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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Software for time-trial race

I'm looking for a piece of software to conduct a local time-trial race. There will be some 50 riders: large enough to make the job of preparing race results with bare pen and paper rather hard and ...
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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 stay?...
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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 cycling?...
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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?