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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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 ...
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Using Loctite for integrated head set and bottom bracket installation

I'm in the process of building up a new bike from scratch. Since the last time I have done this many things have changed, reading varios forums and watching numberless videos on YouTube have not ...
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Tri bike or track bike?

I am in the verge of buying an Argon18 E-114. Can anyone please advise me as to whether it is a track or a triathlon bike? Looking at the hub spacing on the rear and the bb height it seems to be a ...
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How much is a Trek Alpha aluminium 58cm road bike worth? [closed]

Someone sold me a Trek road bike for $200. The bike says Alpha Aluminium on the frame and the front forks say Bontrager. I tried looking it up on the internet but didn't have much luck. I'm looking ...
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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 it worth it to reverse the wrap direction of handlebar tape at the brake levers?

The Park Tool Handlebar Tape Installation guide suggests that the direction of wrapping can be either self tightening or prone to loosening. Its basic instructions make the tape self-tightening on the ...
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Crank axle cracked on 1972 Centurion, looking for guidance on how to replace

As I said, I have a 1972 Centurion. Today while riding I hit a pothole as I was coming down on my left pedal. I immediately felt like my pedal was moving around in ways it shouldn't. Stopping to look, ...
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How does the geometry of cross bikes affect on-road handling?

I'm planning on getting a cyclocross bike for commuting because my road bike is suboptimal for riding in rain and snow. A bike shop employee told me that cross bikes have worse geometry for riding on ...
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Are road bike seats interchangeable?

I am a beginner to riding on road bikes. A friend has lent me his road bike (Giant) for about 1 month and I want to use it as much as possible before I think about buying my own. The current seat is ...
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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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Single pivot brake with handlebar levers (Resurrecting an old Colnago)

I have an old Colnago I want to resurrect, which after some Google-ing I have discovered is very similar to the bike here (but in blue): I want to replace the drop bar brakes with "standard" brakes ...
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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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Size question. Performance v Comfort

I was checking some bikes on Decathlon (a large sports orientated chain store) and I found this size guide for some of their BTwin bikes. On their chart [pdf] that maps rider measurements to bike ...
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Help altering old Marin MTB to an In-town pavement cruiser?

I have an old Marin Bobcat Trail MTB with 26" wheels. I want to make a road bike out of it, and don't want to spend a bunch of money. I just want to be able to go fast and coast for awhile, so I don't ...
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Difference between road & mountain drivetrain

Basically MTB and road bikes have different brand parts (like deore / XT; Sora / Utegra etc). What are the main differences between the 2 types, that will make it incompatible? Are there things ...
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Another mysterious frame identification

I've got another mystery at my hands. This time this 26.6mm seatpost (although i'm not with a paquimeter on my hands, a 26.8mm one almost fits is), italian thread bb. By scratching the dropouts I ...
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How many lumens (lm) should a front light have?

I need a front bike light for pretty quick night riding on roads beside the town. I found one that has 120lm, 30lux, and 92m shining distance. Is it enough? What parameters should a good front light ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...