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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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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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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Turbo trainer compared to road / air resistence - Magneto Classic

For reasons I won't bore you with I have been confined to the garage for my training for the last six-seven months. I have been using my road bike on a Cycleops magnetto classic (see: Here) What I ...
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How can I tell what frame model/year this bicycle is? [closed]

There is a bicycle that is locally owned that I want to buy and the only information I have about the bicycle frame from the dealer is that it's just a OCLV 110. With a couple of zoom-ins and ...
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Speed On a Road Bike [closed]

My old (But freakin' awesome) french road bike goes fast, considering that the only times im racing is pretty much against my friends who all have mountain bikes. Needless to say I always win. But I ...
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Looking for the right bike

I have been needing a new bike and I need some help with what kind of bike I should purchase. I plan on riding on mainly paved side walks but when traffic is bad I need it to endure riding over curbs ...
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What Shimano jockey wheels are compatible with my old Shimano 105 9-Speed Derailleur?

I'm in the process of getting my Cannondale CAAD serviced, which I reckon is from about 2006 (I got it second hand). I have had the rear cassette and chain replaced, like for like, but the bike shop ...
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Sizing guide for road bikes vs mountain bikes

i usually take a 21 inch size in mountain bike, but I want to buy a road bike. I'm 6'2'' and have a 34 inch inner leg. How do the sizes translate from mountain bike to road bike? Thanks
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Straight or Drop handlebars?

Can someone explain to me the pros/cons of drop or straight? I've never used drops before and have never owned a good road bike (just cheap mountain bikes) - I am buying a decent single speed soon and ...
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Electronic bicycling ranking for the office cyclists?

in the office many of us cycle to work. We though it would be cool to have ranking of cyclists with different sorting (distance, avg. speed and such). We can track our trips with Android or iPhone ...
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Derailleur Hanger replacement for GTS R5 road bike frame

I'm looking for an online site where I can buy a derailleur hanger replacement for my GTS R5 road frame. The frame is the one in the picture ...
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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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What cleaner and oil should I use on my bike chain

Hope everyone is well. I need to clean and oil my chain as its getting a little clunky when I’m changing gears. I have no idea what I should be cleaning it with and then what I should oil with. Any ...
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Uncomfortable road saddle, how to choose a saddle for my riding?

I have a selle royale laser saddle. Its pretty uncomfortable but not bad for pedalling. I would like to change my city road bike saddle. Does anyone have recommendations, and rules of thumb for ...
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How do I estimate how long it will take me to ride my commute?

How can a cyclist, new to commuting by bike and not all that experienced in riding, estimate how long a commute will take? I have been riding for 4 days to and from work. 156km over over 4 days. I'd ...
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I need help on how to make my bike faster [closed]

Hi Just wanted to ask how to make my bike faster. Do I change the front chainring to a larger one, if so do I have to get a whole new drive train or can I just get another shimano large ring. Can I ...
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Road bike for a 10 day trip in the Pyrenees and French rivera and other questions

I am planning a 10 day trip covering roughly between 500 and 600 kilometers, starting in the Spanish Pyrenees and finishing in Nice. What kind of bike do you recommend me for such a trip? Obviously ...
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What is the most efficient way to ride up or down hills, and into or away from wind?

I'm trying to work out how hard I should push myself when riding up or down a hill. Similarly, how hard should I push myself when riding into, or away from, or perpendicular to wind? My aim is to ...
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What will happen to a roadbike when rode on broken tar?

I am planning to buy a bicycle (either road-bike or MTB). I personally prefer road-bike. I have to travel on broken tar to reach a smooth tar road. On an average I will cycle 200 km per week out of ...
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How many people use their mountain bikes for road riding? [closed]

In March 2012 I purchased a Cannondale Synapse Alloy 6 road bike. I put around 2100 miles on it during the year. This year I'd like to do a bit more mountain biking, but not any real hard-core ...
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Cross tires on a road bike

I want to buy a road bike for commuting, fitness, leisure, etc. and not for professional racing. However, because I live in a "wet" country, I would like to be able to change the tires into cross ...
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Life expectancy of a cycle tube and tire?

Can anyone please let me know the life expectancy (no of km or time period) of a cycle tube and tire? Let us consider different cycles (MTB Hybrid Roadbike) and different terrain (off-road slightly ...
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Solutions for a slightly loose crown race

For a bike I'm building, I had my headset crown race press fitted to my fork crown by my LBS, along with my top and bottom cups into the headtube. The crown race was loose such that I could rotate it ...
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What are some Routes to riding from Los Angeles to San fransisco?

I'm a fixed Gear cyclist and I'm trying to set up a big ride with a group of friends from Los Angeles to San Fransisco. I am aware this is not an easy ride but we are willing to go, but I'm not sure ...
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Extend clearance for a 28mm tire

I tried upgrading to some 28mm but as you can see clearance is very tight. In some spots, the tire doesn't fully clear the brake (Tektro R350). The fork barely has enough clearance. Is it worth ...
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Are today's bikes “better” than a few decades ago?

I'm looking to buy a road bike for commuting. There is a guy near me who finds older road bikes (e.g. from the 80's) and fixes them up. Are there downsides to getting an older bike (assuming it's had ...
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Front Derailleur Not Working

I recently bought a new bike off of BikesDirect. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/wellington2_IX.htm However, no matter what I do, I can't seem to get the front derailleur to do anything. ...
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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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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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Is a custom road frame worthwhile?

I've been riding a Marin San Anselmo hybrid for some 13 years and I'd guess I've done over 7000 miles on it almost exclusively on the road (and it's not my commuting bike). I'm gradually doing more ...
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Bike fitting in the UK

As an keen but casual touring cyclist I'm interested in getting a little more competitive and also keeping myself comfortable over longer distances. So I'm considering getting professionally fitted, ...
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Protocol for downhill cyclist overtaking a car?

Last weekend, I was driving (yes in a car, something I rarely do) down a fairly steep and very curvy mountain road (thus with very poor sight lines/visibility ahead) when I noticed a cyclist in my ...
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How feasible is it to transfer modern (2010) components to a 90s frame (road bike)

My 2010 aluminum frame may be toast (stripped bottom bracket) and I was considering getting an older chro-mo frame and transferring the components to it. It's a racing/sport style with drop bars and ...
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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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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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Trek Domane and undamped motion with Isospeed?

Being a car guy and autocrosser, I'm familiar with suspension systems and the necessity to find a balanced spring/shock combination to create the best possible compliance, ride quality and performance ...
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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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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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A vintage bike collection

Do you know a collection of vintage road-bike, with pictures of their old school style and actual argus price. I just bought a Mercier and I wonder, how much it can cost nowdays...
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Which bicycle do you recommend for a short daily city commute that can last for a solid 8-10 years? [closed]

I need a road bike for my daily commute. I live in Philadelphia and am looking on Craigslist and found a couple options. Let me know what you guys think. Feel free to suggest anything else you find ...
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What are some good eating habits? [closed]

I want to get myself back into road cycling. When I first bought my bike I was serious and was riding everyday 20-30 miles. I got burned out because I wasn't eating right. This time around I want to ...
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Time Trial/ Tri Aero Wheels Query

I am in constant debate with my colleague regarding the use of aero tt/triathlon wheels (82/101) for normal/general road use (fear of buckling etc?). I was wondering what peoples thoughts were on ...
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Brake response is spongey post-brake lever upgrade

I have just performed an upgrade of brake levers on my Plug Racer, from the original cross-style levers (top mounted, possibly Promax 239A models) to Cane Creek 200TT bar end levers, connecting them ...
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Will a road brake lever work with a v-brake?

I'm planning on changing my commuter handlebar to a drop handlebar. As the diameters are different, I need to know if the new brake lever will work with the existing v-brakes. (My intention is to ...
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Is it worth converting a steel frame Trek Roadie to a Cyclocross?

I have a Trek Elance 330 from the 80s and love it! However, I find myself needing something that can handle fire roads (gravel jeep paths) and am wondering if it is worth the effort. Also, if it ...
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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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Campagnolo QS Front Derailleur/Shifter Compatability

I have older Campagnolo Chorus 10-speed shifters. They are marked 'Carbon BB System'. I am replacing my front derailleur and have a spare 10-speed Record QS front derailleur. QS stands for Quick ...
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How much does nipple choice affect wheel weight/stiffness?

Would I be a fool to replace the nipples on a Dura Ace 7900 C24 wheelset with a set of DT Swiss anodised alloy nipples, in the interest of aesthetics? I want the bike to look nice, but don't want to ...
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Will an Ultegra bar end shifter work with MTB derailleurs?

Such as Shimano acera, deore; or SRAM X5, X4 etc... I'm thinking of adding this http://cyclingabout.com/index.php/2011/12/use-barend-or-downtube-shifters-for-bike-touring/ (handlebar and whatever is ...
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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 mesuring device where a spoke can be put under 1600N of tension. Rummers on other boards say ...