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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Do skilled cyclists really “use the front brake alone probably 95% of the time”?

Sheldon Brown's Braking and Turning Your Bicycle page states that: Skilled cyclists use the front brake alone probably 95% of the time and "Generally I advise against using both brakes at ...
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What are the strengths, weaknesses and/or recommendations for a BLB Mosquito Saddle? [closed]

I ask this here because I couldn't find too much information or reviews about BLB Mosquito saddles. If administrators find this question doesn't fit into this place, please feel free to remove/edit ...
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Tips for winter maintenance?

A couple years ago I rode through the winter (took last winter off) and am looking to resume. My bike got hammered during the New England winter though, especially the hubs. Other than a regular ...
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What pressure should I run my Road Bike tyres at?

There's a question for mountain bike tyres but I can't seem to find anything on here for road bikes. At the moment I'm running at around 90psi. Is that too much? too little? Also, am I more likely to ...
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Are fixed or floating SPD-SL cleats most suitable for a long commute?

After much procrastination, I've finally jumped in and bought myself a road bike, under the cycle2work scheme we have here in the UK. I opted for a Boardman Road Race, as it seems to be the most ...
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Odd metallic chafing sound

I bought a second hand road bike recently, I'm quite new to the field. I had a wet'ish ride and ever since getting a little bit of mud on my bike there's a metallic chaffing sound whenever I apply ...
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Shimano DA9000 polymer cables

It's time to replace my shift cables on my road bike and I'm thinking of spending the extra and investing in Shimano Dura Ace 9000 polymer cables. Has anyone experience of these? I'd appreciate your ...
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Is bike fit really needed?

I'm having neck pains and muscle cramps when I go for long rides (> 90kms) . I don't know if the reason is due to big kms or is it the fit of the bike. I live in India where a bike fit costs 12000 ...
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What is the downside to me purchasing a road bike instead of a hybrid?

I'm about to move to a place closer to my work where I'll be able to ride to and from the office (9km ride each way). I'm not super fit but I occasionally ride to work from where I'm living now ...
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Front Derailleur Tuning Question

I've installed new front derailleur (Shimano Tiagra) on my bike and I spent embarrassingly lots of time trying to adjust it. Yet still I think I have a problem with it. For me it seems too tense. You ...
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cars and scooters in a road bike race

I see this a lot in videos from road bike races. A lot of rider team cars mixed with the road bikes doing the actual race. What is the matter with that? What do they do? Also, don't the riders inhale ...
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What is the use of GPS/Elevation on Bike computers

Can any one let me know what is the exact use of GPS/Elevation on Bike computers (EDGE 500,510 or TIMEX 2.0)? I ride with a SIGMA BC 16.12 (with CADENCE) and POLAR HRM. I check my elevation using ...
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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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2015 Time Collection

I'm a usa cycling road racer and I recently won a Time ZXRS frame in a team raffle. I'm very excited, and I know this makes me sound really spoiled, but every time I've looked on the Time website I ...
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How often should I lube with Pedros Ice Wax? [duplicate]

I'm a usa cycling road racer. I just got a recommended lube Pedros Ice Wax. I ride about 100 miles a week. How often should I lube my chain with it and how often should I clean it?
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Bicycle shoes for road cycling [duplicate]

I mostly used conventional sneakers for cycling and never wore bicycle shoes in my life. At this moment of my life I decided to level up a bit. I've built myself a road bike and now I'm looking into ...
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What are the benefits of external bottom brackets?

Pretty soon, I plan to replace the bottom bracket on my early 90's Sakae Litage road bike. It takes a standard, English-threaded bottom bracket. Right now I think it contains loose bearings--I was ...
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Credibility of my Bike fit

I have been an cycle enthusiast from my school days and I got a merida scultra 901 road bike recently. However I am facing difficulties while I go over 60-70kms in a single go. Though i complete a ...
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Non Removable Presta Extension

Just got a pair of tubular Vittoria Rally road tyres. They look perfect but the problem is that the valve is 42mm which is no good for my new awesome 50mm rims. Above all the valve core is not ...
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Do good tires lessen the chances of your innertube bursting?

I have only bought my bike for a month and a half and within this time span, my innertube actually burst 4 times. The bike itself is relatively cheap so I doubt that the tires are of good quality. I ...
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Help! Tire Pressure

I have a sorta light weight 54cm fixed gear (18 pounds) and I weigh about 115 pounds. I have a set of continental ultra tires for my 622/14mm (700x23) bianchi rims with standard 20-25 tubes. The thing ...
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What should I look for in a cycling jersey?

Time has come to refresh the wardrobe a little, and the old woollen cycling jerseys need some young blood to compete against. What should I be looking for in a modern cycling top? Is lycra used ...
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Adjusting air pressure in the Tyre /Tire [duplicate]

I own a Trek 3500 and am an avid biker... I bike on roads mostly, but sometimes on trails too.. Is there any information anyone could share that would assist me in adjusting air pressure in the Tire? ...
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The best way to deal with/prevent punctures on tubular tyres

I recently picked up some rather expensive tubular wheels on the back of a lot of advice to do with rolling resistance, comfort etc. However I've recently found I'm quite afraid to use them on long ...
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Quick Release Rack with Horizontal Dropouts

I own a 1980s Panasonic (steel) road bike without eyelets for a rack or fenders, and I'd like to add a rack. The seat stays and chain stays on this bike are a bit thinner than I'd be comfortable to ...
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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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Tips for having partner drive support.

I am hoping to get some tips and suggestions for having a partner drive support for long rides (training or touring). Is it best to plan spots that they will meet you and can get to your location of ...
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What's the quickest “boost food” whilst riding in a fast bunch?

I am starting to ride with a bunch of cyclists doing on average 40 to 50k. My personal average is around mid 30s to 45k/hr. Aside from proper training, exercise and leg muscles, what food do you ...
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What is the hazard turn signal?

I know the other turn signals, but what if I need to flash the hazard? On a car it is both turn signals, but on a bike stretching both arms is stupid.
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How is cornering on the road different than cornering on dirt?

The general advice about cornering is to lean the bike, not the body, to put pressure on the outside foot, and not to brake or brake only with the rear brake if absolutely needed. --me There ...
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How can you remove the interrupter (top bar) levers from the Giant Avail 5?

I'm looking to gain a little extra space on my handlebars and I do not use these brakes, so I was wondering if anyone knew of a way to remove them. The spec is: Brake Levers Shimano 2300 w/ ...
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Suggestions on learning to use Rollers

Last year I bought some Kreitler rollers and used them somewhat. The biggest problem I have is starting. I have 4.5-Inch Kreitler Alloy Rollers with Killer Headwind Fan Drums. Does anyone have a ...
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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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How To Choose A Proper Sprocket Combination For A Road Bike Cassette?

I guess you have to have at least a couple of cassettes in your arsenal for different occasions. Can anyone please advise on how to choose a proper cassette depending on a trip. What can influence the ...
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How do I efficiently shift gears on a road bike with downtube shifters?

I have bought a vintage Campagnolo road bike, so the shifters are on the down tube. I own a mountain bike and i am used to changing gears on that one, but don't know the proper technique to change on ...
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Handlebar stem : height vs length

I want to decrease the reach of my handlebars. Does it matter whether I increase the height or get a stem with a smaller length(extension?) on my bike? And is there any way to calculate the ...
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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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New Chain and Cassette - If I am not racing does it matter?

I need to replace my chain and cassette and I am not sure what "level" I need to pick? I have SRAM RED and have never replaced my cassette or chain (Two years) I had brought my bike in for a tune up ...
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38mm Front 60mm Rear Clinchers Pros and Cons

I have to note at first that I'm new to road cycling. I cycled mostly as a commuter before. I'm looking into upgrading my wheelset. I read some very good threads here on choosing the right wheelset ...
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How do I mount this Topeak rack onto this road bike with disc brakes?

I've browsed several closely related questions already, but haven't found one quite like my issue yet. I have the following rack, a Topeak Tourist for Disc Brake bikes (with a matching Topeak trunk ...
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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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Cube Agree GTC - Tri-Bars

I have a Cube Agree GTC (2012), and I would like to buy some tri-bars for it. I've read that this model ( Although, on second thoughts, maybe this is a newer model...) has compatibility issues with ...
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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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Tire popping out of rim when inflating tube

This is very similar to this question. When I fill my tubes up to about 85 psi the tire pops off the rim and the tub gets caught on the rim and blows up. I have gone through 4 tubes in two days at ...
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Does the chain direction make a difference?

Recently, I helped a friend install a new chain on her road bike, and for the first time read the instructions for installing one. It seems to claim that there's a forward direction, and that it ...
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Legal to ride bikes on sidewalks in Seattle?

I know in parts of the US it is illegal for bicyclists to ride their bikes on the sidwalk. I've been seeing it a lot in Seattle, WA, US and not sure if it's allowed.
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Speed improvement from hybrid bike to road bike over 9km at 30 kmph?

What sort of speed improvement can I expect going from a $1000 hybrid bike (Merida Crossway Striker) to a $2000 road bike (Cannondale CAAD 10 - 105), all other things being equal? Presently I can ...
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diference between 170mm 172mm 175mm crank arm length on road bike [duplicate]

What is best for which use, advantage, or application, especially for climbing.
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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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Rear wheel rubs frame after tire change

I recently changed the rear tire and paid no attention to the original working state of the rear derailleur. After a miserable attempt at resembling, I lost what I now think was the Derailleur bolt ...