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Help identifying this Freeagent bike?

so I’m considering the purchase of this bike but all the information about it provided is that it is a Freeagent bike. There are asking $150 and depending on the model/year that may or may not be a ...
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Road bikes with flared bars

I recently rode a road bike where the brake levers had a slight outward tilt. Unfortunately, I forgot to ask what kind of handlebar it was, but I found it very comfortable. It had a slope like the ...
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How do I evaluate a Crit race (based on stats)

So I recently did a Crit race (I only do 1 a year in my home town) this year I upgraded the bike and it's fitted with a power meter so I can see the race statistics. The race was locals only. and ...
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Is it allowed to push a bicycle during a race?

I have searched the Internet and found that pushing the bicycle in a race is allowed in two scenarios. If there is some mechanical fault developed in the bicycle, or if there is some technical ...
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Is there a reason why it was said that the distance between the seat tube and the rear wheel should be as small as possible on a road bike?

I recently saw a steel road bike in a road bike shop where the distance was well over 1cm. 99.9% of old road bikes had a very small distance (~5mm). At the time, they thought it was more aerodynamic. ...
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Under what circumstances is a domestique a rebel (or even a traitor)?

In 2021 Julian Alaphilippe, rather than attempt to win the stage for himself, and knowing that he can very well be a contender, assisted instead Mark Cavendish (by leading him—letting him draft—to ...
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Is there a difference between truing a bike wheel and balancing it?

When pro cyclists were riding at 70-80 kph at past TdFs, I didn't wonder. Now that they are hitting 100-110 kph, I am getting curious (and also praying for them, but that's a separate issue). Car ...
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Grand Tour rider holding two jerseys - what do they wear?

In the case when a grand tour rider is holding two or more jerseys, say the yellow (overall leader) and the polkadot (mountain leader), do they get to chose which they wear during the race and on the ...
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What help can the domestiques provide on mountain climbs?

Why is Primož Roglič reported to have assisted Jonas Vingegaard in gaining three minutes over Tadej Pogačar during yesterday’s Tour de France 2022 Stage 11, and why would Pogačar ask for the help of ...
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Tyre pressure aero wheel

I don’t know what to do in this situation with my road bike. My aero wheel say max 103 psi on it but my tyre range say 115-145 psi. I weigh 180 lbs. Do I inflate them to 100 psi or 115?
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Why do racers follow the leader in a curve rather than take the shortest path?

Quite often in road racing cyclists will create a C-shape curve on the road, following the path taken by the peloton leader. source: youtu.be/61LHrIa-NnU?t=82 The peloton leader seems to create this ...
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Can anyone help source a quote. Something like, “Even gears are for concrete mixers.”

I feel like I heard this quote from an old school cyclist, like a Belgian who spent a lot of years wearing a poncho or some such. I could also swear that I found the source of the quote a few years ...
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Minimize puncture risk during race. Should I change the tyres?

I used these tyres for one year/ about 5000 km. They look fine/ok (not very worn), BUT, I got a first puncture two weeks ago. While looking at the tyre I noticed it has some cracks here and there, as ...
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Why are endurance bikes so bulky or wide nowadays?

I have been visiting lately some shops checking for a new endurance bike and at the same trying some more "racy" models. For example by Canyon or by Rose. I really like the race models, but ...
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Why the backwards fork?

While reading this Wikipedia article, I noticed some photos of racers, all from the early 20th century, riding bikes with the forks installed backwards. I count at least 3 of them, so it wasn't just a ...
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Last no helmet ride in the Tour de France

When was the last TDF where riders were allowed to ride with no helmet? Was this mandated across all grand tours at the same time?
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Are neutral service bikes actually useful?

In the races I've watched, occasionally a rider who has suffered a mechanical will be given a neutral service bike to continue racing on. I always wonder if this does any good because the rider never ...
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How can I reach upto Olympic level competitions?

I am 20 years old. My height is 1.7 meters (5 foot 7 inches). I live in India. I have cycled since I was a kid just for enjoyment. I have no idea how I will reach to world level competition like ...
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Do I stand any chance in a race?

Unfortunately, I know I'll be at a disadvantage in racing because I haven't been able to find or create a team, as all of the other people I know who are into cycling are men. I weigh 146 lbs, and my ...
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What's this red cylinder thing below the front axle?

Criggie: What's the red cylindrical thing on the drive side of the front fork? Is it part of the timing system? Carel: They used 'simple' speed sensors in those days, no GPS! It is the sensor with a ...
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Jan Ullrich's TT bike in la Vuelta 1999: why the bigger rear wheel?

What was the thinking behind having a bigger rear wheel on a TT bike back then?
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How to access bearings on this headset?

Since a while my racing bike seems to have delopped a little crackling noise in my headset. I thought servicing the headset bearings might be a logical first step. Unfortunately, when I opend it up I ...
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Does rocking the bike side to side when e.g. sprinting or climbing help?

Or would more power go through the pedals if the rider held the frame still/upright? Or is there little difference? How would it be measured and what are the forces acting on the bike when rocking ...
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Formula hub - fixed cone on the axle

Does anybody have the diagram for a generic Formula hub axle assembly? It has a fixed cone on one side of the axe with no spanner flats. I'm not sure which side of the hub this is supposed to go on ...
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Podium girls: when did they first appear?

This is a question related to competitive cycling. I would like to narrow it down to the historical aspect. I am interested in the political and social aspects, but I would gently ask to leave them ...
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What are UCI categories for cyclocross events?

Having more than 10 years of MTB experience, I want to try my first CX race. However when I google for CX events in my country, the results contain some scary codenames called UCI C1 and UCI C2. In ...
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Disc brake equipped time trial bikes in grand tour

Why did team Deceuninck–Quick-Step ride disc brake equipped time trial bikes in a relatively flat course through Brussels in stage 2 of the 2019 Tour de France?
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Old bike - Chainring bolts

I have an old "Favorit" racing bike from Czechoslovakia and I'm missing some bolts on the chainring. I went trough some bike shops and couldn't find a replacing one. The bolts diameter is slightly ...
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Touring vs race bike [closed]

I am Fabrizio, completely new in this forum full of experts, considering myself somebody who wants to take his very first steps at biking on the roads. I started to live in the Netherlands since 2 ...
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Are you required to cross the finish line on a bike?

Suppose you get a flat 100m-1km (or some distance that you can sprint/run) from the finish line. Can you leave your bike and run the remaining distance to the finish line? Or are you required to carry ...
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Can a team car ride ahead of the peloton to support a cyclist?

Suppose someone is solo-ing or is part of a break-away group that is several minutes ahead of the peloton. And they get a flat tire. Is the team car allowed to ride ahead of the peloton to reach the ...
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Expected time in cycling race

I am about to participate in my first cycling race. The organizers ask me about my expected average speed, presumably for creating suitable groups of comparable speed. I just started cycling on a ...
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How come pairs are slower than solo riders at the Transcontinental Race?

As far as I understand, the control points are the same for pairs and individuals, so they both race a comparable length (the precise length will depend on the routing skill of the riders). However ...
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Time trial racing is superior to road racing, because it is more honest [closed]

Is TT racing is a more honest form of racing? Road bike races are just a bunch of guys all crowded together trying to hide from the air behind the guy in front of them. Not showing honest speeds I ...
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Is a road bike good for an Ironman race

I am a race bike beginner and I am considering to buy a road bike. Is it doable to ride a road bike for an Ironman race or should I consider a Time-Trial bike?
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Do pros ride with 1X configuration on some courses?

I'm looking at the first stage of the Tour of California, which is on a flat course (around Long Beach, USA). Since there's no real dénivelé (french, "difference in height"), there is no need for a ...
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Does the fox hunt game exist professionally?

I've just recently seen the new Tomb Raider movie and during the start of it, Lara is working as a cycle courier. Some members of it want to run a game called fox hunt, where you can win money if you ...
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Drop stem on endurance bike to get the geometry closer to road performance?

So I'm planning to get this bike, possibly the later 2017/2018 model: http://www.polygonbikes.com/id/bikes/description/2016-strattos-s3-black#spec Which is a well known local brand and practically ...
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Which is faster, going all out then burning out, or steady pace all along?

I know in a race, pacing is key so you can always have your power for the last sprint/climbs and ultimately at least finish the race. However, strictly speaking on a solo ride let's say 10 km, and in ...
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How should a competitive cyclist approach hills?

In this answer Daniel wrote, Mostly what ChrisW said. If you want to become a competitive cyclist you might want to do it differently, but if your goal is simply to enjoy your cycling while ...
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Replacing thick tire with thin tire

I ride a Hero Sprint, with tire size 26 inch. The wheels are thick and become slow, given my cycle's weight. Is it possible for me to switch to thinner tires? If yes, what are the plus and minus ...
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Are there rules for how many riders can be in a World Tour team?

Pro teams take nine riders to a grand tour, and fewer riders to other races. Of course, not every rider will ride every race. Is there an upper limit to the total number of riders a team can have at ...
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Why does the Tour de France have a minimum weight limit on the bicycles?

Why does the TdF have a minimum bicycle weight of 6.8kg? Does it act like the F-1 limit on engine specifications in an attempt to reduce the role of technology and cost expenditures? If this a UCI ...
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Why are puncture-resistant tires not used in professional races?

Having used with great satisfaction puncture-resistant tires for more than 8 years, and having seen how it can happen than in professional races tires can be punctured, I wonder why are puncture-...
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Waiver for medication during race?

During the 2017 Tdf, Tim Wellens abandoned during stage 15 due to bad allergies and not being able to breathe. The commentators said that his team would not "give him a waiver" to take allergy meds. ...
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Attacking during a race when your competitor has a mechanical failure?

This question was spurred by the incident that happened during the 9th stage of the 2017 TdF when Fabio Aru attacked Chris Froome right as he experienced a mechanical problem with his bike. The ...
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Mechanic and top rider's bike on right side of team car - why?

During the 2017 TdF one of the commentators said the that a teams GC contender or their best rider always has their spare bike carried on the right side of the team car, on the roof, above the team ...
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How much does wind affect the speed of a professional cycling peloton?

It's a well known fact that due to air resistance increase of speed on a bike takes non linear increase of power, so the huge marginal increase of power needed to go faster while riding at around 40-...
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Are bicycles with wide tires bad for road racing?

I have Schnell Damping 26, which is a mountain bike with front and rear suspension. Some people suggest me that thick tire bikes are not good for road racing. What is the reason? Also, some suggest ...
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Can I use my Endurance bike for my first race?

I recently got into road cycling, my first and only bike purchase has been a Scott endurance bike. Now that I am getting more and more comfortable on a road bike, a couple of guys I group ride with, ...
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