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 are my wrists the first part of my body to start aching during a long ride?

Most riders seem to say it's their groin, neck or lower back that starts hurting first after a decent distance has been ridden. For me it is my wrists. I have no history of wrist pain (strains, ...
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How far can one cycle without food? [closed]

What is the furthest anyone has cycled without food in an official race setting?
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Mountain vs Road

I mountain bike on a hardtail I got about 3 months ago. I love it, but am wondering If road bike is a good investment as far as training. I want to take things beyond just mountain biking a handful of ...
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Giant Defy 2 Bottom Bracket

I'm considering upgrading to an Ultegra groupset, found a very good price online, but I do not know what bottom bracket is in my bike. I have a 2015 Giant Defy 2, aluminum frame, and to me, this looks ...
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Is there a way to rest at an intersection without (partially) dismounting the bike? [duplicate]

I have seen this done, and it probably has a name or another way of describing it that I have not thought of, but I cannot find information about it on the internet. When stopped at an intersection, ...
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Roof-top bike rack crash [closed]

Over the week-end my bike suffered a bike crash while on a roof-top rack. On a whim, the driver decided to go through an underground parking lot, everything happened so fast, I did not have time to ...
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What model is this Bottecchia bike?

I'm trying to find a decent racing bike for my next triathlon (on the cheap). I saw this bike on Craigslist with no information about the model or features. Can anyone help me figure out what bike ...
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Shimano Claris shifter double/triple shifting up (when moving to smaller, harder cogs) on the rear derailleur

Although my rear derailleur is properly indexed it's suddenly started to double or even triple shift on an upshift - i.e. when moving to harder, smaller cogs on the cassette. This happens whether I'm ...
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Just getting into biking

I'm just getting into the biking world and I am in the market for a better bike than my current Huffy bike. I'm looking on Craigslist and I came across a 1980 Schwinn World Traveler bike for $120. ...
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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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How much speed can I buy

I am currently riding an entry level carbon road bike (Fuji Gran Fondo 2.5, compact 50/34 crankset, 105 group, 12/30 10 speed, Oval 327 wheels, but I suspect the details are not important-you have all ...
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Can I install a double chainset on a bike that was originally designed for a triple chainset?

I have a BTwin Triban 3 which has a triple chainset that needs replacing. I am thinking of replacing it with a double chainset this time. Is this possible, or do I need new shifters and a different ...
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Does price have a huge impact on the quality of road bikes?

I want to buy a road bike but I have never had one. I have a limited budget and want to try triathlons. The good brands old bikes are really expensive. Even for a 25 years old bike I have to spend at ...
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Is a used 1998 LeMond Buenos Aires worth $450? [closed]

This is the bike I'm interested in buying: http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/BikeSpecs.aspx?year=1998&brand=LeMond&model=Buenos+Aires. The bike is in good condition upon inspection and a ...
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How to improve one's bike handling skills?

Are there any time tested ways to improve one's bike handling skills? Outside of regular riding (road) are there certain exercises one can do to increase body awareness on the bike, improve ...
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Best bike for distance, best bike for speed [closed]

I am biking the Pacific Coast from Vancouver, BC to San Diego this September. I am looking to purchase a new bike, but I am struggling with the choices. I enjoy racing with friends on weekends. On ...
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Cyclocross tyre patching problems, bulging inwards

I bought a new cyclocross bike, very good very handsome. 2 days ago I rode it on quite a rough road composed only from rocks. Two punctures (slow leaking ones, cause only realised after coming home 2 ...
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Road bike or hybrid for fitness (also including some commuting and loose gravel)?

I'm new to cycling and want to start riding regularly as a form of exercise. I'm mostly going to be riding on roads/pavement but may come into contact with the occasional gravel-isn road https://...
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Switching from a mountain bike to a road bike

I will be moving soon because of my work and the new area is not very "mountain bike friendly" as it is very flat and there aren't much hills or mountains around. So I think of buying a road bike to ...
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1k views

What is the easiest to upgrade my chainrings from a double to a triple?

I have a 2007 Specialized Tarmac Pro Double and I need some better gearing. I am doing more hill climbs and I feel that I need at least two lower gears than I already have. What would be the most ...
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Giant Road Bicycle, Comfortable Seat

Anyone know of a comfortable seat that is compatible with Giant Bikes? I took my seatpost to walmart to try and fit the seatpost with the bell gel seatpost with shock absorbers, Had high hopes for ...
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How can I learn to take care of an old (70s era) road bike/get it back to working condition?

I found my mom's old road bike from the 70s tucked away in a corner of our attic. It's not in great condition and is pretty rusty. I don't know a lot about bikes from a mechanical or upkeep point of ...
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What inner tube size to get for my road bike?

I want to get some spare inner tubes for my new road bike, but I'm unsure what size to get. On my tire it says the size is 700 x 25c and I know that 25 is the max width of the inner tube. So should I ...
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Campagnolo Athena 9 speed compatibility?

I own some NOS shifters, Campy Athena 9 speed, from 1998 i guess. do you guys know if I can use it with any campagnolo front/rear derailleur? how do I know what is compatible?
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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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Fastest sprinter and their top speed?

What is the top speed hit during a sprint on flat ground in a road race by a professional sprinter, say, someone like Cavendish? Is there an official record for this and if so who holds it currently?
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Help identifying this frame?

I was told this was a Cinelli frame although it's clearly not. The fork seems to be original but I'm not sure of what it could be just by looking at its dropouts and lugs. The seat post is 26.8, ...
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Deep-Profile Carbon Wheels — How to choose depth?

I'm doing research for a future purchase of new wheels (for everyday riding) for a 2012 Cannondale CAAD10 Ultegra. I want to spend ~$1000 (give or take $200 or so). In my price range I've found: Boyd ...
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2 questions: What bike is this? Also is this front wheel too big?

I found this bike one morning near my house and figured I'd bring it home to work on it/restore it. But I have no idea what make/model/year it is and I come asking for help. I can make out the word "...
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What's the best way to secure helmet straps?

On every helmet I've worn there is always some extra length to the straps that run through the buckle that secures the helmet to ones head. Most helmet's these days come with one or two small rubber ...
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Fitting new wheel with 10 speed to a bike fitted with 8 speed [closed]

I own a Specialized Allez road bike which is 8 speed. I've just bought new wheels and want to put a 10-speed cassette on, like the previous owner. What will I have to do to the bike so that the gears ...
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Stressed spoke on downhill turns

I am on a road bike and when I descend quickly going downhill and lean severely into tight turns I almost feel a ringing crunchiness type feeling and it seems like one spoke is receiving more stress ...
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Am I too heavy for my road bike tires?

I am wondering if bike tires have a weight limit. I have to admit, I am a large guy at 6'3" 250lb (190 cm, 113,5 kg), and I have always had issues with my road bike's tires getting pinch flats. I ...
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What model/year is this bike?

What model/year is this bike? I was wondering because the owner of the bike does not know! Thank you :D
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Is there a way to hop up onto a parallel curb?

The scenario: you're riding in a curb-adjacent, paint-only bike lane. You happen to look over your shoulder (or in your mirror) and see a vehicle approaching from behind, either fully in the bike lane,...
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How to Reattach Cable End for Road Drop Bar Brake Lever

I was installing new brakes and I pulled too hard on the lever and the cable end disconnected from the brake lever. I'm having trouble reattaching it because it can only be pulled out so far due to ...
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road bike to road bike with mountain bike fram with full suspension

I currently own a specialized sirrus comp, and I was wondering if I could swap all the parts on that bike other than the frame to a demo 8 frame with 200mm of travel. If it is possible to add full ...
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Weird gear ratio for a couple of seconds after crash

Just yesterday, I was riding my mountain bike along a sidewalk and out of nowhere hit a stop sign pole mounted in the middle of the side walk… I guess that’s what happens when you get too preoccupied ...
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Best road bike under £350 [closed]

So I am looking to get my first road bike and don't really want to spend much more than £350. I had been looking at the new Broke Five Bike which is a pretty simple 5 speed bike and is coming out soon,...
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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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Converting my Giant Roam 3 into more of a road bike, while keeping its hybrid identity? [duplicate]

I am not rich so the budget is as low as possible. I use my bike for pleasure mostly as I am still a teenager. Of course I want speed, so I was wondering how well it would work if I changed the tires ...
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Where to buy previous years' bikes

Every now and then I see on a bike shop's website that they will have last year's version of the same model of another bike, but it's marked down by a few hundred dollars. Unfortunately, from what I'...
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Why should I not coast while training (even after intervals)?

A comment in this answer about building up stamina for a commute says not to coast, even after intervals. Why not? How is coasting different from light pedaling with minimal load (which I'm assuming ...
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Can anyone tell me the year of this Kona road bike?

Or any details! I know it is an older Kona bike and would like to sell, but would like to provide buyers with details. Thank you
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Swap MTB parts to road bike

I have changed my tires to road and crank set to 48 teeth. The question is with all my current parts is there a way I can buy a road bike frame and transfer everything on to the road bike frame? My ...
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What is this device on all the Tour de France riders' bikes?

What is the device behind the saddle on all the riders' bikes in the 2015 tour? I'm seeing it on almost every bike. It looks standardized and electronic.
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Is it safe to ride a racing road bike in very wet weather?

I'm used to riding on a MTB, but since I've got a new road bike, I'm quite paranoid about the slick tyres. How good are they in wet weather? I'm scared of braking too hard, or even just turning!!
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Does anyone have any special notes on buying pannier racks?

I have a 520 mm cro-mo vintage tsunado road bike. It has 27 inch wheels. I'm putting a pannier rack on the back *preferably steel, but I'll consider Al. It doesn't have the upper mounts but the ...
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Replace freewheel with freehub?

I have a Motobecane Super Mirage that I bought in 1977. I have another bike for regular use, and I've decided to completely rebuild the older one. I determined today that the freewheel teeth are worn ...
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If I am using Bar End Shifters, is there a compelling reason to change the old brake levers?

I have old dull aluminum break pulls on dropbars with suicide levers. The new brakes are Tektro long reach. Should I change the levers? If so what is a good quality/price lever to buy?