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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Beside drive train, what is the difference between group components (e.g. 105 vs. Ultegra)?

In his previous post, jmusits asked the difference between the Shimano 105 and Ultegra drive train. Obviously, the derailleur is certainly one of the major components of a group. However levers, ...
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Bicycle Geometry 101?

Are there any resources or books that discuss bicycle geometry? I am looking for resources that would allow to get a rough idea of how relaxed or aggressive a particular bicycle geometry is, by ...
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Pain in the lower back and neck during cycling

I am new to cycling (road biking). When I bend my back to hold the handlebar and maintain a low position, to avoid head winds, I feel a pain in the lower back and neck. Is this normal? Do we get ...
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What does an expensive wheel have over a cheap wheel?

I'm looking to get a new front wheel at the moment for what is (supposed to be) an inexpensive commuter bike. My question is what's so good about a £100 wheel vs a £25 wheel? The cheapest option my ...
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Should the bike or the rider take the jolt from a bump, and how?

The last part of my commute to work has some significant bumps in the road which are really quite jarring, since I'm on a road bike that, of course, has no shocks (but has a carbon fork). Most of the ...
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What's the purpose of soft pedaling?

Is there any advantage to soft pedaling over coasting? Does it provide any power to moving forward? Is there any aid it gives to your leg muscles recovering?
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How can I find the right size road bike without a test ride?

I am going to buy a road bike. I am considering a Trek 1.2. I used the Competitive Cyclist Fit Calculator to find the size of bike that fits me. Inseam: 80.5 Trunk: ...
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Questions to ask before buying a bike?

I have thought about few questions to ask to the shop keeper before buying a bike. But would like to know from you experts, a complete set of questions like warranty period? Number of free services ...
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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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Long Quill Stem?

I picked up a used mid 1990s Serotta Colorado CSI (lugged steel) bike. It is a size 54L which in Serottas from that era means it has a 54 seat tube but a 55 top tube. The size was not intentional, it ...
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Cost of maintenance of a roadbike

I am going to buy a bike and ride upto 1000 km or more in a month. Adding them, I think it will come to 12 k to 15 k per year on an average. I will be riding on highways, so there won't be any ...
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Should I get a performance bike or an endurance bike for 180 km rides?

I want to do the 180 km of cycling in general, that is the 2nd leg of Ironman. I don't have a bicycle, as of now. I am planning to buy a road bike (not the one used for triathlon). People ask me to ...
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How often should I lube my chain?

I ride less than 200 miles a week, and I'm at about the 200 mile mark on my new road bike. Most of my riding is done on the road in an urban city, so there is a lot of odd, unnatural debris. My LBS ...
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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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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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Can a 10-speed mountain bike chain be used on a 10-speed road bike?

I would like to use a Shimano Deore XT Chain CN-HG94 on my road bike. Are there any differences between roadbike chains versus mountain bike chains that prohibit this? Sample Road Bike Chains: Dura ...
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Improving metabolic efficiency

I'm doing road cycling, on hills, over long distances. Typically at the moment, I'll do two 30-40 mile evening rides in just under 2 hours. Generally either 50ft per mile climb or 100ft per mile ...
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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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Allen Coggan Table - Formula for a best fit to time frames

I'm sure lots of people are familiar with the Allen Coggan Relative Power table that then relates your 'score' to what category rider you are. My question is that given rides/segments/hill climbs are ...
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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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Can fresh hot asphalt damage slicks?

Today I was riding with my road bike when I suddenly hit a patch of hot asphalt. The day before the one side of the road was already filled with a hard first load, so I didn't think much of riding ...
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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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Grand Tours - Total Ascent (By stage, particularly the giro)

I'm looking for information on stages of grand tours, particularly the upcoming Giro. I can find details of total distance by stage, and the amount of ascent on the key climbs of a stage, but I'm ...
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Upgrading my cockpit- brakes, stem and bars for longer reach

I want to upgrade my cockpit so that I have a longer reach. I currently use it as my city bike. Its an old vintage HR bates frame. Currently the stem is a little short. I want to change the bars - ...
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Is my dream of finding a light/commuter/hauling bike a pipe dream?

For a while now I have been trying to find the perfect bike. One that is fast and allows me to ride 20 mph for 50 mi. One that I can load stuff on and has braze-ons for racks, fenders, etc. A bike ...
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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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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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Is it worth time to rebuild an old steel frame?

I found an old Favorit racing bike. I didn't weigh it without all the parts but I find it pretty light, and it has a nice classic look. It is however really rusty (superficial damage only). Right now ...
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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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What could cause a screeching noise when going downhill without brakes?

Going downhill on my road bike with aero bars without applying brakes results in a terrible screeching coming from what seems to be the front wheel. Are the bearings going out?
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what makes a good entry level road bike?

I've been riding a mountain bike for years, but I prefer to go longer distances on paved ground, so I think a road bike would be better. When I ask what is a good bike, I don't need brands/models - ...
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Is it possible to estimate road grade while riding?

It would be nice to be able to estimate the grade of a road while riding, even if the estimate is not completely accurate. With a GPS, in theory it should be possible in theory to ride a short ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...