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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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Looking for name of Schwinn Le Tour variant above "Super" (mid 1980s)

I am looking for the name of Schwinn Le Tour variant above "Super" (mid 1980s). I remember perusing Consumer Reports (and ended up getting a Super Le Tour) c. 1985. At that time, there were ...
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Does my road bike fit me? I'm scared of injuries on long cycles!

I've been offered a second hand road bike from a friend, which is a good deal and much lighter than my old teman bike, but can't work out if it's right! It's apparently a 54" bike, while I'm 5&...
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New carbon road bike - scratches discovered on chain stay

New carbon road bike (~1 month), rode less than 200 miles. When cleaning the bike, I discovered several scratches on the chain stay, near the cassette. Could this be due to a manufacturing defect, a ...
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Specialized Ruby 2012 replacement Front Crank/Chainring/Hub

I would like to convert SRAM Power Spline with 50/34 POWERGLIDE chainrings to a 50/30 T combo. It has 110mm so will not accept 30T. What crank assembly/bottom bracket and chainrings should I use to ...
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How long does it take to add 2 oz sealant through valve?

I'm new to tubeless tires. I have a road bike with 700/26 tires. I am refreshing the sealant in my tires. I removed the valve core no problem. I am using a syringe and loaded it up with 2 oz. of ...
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Which freehub do I need to work with the CS-R8000?

I have a 2005 Specialized Transition Elite that I am converting to a standard road bike by replacing the handlebars/shifters and replacing the entire drivetrain with the R8000 Ultegra group set. The ...
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Downtube Dent, should I worry about i? Trek Emonda ALR4

I bought a bike and probably the postman dented the downtube, should I try to return the bike or do you think dent like this is okay? The bike is TREK Emonda ALR4. Bought for half the price of new one....
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Double tyre for a turbo trainer

I was wondering about a way in which I can use a tyre system with a turbo trainer such that I can easily swap from turbo trainer to road without much work. The idea is to use the turbo trainer maybe ...
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Is it downright dangerous to ride a road bike with a 35-40 mm stem?

A short bike stem is common, and desirable, on MTBs (increased maneuverability) and a long bike stem is common on road bikes (lower body position), but is an ultra-short bike stem downright dangerous ...
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What's wrong with my campy derailleur?

I'm trying to tune my campy chroma 10 speed but it wont shift to either the 2 highest gears or 2 lowest gears. Could it be that the drivetrain is bent? Is this due to a bad hanger?
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Surface scratch on carbon steerer

Following my previous post, I managed to find an identical new fork replacement from a reseller since the communication with the company was absolutely terrible... When I unpacked the fork though, I ...
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Wheel scratched carbon on ride

Wheel scratched carbon seat tube Hi everyone, Recently my wheel scratched my carbon seat tube as it loosened at the end of my ride. Was wondering if it is safe to ride. Imgur has 4 images, 2 are below ...
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Searching for vintage piece

I'm trying to repair my vintage gazelle impala bike and I'm missing just one piece :( Does anyone know where I can find the piece seen in the photo? It's part of the brake cable anchor bolt. Thank you!...
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Carbon seatpost stuck due to damaged grub screw

I have an Orbea Orca 2024 with Di2 and the grub screw for adjusting seat height has potential thread damage and it won't come out. The bike mechanic explained that the reason the grub screw went so ...
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Are wider tires on a road bike a good idea?

I live in a city but also like to go into a cross-country areas as well. I've also noticed that there are rare models of road-bikes that offer an option to install wide tires: Oh, and you can fit a ...
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Fork size and suitability

I'm looking to replace the front fork on my 2007 Specialized Roubaix Comp. Here are the Specialized specs: Fork Length (full) = 375mm Offset =47mm Head Tube Length = 140mm Using a standard 700C ...
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improve speed and climbing Cannondale CAAD8 Ultra

I've had a Cannondale CAAD8 for a few years. I don't know what year the bike is and I don't know what the derailleur is. It just says Shimano on it. It looks like either Sora or Tiagra. I know it has ...
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Weird noise when pedalling

I noticed a weird noise when pedalling. I had my road bike with me when traveling (airplane), and I just came back from a trip. I only had to take the wheels off when packing it. Once I assembled the ...
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In the absence of mud and sand, does installing (rugged) 35mm tires on a road bike make it a gravel bike? [duplicate]

Can I buy a (105-based) road bike for a growing child, and when (from experience, after six months—sigh) it's too small for the child but just right for the parent, change its tires from 28mm to 35mm ...
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Reasonable daily distance for cycle touring?

Planning a bike packing with a friend immediately after finals, meaning we have no time to train. Will be cycling for around a month through Europe, on road bikes. I ride a lot but my friend hasn’t ...
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Considering an Upgrade: Mounting the Magicshine RN3000 on the RAVEMEN FR160 – A Practical Solution?

The RN3000 features an aluminum housing, contrasting with the plastic composition of the FR160. Why consider this configuration? Presently, my RN3000 is affixed to the MJ-627, yet it encounters ...
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Cannot figure out how to stop outer edge of front derailleur hitting chain

I have a Giant road bike with Shimano Ultegra gears. The outer side of the front derailleur is making contact with the chain, on both crank chain rings, when in the highest gear at the rear. I have ...
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Light crankset 50/34 road on Claris 8sp group [closed]

I want to build a light bike with a limited budget. I have a Claris group (without crankset) that is fine to me as it's a spare bike, so gearing is not too relevant. Weight is more relevant. I need a ...
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Paint chip or carbon crack [duplicate]

Looking at this bike to buy but I’m 3 hours away from where it is. Not sure if it’s a paint chip or a carbon crack, I asked how it happened and he said he was carrying it upstairs with his bike pump ...
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Pinarello FP3 30HM12K real or not? [closed]

https://link.marktplaats.nl/m2032857289 Is this Pinarello FP3 real or fake? Serial number: 30HM12K Who explain to me. See the comments under please.
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What are the drawbacks of having wider tires on endurance road bikes, as they may offer the same rolling resistance with lower pressure/more comfort?

It is often stated that wider (performance) tires offer less rolling resistance at the same pressure (or less pressure at the same rolling resistance, which is beneficial for comfort). The well known ...
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Do I Need a License for an Electric Bike?

Do I Need a License for an Electric Bike? Are There Age Restrictions for E-Bike Riders in New York city
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Choosing the right cassette

I have bought a Wahoo Kickr Core; I am seeking to get a cassette for my bike trainer. I have a Felt F95 Bike Pic road bike with the following part details: Rear Cassette - 8 cogs (The biggest cog ...
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Frame size of Cannondale Synapse

I need to sell my husband's Cannondale Synapse. Can anyone tell me how I identify its frame size, please?
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Leaving bike outside in -20 degrees

I live in Montreal and every year I leave for 6 weeks in the winter to get a little break. Is it ok for my bike to be on my balcony (kind of covered) during these 6 weeks where the temperature gets ...
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My Upgrade Plans [closed]

About that Nishiki Sport, here are my plans for it: Phase 1: Upgrade wheels to 700c from 27". I already have them. Upgrade brakes to accommodate different size wheels. Modify to 7-speed ...
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Help identifying brand of road bike frame

Last year I bought this second-hand bike, but I was a total newbie and didn't realize that the branding was just stickers until I received it. It's still a good bike and I'm having fun with it, but I'...
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Bottom bracket differences

what is the benefit of a more expensive bottom bracket? I just purchased a used Cube Agree C:62 (previous version of https://www.cube.eu/.../d3c24ded01f0b52c27caca216a293153...) without a bottom ...
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I have a e bike tricycle. Its butchered. I need a wiring diagram

So I found a Segway trike at the dump. It's all there but it looks like some body tried to turn it into a 48 volt system and I do believe that it was originally a 36volt. My next suspicion is that ...
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What could the source of this ticking sound be?

I have an annoying ticking sound that I need some help with. I've read through a lot of suggestions online and two bike shops have failed to solve it. The bike is a brand new custom build (Trek Emonda ...
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SRAM Rival Crankset with Shimano Chain

I want to upgrade the crankset on my gravel bike. Currently I have square-taper Ty501-2 crankset with reduced axle length (123 -> 113mm) to give ~44mm chainline compatible with the road FD (...
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Tubless tyre set up leaking air

I am setting my bike up tubeless. I have been able to seat my tyre and can inflate to around 40psi, but air is leaking out the sides of the tyre quickly. How can I prevent this. Will they seal ...
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What is a safe weight for front rack + luggage for a steel race bike fork?

I frequently commute with a backpack on my '90s steel race bike, and encounter the usual issues of sweaty back and tired shoulders. The riding position is also not perfect for carrying a backpack on ...
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Old bike: replaced rear axle but the tire goes off the axis when I get on it

I just broke and then replaced my rear axle on an old timey race bike I bought online. Everything seems to go smoothly when the bike is up on a stand or on at my side, but once I get on it and try to ...
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Can a bike fit compensate for 10-30mm deviations in reach and stack from a known, comfortable bike?

I find the Trek FX Sport 4 to be comfortable but much less fun to ride than the Specialized Sirrus 4! Unfortunately, on the Sirrus I feel like I'm arching my back and want to reach further forward. ...
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different front and rear tires for bike packing

I plan to do a 1000 km bike packing/touring around West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. The route consist of 70% tarmac (transition between towns through jungle mountain pass) and 30% gravel (Smooth,chunky ...
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I inherited a new bike; when I coast my leg shakes and that thigh burns. What is going on?

My mom bought a brand-new Fuji road bike a few years ago - but because she only used it a couple times, she's now given it to me (female, 31). She's a few inches taller, so I adjusted the seat level ...
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Which Wheelset to upgrade to a Gravel-Bike?

Atm I ride a "Endorfin Speed III" Roadbike and I'd like to buy a new aluminium wheelset so I can use it as a gravel bike too. I just do not know what wheelset, tire combination fits and ...
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Are there cases of damage cause by shipping?

A few weeks from now my road bike will be shipped from South Korea to China, and I'm nervous that it will be damaged in transit. I'm curious to know if anybody has any anecdotes that tell how the bike ...
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Small rust holes on bottom side of top tube: is this steel frame salvageable?

I was planning on getting this old steel frame powder coated, but the guy doing the powder coating noticed some small holes in the top tube after he stripped it. Does this indicate the top tube is ...
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What do these specs mean? I have a Cannondale Road Bike 700x23c

I've been trying to find the model of my bike but I can't even find the year. 700x23c 175 EPE 45% PU 55% T 430 700 23-622
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11 speed XT mountain cassete with 105 derailleur and shifter

Will an 11 speed mountain cassette (like the CS-M8000) have the same indexing as an 11 speed shimano 105 derailleur and shifter? I know the cassette needs a spacer to fit on an 11 speed road hub, ...
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How much faster would I go with a better road bike?

I have a Cannondale CAAD9-5. Over an identical distance with identical power output, how much faster would I go with a better bike? And what are the things that would lead to the greater speed (just ...
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What are the specs for a 1980 Schwinn Superior Road Bike?

Generally referred to as the Baby Paramount made with Reynolds 531 frame tubing and or Nervar dropouts and some of Campagnolo Gran Sport components and a Brooks saddle…
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Can I exchange my 105 r7000 crankset for a r7100 crankset?

Currently running a full 105 r7000 group on my bike. I would like to swap my existing 172.5mm 105 r7000 crankarms for 165mm ones. They seem to be very hard to come by, especially the right one, so I ...
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