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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How to tell if a new pair of brake calipers will fit my wheel, tire, and frame?

I have a Takara Kabuto. It has 700x32 tires (I don't really know what that means). I was looking at upgrading the brake calipers. I was looking at these, among others. How do I tell if they will ...
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I'm evaluating how to best match a new handset and rear wheel to a vintage rebuild [closed]

My first bike after move to Japan. Picked up an old 520 Cro-MO frame by Tsunoda - Grand Prix , minimal rust and decent paint. It had some old Suntour VX derailleurs, aluminum-far-too-narrow drop bar ...
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Expanding the range of capabilities of a gravel bike

I'm a believer in having just one bike that i can use for anything I do, mostly club rides and light touring. I currently have a Giant Defy 1 with 28c tires, but am intrigued by the new gravel grinder ...
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Will degreaser formula 88 harm your tire?

I was using degreaser formula 88 and got some on my tire. I rinsed it off with some water and then the next day the tire had cracks and was faded. Will the tire get messed up ?
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What are the absolute essentials a cyclist should own? [closed]

Context: My bike shop includes free servicing as a standard with a new bike. I don't need such thing and live too far away. In lieu of waiver I can get €100 of stuff from the shop. Best bike problem ...
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Knee position while on the aero bar

I find that my knees are coming ahead of the pedals while I am on the aero bars. I am not sure whether this is right or wrong. In the below image, I don't feel pain on my lower back for a long ...
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Schwinn Racer - Frequent Punctures - Schwalbe Marathon Plus [duplicate]

I'm a noob, based in Hyderabad and planning to cycle to work - atleast 2-3 times in a week (36 kms from house to work - can't do it right-away - but plan to definitely do it later, when I build up the ...
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(racer) Standard vs compact crankset: Increased leverage for same gear ratios true?

I'm a road and mtb regional racer about to have a go at my first road endurance nationals very soon. I'd like some educated scientifically validated answer on a matter that has been on my mind ever ...
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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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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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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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Can I replace my Shimano RX 100 with a Campagnolo group?

I just purchased a Concorde Mistral with Columbus Gara tubing and would like to transfer my Campagnolo group from an SLX frame that is too big. The Concorde frame has a front derailleur mounting ...
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Does cycling make one's knees stronger?

I'm wondering if riding hard strengthens the knee or causes degradation? I exercise regularly and am in solid physical condition. When strength training off of the bike, I do a lot of leg work ...
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I have a few questions about frame repair, seat adjustments, and rims.

My bike is a Trek 1100 Aluminum Frame My bike has a few dings and scratched in the frame, and I want to get rid of them. So I was thinking I could get a powder coat or something to get a new paint ...
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How to “shop” for bikes via mail order

What is a good method for finding a bike which matches my riding style, body measurements and bank account size when not able to actually go and try the given candidate bike model(s) in-person? In my ...
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Mountain Biker wanting to change to cyclo or road? Which one? [closed]

I ride an inexpensive Trek modified mountain bike and I spend some of my ride on the road and some on the canal, which of course is rather flat. Sometimes at the mid point of my ride I will decide to ...
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Considering Cassette Upgrade [duplicate]

I'm considering upgrading from a 9-speed, 12-26 cassette on a 2006 Lemond Alpe D'Huez. I have a triple front chairing with a Shimano 105 groupset, with one exception - an Ultegra rear derailleur. ...
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How does a quill stem without a front bolt work?

Looking at quill stems I noticed this rather curious one and I couldn't imagine how it secured the handlebars without an apparent bolt. Any ideas? more images
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Why is a proper road bike pedal preferred for road bikes?

I've been riding road bikes for a couple of years, but with mountain bike pedals, I've been thinking about switching over to a road bike pedal, but what's the reason? Is the performance improved or is ...
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22 to 11 speed conversion?

I have a bike equipped with a SRAM 22 speed groupset (hydraulic) and was thinking about converting it to a 1x11. I like the simplicity of the 1x11 system and the potential weight savings from removal ...
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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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What tools do I need to carry when riding tubeless?

I'm thinking of getting a pair of tubeless ready wheels for riding on the road. I've never ridden tubeless and was wondering what tools and equipment I need to carry to fix a flat? Normally, while ...
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Can I change my bike's frame?

A failed stealing attempt left my Bianchi Via Nirone 7 road bike with an ugly damage to the frame. The bike is still in place, and it hurts me every time I go to the bike shed. They removed the front ...
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What should I look for when buying a used bicycle?

I'm moving to a city where I can ride a bicycle to the grocery store, coffee shop etc. I want to purchase a decent used bicycle. I'm leaning towards a bike that's in between a "10-speed" or road-bike ...
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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 they'...
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How much of a difference does giving blood make to recreational cycling?

I intend to give blood at some point this week at my local community centre. How much of a difference is this going to make to the effort required to keep up my usual pace? Or will the difference be ...
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What is a power meter and why do I need one?

So I've been looking to become a triathlete soon and I'm hearing all this talk about power meters. Now, upon googling I found vague information which is why I came here. Exhibit A. That article gives ...
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Are today's bikes “better” than a few decades ago?

I'm looking to buy a road bike for commuting. There is a guy near me who finds older road bikes (e.g. from the 80's) and fixes them up. Are there downsides to getting an older bike (assuming it's had ...
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Why are riders allowed to draft behind cars in Grand Tours?

During one of this week's stages of the Giro d'Italia, Richie Porte had a 'technical' issue with his bike that caused him to lose a number of minutes from the peloton. It was of significance as it was ...
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Do 16g CO2 cartridges have a shelf life?

I mainly use my road bike during the triathlon season and now that the season is coming back around again, I am finding some old, unused CO2 cartridges from last season (fall). I typically use 16 ...
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Best bike routes in Brooklyn

I live in Brooklyn, NY and in order to get in a decent 30+ mile ride (road bike) I either need to do 9 loops of Prospect Park (ugh..) or head into Manhattan, go up to the GWB, and onto 9W. Then I need ...
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Has anyone ever used the Spiderflex seat on a roadbike?

I use a spiderflex seat on my mountain bike, and I would like to use this on a road bike. Has anyone ever done this, or something similar? I am 5'10" and 165 lbs (reasonably fit). Yes, I know the '...
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Tyre pressures and Pumps

I have just purchased a new floor bike pump.While checking the tyres on my road bike the gauge reads for the rear tyre 0.95 bar , 13.5 psi.the reccommended pressure is 130 psi, maths not being my ...
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First Road Bike - Some Options and Issues

I am looking the market for my first road bike. I am planing to be using the bike, couple times per week for 1 - 2 hour rides, and maybe on the weekend some longer ones, around UK Yorkshire. There ...
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Can I use a cyclocross bike for regular road-biking purposes?

I want to race cyclocross, and I also want to ride some longer rides out on the road. Can I buy a cyclocross bike and use it for both cyclocross and some serious road rides (I'm talking century type ...
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Triple vs Double chainring?

I'm bike shopping for my first road bike, and I've asked for a lot of advice from my father who was a serious cyclist once upon a time. After showing him one prospective bike, he dismissed it with a ...
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bike keyhole broken

I had parked my bike outside my local grocery store and when I came out I saw that my lock had been tampered with. The keyhole where I insert my key was broken in half and the rubber coating was also ...
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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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How difficult is the switch from flat to drop bar?

I've ridden with flat bars for more than 10 years, both freeride and commuting. Now I'm considering switching to a road bike with a drop bar for commuting. I went to a shop and tried a couple of such ...
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Scott S30 road bike 11speed with 10 speed compatibility

I have a Scott S30 bike currently running a shimano 105 2x10 speed 50-34 crankset, shimano 105 10 speed front shifter and 10 speed cassete and chain. I have a new crank that i want to install, the ...
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Praxis Bottom Bracket Performance on BB30 Frame

I'm looking at upgrading the crank (stock FSA to Force 22) and getting a Praxis BB for my Cannondale CAAD10 BB30 frame. http://www.praxiscycles.com/product/conv-bb-sramgxp-isis-2/ It seems like ...
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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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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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Bottom Bracket Press fit to a square taper

I like to use my old Campagnolo crank on a new road bike frame. The frame has already a Pressfit BB71-41A installed. The crank needs a sqaure tape. Is it possible to use the crank with a adapter or do ...
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Is rotating seat post 180 degrees to get a tri position a good idea?

So I'm in the process of converting my road bike to a tri bike as much as possible. I would like to push the seat saddle a little more. So I rotated the post and adjusted the saddle as in the picture ...
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Trying to figure out the Brand/Make of this bicycle?

Got this from a friend hand-me-down style. Got some work to do on it to make her roadworthy. But it's been painted, and I can't see a logo or name on it anywhere. Steel Metal Frame. That's about all ...
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How do I pack a road wheel for shipping?

I need to ship a rear wheel back to the manufacturer for a warranty issue (Mavic). I'm wondering what the best, most secure way to package it is so that there can be no refutation that 'it was ...
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Are road caliper brakes usually compatible with any model of lever/STI shifter?

I have a Specialized Allez 16 (2011) road bike with Shimano 2300 STI shifters and no-name brand caliper brakes. The brakes have always felt a bit mushy despite my best efforts at adjustment/replacing ...
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How do I know I should replace the chain? [duplicate]

I have been riding a folding bike in the past. I have never replaced its chain. Recently, I have bought a second handed road bike for $500. I am afraid of the chain breaking suddenly. How do I know ...
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Should I switch to a 13-23T or 12-25T cassette?

I am currently riding a Fuji Sportif 1.5 with original configuration. I am not using clipless pedals currently. The bike come with 50/34T chainrings and a 9-speed 11-32T cassette. I noticed that most ...