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 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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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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Which bike should I buy? Canyon 2015 Endurace AL 105(new) or Canyon F8 Ultimate AL Dura-Ace(used) [on hold]

I am wandering should I buy the new less geared bike or the older better geared bike. The price is around 400$ difference. You can see the old bike here ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 [on hold]

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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What is the difference between a horizontal top tube and a sloped one?

Some comparable bicycles have a crossbar (top tube) that's horizontal: Others have one that's sloped: What are the reasons for either frame design? Is it merely style preferences? Or is there ...
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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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How does the geometry of cross bikes affect on-road handling?

I'm planning on getting a cyclocross bike for commuting because my road bike is suboptimal for riding in rain and snow. A bike shop employee told me that cross bikes have worse geometry for riding on ...
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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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Correct position of brake quick release on Ultegra 6800

I'd like to know wether the brake quick release lever on the Ultegra 6800 can be kept in any intermediate position between completely closed and completely opened when riding.
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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 ...
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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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Older mountain bike

I have an older mountain bike. I need to change the rear skewer so I can use an indoor trainer, but I don't think there is one. What do I do?
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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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Tall man's bike - which manufacturers?

So, I'm 6'8". I have a 36" inseam, and wear a dress shirt with a 37" sleeve. I'm 220 lbs. Is there a chart anywhere online showing bicycle geometry across brands, with data on 64cm-or-larger road ...
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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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Why are disc brakes rare on road bikes?

Window shopping for road bikes, can't see many that have disc brakes, any reason for this?
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What is the handlebar size for an old road bike?

I have a 1980 Fuji America 18 speed road bike that needs to have the handlebar replaced. How do I determine the handlebar size? It appears that 26mm is the common size for older road bikes - but I ...
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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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Stainless steel bolts for brake calipers

I'm wanting to replace the bolts used to hold my cantilever brakes on as they've rusted and look pretty terrible on an otherwise clean bike. Is it ok to use stainless (A2-70 or A4-70) for these or ...
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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 ...
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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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Which road shifters will work with Shimano Deore (M)610 Groupset?

I'd like to get the Shimano Deore 610 Groupset 3x10 but want to run drop handlebars with brifters (brakes & shifters combined) but it seems like this is almost impossible... I've been told by one ...
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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 ...
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Can an imperfect hub make a disc rotor rub?

I had a 160mm disc rotor on a road bike that was rubbing a bit in one spot, not severely, but enough for me to notice. I've tried to true it a few times over the past couple months with little ...
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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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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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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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Could someone help me identify this bike?

I would much appreciate it if someone could help me identify this bike? The decals says Viner, but I think the bike is from a different manufacture. Here are some images:
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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?
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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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How to fit BB bearings to install Ultegra Crank on road bike Wilier Cento 1

I've bought a used Wilier Cento 1 carbon road bike frame (not the new Cento1SR, but the previous model). Now I would like to transfer all Ultegra 6700 groupset components from my existing bike to it. ...
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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 ...