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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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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Traning for 2x250km in 4,5 months [closed]

Is this possible? The goal is to do this in 3 days - ride 250km one day, then take one day off, and ride 250km again the next day, all on a road bike, with about 2500m of total elevation gain, in 30C ...
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Is there a preferred frame size calculator?

I am buying a new road bike. I have looked online for calculators but I am getting different answers on which frame size I should get. I've got 53 cm on a calculator that only considers inseam height ...
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what makes a good entry level road bike?

I've been riding a mountain bike for years, but I prefer to go longer distances on paved ground, so I think a road bike would be better. When I ask what is a good bike, I don't need brands/models - ...
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Fettling issues - slow shifting rear gears while riding

I've recently had an issue with my gearing, struggling to shift down onto the last few cogs on the cassette. I've got a Shimano Ultegra 6800 groupset, but when I shift whilst riding, I get a "tick-...
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Stainless steel bolts for brake calipers

I'm wanting to replace the bolts used to hold my cantilever brakes on as they've rusted and look pretty terrible on an otherwise clean bike. Is it ok to use stainless (A2-70 or A4-70) for these or ...
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Help me ID this bike

I purchased an old bike and I can't quite find out which brand and model it is. I know it has an Aluminium Kinesis frame , which is pretty light . The bike weights about 9,5kg with the bottle holders ...
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Road bike disc wheel interchangability

This may be a duplicate, but I didn't find an answer: Are road bike disc wheelsets interchangable? For example my cx bike has DT Swiss R24 wheels, could I buy a set of Mavic Ksyrium wheels and fit ...
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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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What is the handlebar size for an old road bike?

I have a 1980 Fuji America 18 speed road bike that needs to have the handlebar replaced. How do I determine the handlebar size? It appears that 26mm is the common size for older road bikes - but I ...
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Pitted rust on frame [duplicate]

Hello I have some small pitts of rust on my 1980 Raleigh royal frame. I don't want to strip the paint and sand blast it are there any non invasive treatments? Some of the chrome surfaces also appear ...
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Should I always ride on the designated bike path?

I just had my first ride last week end and I generally rode pretty much in a defensive way, I always followed the cycle paths, but to be honest I enjoyed much more riding on the street for 2 reasons ...
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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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How can somebody with Type I diabetes keep blood sugar levels acceptable during and after a multi-hour ride?

I recently upgraded my bike to a Merckx EMX1 and started doing some serious riding. I am riding 50–70km(30–45 miles once a week usually including a second cat climb and sometimes one or ...
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Best places to ride in the US [closed]

What are the best places to ride in the USA? (Road and mountain)
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Can I put a rack on a carbon road bike?

I got a carbon-framed Kestrel Talon Road Bike recently but I also want to use it for commuting to and from work and I want a place to put my lock and other stuff on the bike. Is it possible to have a ...
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first road bike [closed]

I want to buy my first road bike. On craigslist I found two bikes that seem good deals, but they are pretty different so I'd like some advice. One is a Klein Quantum, I believe 1990, with Dura-Ace ...
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Is it better to get an entry-level carbon bike or a similarly priced aluminum bike?

I am going to buy my first proper road bike, and I have been comparing entry-level carbon frames with top-level aluminum frames in the same series (Giant Defy). What are the benefits of carbon vs. ...
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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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Is this cracked rear derailleur safe to use

So I've been building up a late 80's steel frame to a modern 11 speed, but still using downtube friction shifters. After doing a few runs up and down my street all felt OK so I decided to take it out ...
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What brand/year/make is this road bike?

This is a mystery frame that I got and built with a lot of spare parts I had. Can someone help we identify it? Also the rims are 700c.
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Is it 'safe' to use a 700 x 47c tyre on a rim with inner width of 15mm?

Looking to upgrade my tyres on an old roadie mash up to something chunkier so I can handle some off road sections on a ride coming up, currently it has a 27 x 1 1/4 front tyre and a 27 x 1 3/8 rear ...
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Is there a specific cyclocross wheel?

If you want some versatility regarding a bike (I have a Fuji sportif) what sort of wheels should I be looking into? I know there is some technicalities regarding road vs cx riding but if the bike can ...
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Best Time to buy new bike? [duplicate]

I have been looking around bikes for a while tried about 10 bikes already and rode about 10 miles on each of them and I think I have come to a conclusion about which one to buy (or did I?) But the ...
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MTB Tyre Safe for Wet Roads

I ride %50 on road, %50 XC. When the roads are wet/rainy the bike dances with me. Thus, i want to change the tyres. What I want is safe (in especially wet/rainy conditions) drive both on-road and ...
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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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Bar diameter for Genesis Croix de fer 20 (2015)

I would like to switch my stem for angle adjustable one and I am having trouble identifying the clamp size for the Gensis, Croix de Fer 20 (2015). I do not see the stem/bar clamp spec listed. There ...
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Is my pump faulty or my tyre?

I have recently bought a Specialized women's road bike and for the last couple of weeks was borrowing my boyfriend's hand pump with no real issues. Last night I finally purchased my own (Topeak ...
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What bike have I bought?

Can anybody help me identify this bike? It's a Claud Butler with Reynolds 531 steel - that's all I know.
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Getting over a downhill phobia

I've been riding seriously/regularly for about a year now, although like the majority of the worlds population I've been on a bike since I was a kid. When I was first starting out I had no real ...
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What kind of crankset to get for this bike?

I have a Schwinn Volare 1300, bought from here. So the pedal on my crank arm came off today, when I tried to screw it back on I noticed that the hole where the screw goes has become smooth and does ...
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How can I tell a bike is safe after a crash?

I was recently in an accident where a car pulled out on me. I hit the car around the front wheel and me and the bike went over the bonnet and landed on the road, the other side of the car. I was ...
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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 anyone help me identify my bike please?

Can anyone help me identify my bike please? It has a slight story attached as it was one of the bikes in the new Lance Armstrong film. It was badged up as a Gazelle TVM (and as far as I can see, re-...
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New bike advice - Singlespeed/fixed, mountain, or road

I'm looking at getting a new bike to replace my current hardtail mtb for commuting about 8 miles a day, plus possible train travel, and longer commutes elsewhere. With a budget of under £400, do I ...
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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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Would a person standing on the top tube damage a carbon fibre road bike?

I was riding my aluminium bike and I met some people who had been trapped in a locked park, so I helped them escape by holding the bike against the fence and letting them stand on the top tube to ...
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Adjust reach on Ultegra ST-6510 levers?

I'd like to adjust the reach (distance from the drop bars to the brake levers) on my Ultegra 6510 levers. The Shimano instructions don't mention the ability to adjust this at all, which seems odd to ...
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Shimano Claris vs 105?

I'm planning to get my first road bike as I have been putting a lot of miles into my hybrid. Did a century last sunday. Altogether I have done around 5k miles on my trek hybrid. So I thought getting a ...
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upgrade my road bike, compatible parts to upgrade in phases?

I received a used road bike that functions, but not well. I completed a triathlon and lots of practice rides, but wanting to upgrade the components. The crankset is ultegra 6500/170m. The shifters ...
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Steel road bike with frame that hides cables

I'm trying to recall the name of a bike maker that I had found while researching steel bikes a few months ago. Their bike had a frame that hid cables. i.e., the frame had holes to run the cables ...
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What features should I look for in a new wheelset?

I am building a custom bike and I can spend $500-$1200 on wheels. What are the best features on a set of road wheels? It would be nice if they were lightweight for climbing but I live on the flats ...
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Are there any parts I should replace on my SCOTT Metrix 20?

I've recently bought the SCOTT Metrix 20. I'm usually having 3 road trips per week of 30 km / 18 miles. My goal is a total of 3500 km / 2200 miles per year. Question: Are there any obviously weak ...
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Shimano Sora 3500 (3x9) and Alivio front derailleur

Please help rebuild my bike :) I have Scott Sub 30 2011 http://www.evanscycles.com/products/scott/sub-30-2011-hybrid-bike-ec025449 and right now I would like to change shifters to Shimano Sora 3500 (...
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Mixed pair of sintered and organic brake pads for disk brakes

I am researching for a new road bike for myself, trying to identify the must-haves from the nice-to-have features. Disk/Disc brakes are on the must-have list, but the descriptions of brake pads are ...
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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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Steer Extender or Carbon Road Fork

I am having neck pains a hour or so into riding, have been told I should try raising the bar height. I have tried adjustable riser stems but cannot get on with them. The only other option is a Steer ...
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Are older road bike parts compatible with newer standards? How do older and newer bikes match up performance wise?

I'm a big mountain biker and looking to get into road biking. However, I don't want to drop $1,500 on a new or relatively new road bike without being sure I'd want to stick with it. Anyway, I found ...
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I've recently bought a 1980 Raleigh Royal I have some questions. (brakes & pannier)

will a 29er rack fit 27x1 1/4 wheels, I've been looking at the axiom streamliner range as the frame has no specific mounts, although it does have an anchor point on the rear dropout. The brakes are ...
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How to prevent loose brake cables with a single pivot side-pull mechanism?

I recently bought a second hand bike and am now tweaking it to my liking. The bike has single pivot side-pull brakes, but it has a straight steering bar with regular brake levers (very similar, if not ...