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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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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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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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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Should I get wider tyres/tires for my tour if I'm not going to go off-road?

I'm going to do a ten-day long tour down the west coast of New Zealand. I'll have some luggage in rear panniers, but no tent (staying with friends and in backpackers accommodation). There'll be a fair ...
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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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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, ...
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Front tire skidding, resulted in a crash, any advice?

I have been cycling my whole life, and for about a year I have been doing 25km a day, without any problems. I got new Vittoria Rubino 23s tires a few weeks ago and I had no problems for 3 weeks since, ...
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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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Wheel set consideration

Background: I'm overhauling/refurbishing my second road bike that I use mainly for training. It needs new wheels. I found a couple of nice used 2011 wheelsets that were spares for a women's bike team ...
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Lower Top Tubes on Road Bikes

My girlfriend wants to buy a used road bike as well. She is pretty small 5'2'' with shorter legs so it has been tricky finding anything that would fit her. She suggested that we should look at ...
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Suggestions on buying a road bike for the city

I'm looking to buy a bike with which to get around Atlanta. My budget is about $500. I've seen lots of suggestions for a fixie but those seem relatively difficult. I plan to ride about 5-10 miles ...
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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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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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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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Where can I ride Paris-Roubaix style cobbles in the UK?

Watching the Paris-Roubaix and the Ronde van Vlaanderen recently made me think I'd like to try out my road bike on similar-style cobbles, just for a laugh. Is there anywhere in the UK (I live in ...
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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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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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Efficient gear shifting

I've recent purchased a road bike bit of a classic with the downtube shifters, lugged steel frame etc etc. Before I mainly road my fixie, thou I do have another geared bike, but it left a bit to ...
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What are the possible upgrades for a 40-year-old Bottecchia 10 Speed?

I have a 40 year old Bottecchia (entry level model) that I took for ride yesterday after letting it sit for 20 years. Just inflated the tires and oiled the chain and off I went. The tires and brake ...
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Maintence on Mavic 500 hub without Mavic 670 tool

I have a beloved but well used front wheel built around an old Mavic 500 hub whose bearings are finally starting to give up the ghost. If you hold the axle and spin the wheel you can feel it grind ...
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Road Shifters, Mountain Rear Derailleur?

I have a road/cyclocross/commuter frame that is currently spec'd with road components - all Shimano 105, with an Ultegra rear derailleur. The cassette (10 spd) tops out at 27 teeth, and the rear ...
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Are these steel rims safe?

I recently bought an old Eastman ten-speed. It's got 700x23 tires on steel rims. The walls of both rims bend out slightly, maybe 10 degrees each. I'm not sure if they were built that way, or if ...
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How accurate is the 'calories burned' figure on my GPS device?

I use the Garmin Edge 200 to record the route, distance and speed of my rides. It also gives me a prediction of the amount of calories I have burned on any particular ride. The only data I have ...
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Trek Aluminium Grade Comparison

Looking through the Trek archives, I see they have frame materials described as: Alpha Black Aluminum Alpha White Aluminum Alpha Gold Aluminum Gold Series Aluminum 100 Series Alpha Aluminum etc ...
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Changing freewheel singlespeed cog

I bought a Soma flip flop singlespeed and the free side cog is a piece of junk. I've ordered a White Industries freewheel cog to replace it and my question is, how is this done and what tools are ...
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Road bike or hybrid bike?

I am buying my first bike as an adult person and I am torn between getting a road bike or a hybrid bike. I will be using the bike primarily for transportation (I am a college student living in a city) ...
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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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How do I remove a quill stem?

(I recently got an old Favorit road bike (made in Czechoslovakia) and started restoring it. In order to give the frame a new coat of paint, I need to strip it down from everything.) I'm stuck with the ...
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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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Is this a collectable bicycle?

I have purchased a new bicycle, it is a clasical one (downtube shifters etc). I want to use it for commuting. Some guys told me that it might be a collectable bike and maybe i should try and find a ...
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What's this mark on my chainstay?

I was cleaning my road bike (cannondale supersix evo) and noticed a marking on my chainstay and I'm not sure what it is. Scratching it is a little rough compared to the carbon around it. This was not ...
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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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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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Loud free hub suddenly become quiet

I have a fulcrum racing 5 evo which has a loud free hub (like other campy) for about 5 years now. I like the loud noise when coasting because I don't need to put a bell on the bike. On my last ride, I ...
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Shimano 105 early- to mid-1990s SLR groupset on eBay worth it for 70s SuperCycle rebuild?

Is the below groupset a good value for this frame? I picked up a vintage SuperCycle Medalist frame (I'm guessing 1970s) and am looking to make a comfortable but capable bike for commuting and ...
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Older road bike: squeaky crank?

I have an old Free Spirit road bike. It's in good shape and runs fine, but I started noticing that when I'm going uphill or pedaling in a high gear there is a squeaky sound coming from what seems to ...
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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 ...