the new area is not very "mountain bike friendly" as it is very flat and there aren't much hills or mountains around. So I think of buying a road bike to ...
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Fastest sprinter and their top speed?

What is the top speed hit during a sprint on flat ground in a road race by a professional sprinter, say, someone like Cavendish? Is there an official record for this and if so who holds it currently? ...
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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 do I descend faster on the straightaway?

I've heard a lot of advice about descending mountain roads involving cornering and braking. I want to know how to go faster when descending on the long straightaway. Is it worth pedaling at speeds ...
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Looking for orange tyres

I'm looking for a pair of folding, orange training tires, size should be 700x23C. I'd like to have only an orange stripe, not the whole tire. Can you recommend some model?
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Peer pressure in road cycling [closed]

Or how does one fall into the road cyclist prototype. I'm talking mainly technology obssesion, spandex wearing and clipless shoes. I start this thread because since riding in a group, I'm questioning ...
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Carbon 700c Wheels: What does 33/50/60/88 mm refer to?

I've been browsing 700c carbon rims on ebay, and noticed most are listed with the 33/50/60/88/etc mm in the title. What does this represent? It doesn't appear to be spoke/nipple holes. ...