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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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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Number of gears for a racer

I am looking to upgrade my racer, I currently have a Bottecchia racer from the mid-80s and it has 14 gears. While looking around for newer racers I noticed that a number of them had 20 gears while ...
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Android/EVO bike mount recommendations

Does anyone have experience mounting an EVO phone on the handlebars of a road bike?
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How to get more tire clearance with caliper brakes?

I've discovered the brakes on my Bike Friday Tikit don't allow for enough clearance to run Schwalbe Marathon tires. The bike - a folding bike with 16" rims - ships with Kojak treadless tires. It looks ...
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Brake lever placement on a road bike

I am just going to re-wrap my road bike's handlebar tape tomorrow. Before I do that I was wondering what the proper place is to put the brake levers. I know they should be pointed vertically, ...
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Ultegra 6700 Left Side Crank with SRAM Red

I'm considering buying a TT bike that has a full SRAM Red group. I'm wondering if it's possible to use my Shimano Ultegra 6700 left-side crank in place of the SRAM Red crank. Why? I've got a Stages ...
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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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How to evaluate used bicycle price?

Hey I am about to buy a used bicycle and recently I got offer for Peugeot bicycle. We both do not know the price to agree on... The question is how to evaluate price of an used bicycle? (where to put ...
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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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Starter Road Bike for Tall Man

I'm a marathoner that is interested in mixing in some biathlons and triathlons, but I am having trouble finding a starter bike (< $1500) made for a tall man. I am 6'6". Any brands and models that ...
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How do I evaluate the quality of a road bike?

I am specifically looking at a Fuji Finest Womans road bike - 51cm. I am not sure what year it is. The ad description says: Women's specific geometry, 51 cm Shimano Sora, Ritchey stem, ...
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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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How do I calculate the power required to climb a hill at a given cadence?

Suppose I ride at a cadence of 50RPM for 10 minutes with a 39x23 gear ratio on a hill with 10% grade. Is there a simple formula to calculate the power output required?
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What do I need to know about Turbo Trainers?

I'm about to get hold of my first turbo trainer (borrowing it from my triathlon club). Before I start, what do I need to know about turbo trainers?
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Please help me identify my bike

I have recently bought a house and found this bike in the garage. I'm currently thinking of giving it a full service, but I'm not a super expert on it and therefore I'd maybe like to take it to a ...
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Knee feeling after long ride with road bike

During the last 2 months, I rode on my road bike for a few times (about 7 times) a way that is about 60 km (37.282 mi) long. Two days before, when I did this ride, after the midst of it, I started to ...
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Transition between hybrid bike and endurance road bike

What are the different skills I need to develop when transitioning between a hybrid bike and an endurance road bike?
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Should I get a road bike?

Last year I started biking again. My current ride is a quite good "cross" bike weighing a bit more than 10kg (~22lb, I didn't weigh it). Currently I'm doing around 200km (~120 mi) per week, mostly on ...
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Is it practical to replace two sprockets on a cassette?

My bike has 53/39T chainrings and a cassette with 12,13,14,15,17,19,21,23,25 sprockets, but I like to ride up steep mountain roads. Is it possible (without great expense) to replace two sprockets to ...
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What is the difference between race/road and cx bikes?

The only differences I know is that road bikes are often lighter and uses different set of brakes. But what else are the main differences?
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Best 9 speed cassette for fast & flat

I have a road bike with a 26/11 9 speed SRAM rear cassette. I cycle in Cambridgeshire on a daily basis and it's very flat. I find that I never use the hardest cog, leave the chainring on the biggest ...
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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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How much does non-ideal frame size matter?

I have an opportunity to buy a barely-used Allez Elite for a very small amount of money (around $100). However, its frame size may be slightly different than the "ideal" size for me. If this ...
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Does 1.2cm of additional frame stack make a large difference to the ride of a bike?

I don't like the amount of handlebar drop on my current road bike. I am looking at a new bike that has an additional 1.2cm of frame stack (height). Would this 1.2cm make much difference in the ride of ...
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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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Building a road bike

I've seen a lot of answers here about building a fixie specifically, but I'm looking to build up a road bike. I currently have a Surly Pacer frame and fork, a Richie handlebar and stem, and that's ...
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What would be the best gearing for mountain climbing?

I'm 59, 5'11", 210,and have had a triple bypass. I moved from the flats to the hills, and I want to ride again, but I can't with the gearing I have now. 50/34 chain ring and an 11 speed 10-25 ...
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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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Cyclocross racing with fixed gear road bike with cross tires

I would like to take part in three local cyclocross races in the coming weeks but have a bike dilemma: Should I convert my track frame to a new fork and put one cantilever brake on it and change the ...
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Changing from Shimano Road Double Chainset to Triple Chainset?

Road bike setup at the moment is: Shimano Tiagra (9 Speed) Shifters / Front Derailleur / 52-39T Chainset / Short Cage Rear Derailleur / Casette 27-11T. Will I be able to do a straight swap and ...
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How do I stop my brake from sticking?

The rear brake (calliper) on my road bike sticks. When I pull the brake it pulls down but only half springs back and there's then slack in the leavers. This is causing rubbing on the rim. It's a ...
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New Trek 1.5 wheels need to be trued after 2 rides, normal?

I took my new Trek 1.5 out for 2 spins after I got it and the front wheel is running a few mm off true. The back is too but it isn't that bad. I rode it approx 35km. I stupidly didn't check the ...
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How have you setup your tri-bars?

I'm getting some tri-bars for Christmas and I've been told by the bike shop how to set them up on the bike, but I'd like to get some tips from lots of different people. Up-close photos would be great. ...
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What went wrong with my bottom bracket spindle length calculation?

Here's the facts: My bike frame requires a 70 mm Italian threaded bottom bracket I'm going to use a Nuvinci N360 IGH which requires a chainline of 49 (± 0.5) mm. I have Andel fluted cranks, which ...
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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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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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What is “crank preload”

I'm in the middle of swapping my BB30 cranks from stock FSA Gossamer to a (shorter length) SRAM BB30 "IA" S950. The S950 has a "crank preload" adjuster on the NDS which the spindle is also attached ...
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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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Most effective upgrades on Road bike

Earlier this year I purchased my first road bike (a 2013 - Felt F75). I had never really ridden before, so I didn't want to spend too much money up front not knowing how much I would actually ride. ...
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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 a 29.5 km/h average speed decent for a 90 km ride (on road) with an elevation of 1200 m?

I have been riding about 150 km a week commuting and on the weekend. I frequently do rides over 80 km. I'm riding a carbon cyclocross (Ridkey x-fire) with slicks. My latest ride was on the ...
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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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Muscle spasms while riding?

I've ridden 90 KM (and at reasonable speeds - 30+ KM/h) without issues, but rode my first Gran Fondo (140 KM) and experienced various spasms while riding. There were aid stations with food so I ate ...
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What factors determine stem length ?

Recently I went to a local bike shop to get a bike fitting advice. After taking body measurements, I was given a frame size recommendation. According to that, seat tube size, top tube size and stem ...
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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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Road bike that is gentle on body, but can go in some dirt

I found out that a racing type road bike is hard to shift as hurts the arthritis in my fingers. And even the frame is harder on the hips. I need something more gentle, but fast enough to keep up with ...
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Tyre Rubber Classifications

I was looking through a bike catalogue at one of the high-end road bikes (a $6000 Giant Propel) and I couldn't help but notice that this bike is advertised with specific tyres for front and rear ...
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Is it possible to make a larger bike fit a smaller person?

I bought a used road bike to commute into school each day (only about 4 miles roundtrip) and to go on casual rides for fun. I've only had it for about 3 weeks and prior to that have not had a bike ...
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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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Disassembly and Shipping of bike

I have a road bike lying around in a garage in California. I would like to use it here in Illinois. However, there's no one out there who can disassemble and pack the bike for me in California, ...