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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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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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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What are the positions on drop bars called?

I've heard the different places to put your hands on drop bars given different names, like "hoods" which I think is the flat part on top or maybe the brake levers, or "drops", referring to the lowest ...
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Can a hybrid bike seat be used on a road bike?

I'm new to road bike riding. At my local bike shop they fitted me for a Bontrager Nebula Plus to replace the stock seat that came with the bike. The Bontrager website says this seat is designed for ...
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Calluses on palms/Pressure on hands - what to do?

I've been cycling for several years, but recently I developed calluses on the pads of my palms. I'm referring to small raised lines, similar to those you would get from weightlifting. And, by the ...
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Best rest length for “getting your seat”

I am just getting back on my bike after a couple years and have quickly been made to remember that it takes time to get your butt used to the saddle. I've read articles about "getting your seat" and ...
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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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What should I look for in choosing wheels for a road bike?

I have a commuting/touring bike and my riding is a good bit of commuting mixed with weekend rides of up to 50 miles. In my lame knowledge, I'll assume that lighter wheels can be had when you spend ...
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Why would a manufacturer change chainring sizes drastically between years?

A friend was just showing me the 2010 Cervélo S2 specs, as well as the 2011 S2 specs, and the Ultegra line, at least, changes from a 53/39 chainring set in 2010 to a 50/34 set in 2011. This seems like ...
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Measuring stem clamp / handlebar diameter

I have a new-ish Bianchi Cortina hybrid that I'm trying to find suitable drop bars for, but I can't figure out the proper size to get. It seems like the bars mostly come in 25.4mm, 26mm and 31.8mm. ...
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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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Choosing lights for my bike

I recently bought a bike and I'm looking at getting some lights for riding at night. I live pretty well lit city so I would just want them to make me more visible to drivers. What kind of things ...
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Specialized Sirrus specs any ok?

I can get this bike for good price, bit I was wondering of the specs are "okay"? And does anyone have any experience with it? specs. sheet (image)
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“Proper” cycling posture on a road bike with drop bars?

Sometimes I feel a little pain in my lower back after cycling (nothing too long, mainly cycling around London for general commuting...5-10Km). It could be due to a number of reasons (I have a bad back ...
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Best way to train in an area with many hills

I recently bought a bicycle, mostly for exercise and fun. I am not fat, but I am really out of shape, I get tired quickly and cannot stand very long rides. I know riding a bike constantly will reduce ...
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How do I correctly set the angle of my drop bars

Are there any tricks to setting the correct angle for the drop bars on my road bike, when adjusting my handlebars in the stem? Is it just a matter of personal preference or is there a general ...
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Picking a bike for a cyclist new to riding on the road?

I've gone a few years without riding at all, and I'm getting back into cycling to improve my fitness. I've typically ridden light mountain bike trails in the past. I want buy a new/second-hand road ...
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Ladies and cycling

I just started cycling with a racebike. I still have some questions concerning ladies biking and personal health issues. I do find very little information about ladies and biking. I kind of want 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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Disc brake pads are loose in the calipers, is this a problem?

I recently bought a new commuting bike (Norco ccx3) which has mechanical disc brakes (Promax DSK-715 Road Mechanical Disc). Thus far I've been pretty happy with them. In the last couple of commutes, ...
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One vs Two Piece Axle?

After finding out my bike has a road rear (130 mm) & disc brakes, it's been difficult to source rear hubs. Cyclocross allows disc brakes, and more commuter/cx frames are appearing but all seem to ...
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What affordable rear brake can I get with nut/bolt rather than Allen Key?

I am looking for recommendations for a rear brake for a road brake. The problem is that I can see plenty of options for the newer 'Allen Key' style but not the older 'nut/bolt' style. I also want just ...
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Can I convert hybrid to mountain bike. Tyres and tubes?

I have a mountain bike looking frame with wheels that currently have road tyres. The bike is classified as a hybrid. My tyres state: 28" x 1.6 (42-622) The rim: ETRTO 622 x 18 I am having ...
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Building a road bike

I've seen a lot of answers here about building a fixie specifically, but I'm looking to build up a road bike. I currently have a Surly Pacer frame and fork, a Richie handlebar and stem, and that's ...
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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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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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How to get more tire clearance with caliper brakes?

I've discovered the brakes on my Bike Friday Tikit don't allow for enough clearance to run Schwalbe Marathon tires. The bike - a folding bike with 16" rims - ships with Kojak treadless tires. It looks ...
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Wheel rigidity, is it noticeable and should I care about it?

I have a friend who shopped for Aero wheels recently and I heard a lot of talk about how this wheel was more rigid than that wheel and so on. While I understand that a more rigid wheel should have ...
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What is the purpose of the 'tire guide' screws on shimano brakes

On Shimano Ultegra and Dura-ace brake calipers there are round-head slot screws in the lower section of the brake pad holder. In the BR-6600 spare parts catalogues they are labeled as 'tire guide' ...
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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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Storage or bag on road bike

I am looking for a bag to attach to my road bike that I can attach quickly without having a rack on my bike. I saw one a few weeks ago (on someones bike) that attached to the seat post and extended ...
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How to select an inexpensive road bike for a heavier rider?

I want to start riding a bike from home to work so I need to buy a bike. I don't want to spend a lot on the bike and also I'm not interested in bikes that Target and Walmart sells. I want something ...
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What is this simulator like device called?

The following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I13wJyUZL_4 has a man limp to a bike (a Pinarello) leaning against a wall, climb on to it and ride the bike for a good minute to a minute and a half, ...
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Why am I slow on flat surfaces?

I've been riding about 300 miles a week for the last 2 years. I'm not riding in races, just riding with friends. I always ride 60+ miles (95+ km), and I'm in excellent shape. I have a low end road ...
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Is there something particularly wrong with exclusively riding a mountain bike in a city setting?

I live in Davis, and I ride bikes simply for commuting around the university and around town. My last bike is a hand-me-down from my sister's friend over 6 years ago; it's pretty much on it's last ...
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How should I approach hills?

I've been biking to work 2-3 times/week this summer and I enjoy it for the most part. My big problem is that my ride is mostly downhill on the way in to work and mostly uphill on the way home. These ...
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Difference between road pedals and MTB pedals

I am interested in buying some pedals I can clip into for my bike. I currently ride a mountain bike/hybrid but I ma looking to get a road bike next year some time. What are the differences between ...
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Does anyone know of a list of city roads with bad pavement ( NYC )

Is there a list/site out there that contains roads and pavement conditions? I ride a road bike and some NYC roads are really beaten up, while some maintain reasonably smooth pavement. It would be ...
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Looking for a first race worthy road bike - What should I look for?

I am a runner and have been getting into biking just to add some additional flavor to my workout schedule and racing. I am wondering what I should look for when purchasing a new road bike. Is the ...
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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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Switch front and rear tire for distributing wear [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I change both tires when I need to change one? On my road bike, my rear tire has much more wear as my front tire (reported by others on this site as well). ...
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How do you adjust the set-up of road bike brakes for women with small hands

My girlfriend has recently bought her first road bike. While the frame size is pretty much spot on and comfortable for her, she finds that the brakes are difficult to use and she ends up with pain in ...
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Finding a road bike for 5'2'' girlfriend

Last year I bought myself a used (although almost never ridden) road bike from around 1985. I love the bike. It is reasonably light and I love the diamond geometry. My girlfriend wants to get a ...
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Why aren't sportive' 'bikes popular outside the UK?

I recently bought a 'sportive' bike, i.e. very much like a road bike but with a taller head tube to give a slightly more upright, more relaxed, less 'heads-down' riding position, and a triple chainset ...
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Can mountain biking shoes be used with road bikes? What are the pros and cons?

Is there anything wrong with wearing mountain biking shoes (SPD) with a road bike? I find that it makes sense because you can still walk around with them on but you still have the ability to clip in ...
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How do I evaluate the quality of a road bike?

I am specifically looking at a Fuji Finest Womans road bike - 51cm. I am not sure what year it is. The ad description says: Women's specific geometry, 51 cm Shimano Sora, Ritchey stem, ...
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Drop handlebars with drops that don't fit. Replace or adjust?

I bought a Surly Long Haul Trucker a couple years ago, and it has the stock handlebars. My hands don't really fit in the drops, and I sometimes would like a lower handlebar position where I can still ...
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Shimano Nexus Inter-3 internal gear hub stuck in second gear?

The situation My Shimano Nexus Inter-3 internal gear hub is stuck in second gear (it's a 3-gear hub). When I take the external cable housing apart, I can move the pin that goes inside to change gears, ...
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Back wheel skidding out

On my cycle to work this morning I noticed my back wheel was skidding out as I was going up a fairly steep hill. It did it enough that I thought I'd probably gotten a flat, however upon inspection it ...
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What is the stopping force of your average road bike?

Does anyone have any data on the stopping force of a modern road bike? IE when a road biker slams on the brakes the force applied to the ground is x.xxx Newtons (or lbf). Another way to ask would be ...