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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Straightening bladed spokes

I have a wheel set with bladed spokes and they regularly become twisted such that the spokes are no longer lined up with their thin side to the wind, as indented. They twist so that the broad side of ...
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Best season to get a Bike on clearance

I'm shopping for a new road bike, probably a Cannondale Synapse or a SuperSix Evo Carbon. Since this is around the time the new models for 2017 are going to come in, shouldn't this be the time when I'...
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Maxing out on gears [duplicate]

I have an older specialized bike from 2001 that I ride and race on with a gearing of Shimano 53/39 and 9-speed cassette 12/26. On my regular weekly rides I end up maxing out on my gears and can't get ...
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What makes one road tire have a less “bouncy” ride than another?

When I replaced my rear tire this week, I expected an almost intangible improvement in weight, rolling resistance, and grip. However, I have noticed a significantly less "bouncy" ride. The new tire is ...
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Are road brakes designed not to brake too much?

All of my cycling fellows always told me that it's much more difficult to fully stop a road bike, compared to a mountain bike, because "road brakes just don't work so well" (and perhaps because of ...
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Tips for having partner drive support.

I am hoping to get some tips and suggestions for having a partner drive support for long rides (training or touring). Is it best to plan spots that they will meet you and can get to your location of ...
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Difference between road & mountain drivetrain

Basically MTB and road bikes have different brand parts (like deore / XT; Sora / Utegra etc). What are the main differences between the 2 types, that will make it incompatible? Are there things ...
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Carry road bike inside an SUV

I'm in the process of getting a road bike. I already have a SUV with interior space large enough to carry a road bike. Worst case, I might have to remove the front tire and place it horizontally. Are ...
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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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How long should a road tyre hold its pressure?

How long should a road tyre be able to maintain a pressure of around 100psi, and what factors are likely to reduce this time? Background: My tyre pressures are consistently dropping to around 60psi ...
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Does anyone know the model of this Legnano bike?

Hi everyone, I've recently just bought this bike for a really good price with the intention to work on it (a new paint job etc..) yet, I can't seem to figure out the model of the bike. I've done ...
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What is the problem with adjusting brake levers to end their travel “too close” to the handlebars?

I've recently increased my cycling (as a form of alternate transportation far more so than a sport). I got a nicely rebuilt old Schwinn converted to take STI shifters. Now that I've spent the time ...
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What cleaner and oil should I use on my bike chain

Hope everyone is well. I need to clean and oil my chain as its getting a little clunky when I’m changing gears. I have no idea what I should be cleaning it with and then what I should oil with. Any ...
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Is it worth time to rebuild an old steel frame?

I found an old Favorit racing bike. I didn't weigh it without all the parts but I find it pretty light, and it has a nice classic look. It is however really rusty (superficial damage only). Right now ...
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Replacement seatpost clamp for Saturae seatpost

I have destroyed the clamp that connects the seatpost with the saddle on my Mekk. The seatpost is Saturae. Can someone tell me what type of clamp i need and where I can get it? Its a one bolt seat ...
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Can someone help me to identify this bike model

It's a "Focus" road bike, from 2013 or 2014 (I think). Can someone tell me the exact model ? Thanks a lot !
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some resources for a bianchi [closed]

I've got a 1981 (i'm told) bianchi 10-speed road bike. I am having trouble left and right. is there anything as basic as a site wherein i could provide the serial number and get some general ...
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Upgrading straight handlebars to drop handlebars

I have a two-and-a-half year old Giant FCR 3 (with a road-bike-like frame and thin tires; it's somewhere in the loosely-defined "hybrid" range) that I use to commute to work, twenty-five miles round-...
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Can I use a 3x10 shifter/brake lever on a 3x8 bike?

I have a 3x8 road bike, but mistakenly bought a 3x10 Shimano derailleur/brake lever. Will it work or should I exchange?
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Frame with bottle cage boss ripped out - how serious is the damage?

I'm a huge fan of Greg Lemond so naturally when this frame showed up in my local Facebook page with just the frame and headset, no fork. I got very excited. The seller says that the bottle cage boss ...
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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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Cyclocross bike as fast as a roadbike?

Next year i would like to commute by bicycle. I need to buy a new bike, but i don't know if to buy a roadbike or a cyclocross bike. I live in a more rural area where not every road is tarred perfectly ...
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TdF - Mountain stages without a front derailleur?

An article on VeloNews about EPO use featured the following photo of Lance Armstrong from Stage 8 of the 2003 Tour de France: I noticed that Lance does not have a front derailleur. His left shifter ...
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700c 28er - same as 29er?

I thought that all 700c/622 wheels were "29er" compatible or basically the same size; 622mm. I had the tire off a Mavic Aksium wheel yesterday and was surprised that it is labeled 700c 28''. Is ...
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I have a trekking bike. Should I buy a road bike to train for a race?

I have a trekking bike (similar to this one : http://www.hervis.at/products/product?code=BASE:1842986&referer=at-bike-cross ) and I plan to join some triathlon events in the future. I try to do ...
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Broken Cogset-Back Wheel will not turn when pedaling

I have an older road bike. I noticed that when I tried to go up large hills a few years ago, I would pedal but the back wheel wouldn't get any power. Now the wheel will not turn at all when I am ...
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Why are my quill pedal cages “wobbling”?

The plates and connectors on my old quill pedals "move around" in relation to the pedal axle itself: In the photo below, I'm pushing the pedals to opposite sides to show how the pedal cage "distorts". ...
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Can someone help me identify this Serotta model?

so I have recently acquired a Serotta bike from a friend of mine and am having a really hard time finding out what year and model it is. All I can seem to discover is that the frame is made by ...
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Changing 700x35C tires with 25mm?

I'm riding on a hybrid bike with 700x35mm tires which is ideal in the city. Every now and then I could go on a ride outside of the city, covering distances in the vicinity of 80km and doing some ...
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Does this used bike have visible issues?

I've been riding on a Cannondale Carbon Synapse since 2012 for 2,000+ miles and need a replacement and upgrade. I'm looking for used bikes since I can't afford the cost of a higher end bike (with an ...
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Can these shifters be fixed? Scratches?

I got into an accident where my handlebars got bent. They are very firm and do not seem to budge with force, but I'm a small guy. Can they be fixed? Can I do it myself? What tools would I need? How ...
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Shimano Claris vs 105?

I'm planning to get my first road bike as I have been putting a lot of miles into my hybrid. Did a century last Sunday. Altogether I have done around 5k miles on my trek hybrid. So I thought getting a ...
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Campagnolo rear mech with Sram groupset

Is it possible to install a Campagnolo Record 11 speed mechanical rear derailleur on a bike that is otherwise equipped with a Sram Force 11 speed groupset? Has anyone ever used a similar setup and if ...
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Do one-sided clip-in pedals have a bit more friction and inefficiency than alternatives?

Moving from old style pedals years ago, to when I took up cycling again more recently, I noticed a difference when oiling the bike, while doing maintenance. After oiling an old style pedal, I would ...
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Is it normal for seat stays on new CAAD12 frame to be slightly warped/not straight?

The seat stays on my brand new Cannondale CAAD12 frame are slightly warped (not straight and slightly different on both sides), especially around the welding spots for the rear brake mount. I could ...
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Disassembling crank on a 2006 Trek Pilot 2.1

I'm trying to disassemble the crankset on my 2006 Trek Pilot 2.1; the bike has all OEM parts. The crank is a Bontrager race crankset, which I'm to understand is a a rebranded Truvativ crank. For a ...
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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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Does the chain direction make a difference?

Recently, I helped a friend install a new chain on her road bike, and for the first time read the instructions for installing one. It seems to claim that there's a forward direction, and that it ...
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Road Bike Wheel Replacement

Simple question for a new cyclist. I want to change my wheelset to these (http://www.rolwheels.com/wheels/wheel/volant-r-t). Will they be compliant with my current bike? (https://www.norco.com/bike-...
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Unknown Balfa Road Bike

I have a Balfa road bike which I cannot find any information on or pictures anywhere. I would like some help identifying the bike model, the original parts, and the frame. What I have found so far: ...
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How can I increase my speed on my hybrid bike?

I have a Specialized hybrid bike, and when I'm out biking with friends who are on road bikes, I'm always lagging behind. Besides just plain getting better at biking, which of the following would make ...
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Map app for avoiding gravel roads [closed]

I use Google for mapping out long distance tours in areas I don't know. Often it takes me on gravel roads. I can't tell from the app that is not really road bike friendly till I get there. This can ...
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Uphills and downhills vs a flat

I started the debate with my brother asking him, "If you had to do a 20km ride around a circle I.e at the end of your ride you arrive at the same place you started, would you rather cycle on a flat or ...
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Do all 10-speed chains fit 3x10?

I'm wondering if all 10-speed chains fit to 3x10. A lot of webshops say that the chain is "for road bikes 2x10" or something like that. Or nothing at all. The chain I have right now (Shinano CN HG-54) ...
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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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Starter Road Bike for Tall Man

I'm a marathoner that is interested in mixing in some biathlons and triathlons, but I am having trouble finding a starter bike (< $1500) made for a tall man. I am 6'6". Any brands and models that ...
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What to pack for small 500km touring?

I recently bought BTWIN Triban 520 (drop handlebars) for exploring into road biking and decided the best way to do it would be probably touring. I'm not looking to race but probably for endurance ...
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I have a bicycle that is yet to have been identified by anyone

It's a five speed with a Nervar crankset The rear derailleur is a Huret Allivet The single friction shifter lever is located on the downtube Remnants of a "Made in France" sticker cling to life close ...
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What to do when a car turns into a side road (etiquette)?

If a car is turning right onto a side road and not an intersection, what must I do? Perhaps I am 25 feet/7.5 meters (and another cyclist just passed the car that's turning right), should I A) Try ...
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Planning to purchase a road bike

I am 57 years old, 182 cm and weigh 105 kg. I have been cycling for the past 5 years, mostly with a city bike, Trek 7.5 FX. After a trial of a long distance lasting a week with that bike, I realized ...