Questions tagged [road-bike]

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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Ultegra Di2 rear shifting randomly stops working

I've been chasing this ghost for a past 2 weeks now. I own a road bike with Ultegra di2 and rear shifting stopped working (kind of) 2 weeks ago. You press lever, lights on junction box illuminates ...
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What else do I need to change if I upgrade my Sora groupset?

I have a Specialized Allez 2019 or 2020 with Sora groupset, but the crankset is Praxis 50/32, and the brakes are Axis. I changed the rear derailleur to a RD 5700 and I'm looking forward to upgrading ...
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Can I use 8s Claris R2000 Rear Derailleur on a 10 Speed Cogs (11-28t) and 10s brifters/sti? I'm using an dropbar. It will be work or it will be trash?

A 8s claris roadbike derailleur on 10s cogs and shifter. It will be work? Or not?
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PINARELLO F10 bottom bracket help

Need some help please. Recently, I bought a used PINARELLO F10 frame set; it didn’t come with BB. Here, I have been trying to not break my bank; my budget is pretty small after this expensive purchase....
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Help Identifying Bike Frame?

Trying to identify this bike frame so I can build it with compatible components, AND so I can calculate it's value. Any help massively appreciated.
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I pedal on the flat surface of Shimano 105 SPD SL

I've been cycling on the flat surface of my SPD SL pedals. I never intend to use the clip mechanism. Should I just use flat pedals for better comfort and speed?
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How to install Elite Custom Race Plus bottle cages onto the Giant TCR frame?

I bought two Elite Custom Race Plus bottle cages for my Giant Advanced SLR frame. I have difficulties installing the vertical bottle cage, as the front derailleur mount blockes the space for the ...
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I bought my first road bike, and it hurts my back and hands

I bought my first road bike (from a MTB) about a week ago, and I’ve given it 130 kms so far. However, I’ve been experiencing lower back pain and lots of weight on my hands (along with shoulder and ...
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Giant Power Pro chainring compatibility

I have Giant Power Pro on Ultegra R8000 crankset. Does anyone know if the Giant Power Pro is compatible with other chainrings?
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Do I need to replace bottom bracket and/or cranks for road-to-fixed conversion?

I have a vintage race frame with a Shimano Dura Ace 7400 series double-ring crankset on a Shimano bottom bracket of some kind. I intend to use the frame to build a fixed gear bike. As I understand, ...
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What is the model of this bike?

I am looking for the model of this bike. I'm considering buying it, but the owner doesn't know what brand/model it is. The bottom tube seems to have lost the brand name, but on the front of the frame, ...
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Recommendation for rear derailleur replacement for a hybrid bike

I recently broke my rear Derailleur in my Super Sport 700c SCHWINN S35408M10DSG-LG 7-speed hybrid bike. I tried the Shimano Altus MTB rear Derailleur but I don't like it as much, it feels a bit harder ...
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I need to know age, retail price and manufacturer of my "Flanders Team Relay" road bike [closed]

20 speed Flanders Team Relay road bike w/ Shimano Tiagra derailleur, Daytona Campagnola brakes & Mavic Race rims
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What is this hole used for in this nameplate for Shimano 105 5800 Brake Shifter?

That hole circled in red, what is it for?
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Should I rewrap my peeling handlebar tape? Is this a job for a bike shop?

So after a couple of years of use or around 2000 miles, the handlebar tape is looking a bit worse for wear. Should I change it before it gets worse and is this a simple job or best to get a bike shop ...
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Does my shifter need to be replaced after crash damage?

Following my accident, does my left shifter need to be replaced as the area could crack?
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Passing parked cars with oncoming traffic - UK Highway Code

This is a tricky one and a problem I suspect others encounter, but I can't find a definitive answer so... On my cycle (in the UK), I have a few streets which are narrow with parked cars on the left (...
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Claris crankset compatibility with 105 components

I have a 2016 Synapse with a Claris groupset which now I am upgrading to 105. I have been able to find most components except crankset and FD. I might be able to survive without replacing the FD for ...
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Orbea Orca Aero 2022 frame size

I have recently bought Orbea Orca Aero 2022. After a visit to a bikefitter, he recommended to get me 53cm frame with 90cm stem and 172.5mm cranks. However, after receiving a bike my first impressions ...
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Is a 700-23C 23/622 Road Bike Tire appropriate for a 25-28/622 Road Bike Wheel?

Simply Put, the tire bead won't hook into the wheel. The issue occurs with BOTH Wheels. I thought one rim might be compromised, but NOT both. When inflating the wheels, the Tube starts to push ...
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Dual pivot rear brakes: Right pad in lowest position still too close to tire

I have dual pivot brakes on my Shimano 105 road bike. The wheels are Shimano RS010's. For some reason, the right pad on the rear brake is too high vertically, it's basically hitting the tire, but it's ...
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How Can I Get A Troublesome Tubeless Tire to Inflate and Seat on the Bead?

I have been using tubeless for about five years now (mostly road, but also gravel and MTB) and between working on my bikes and my friends' bikes as well. I can usually get tubeless tires seated and ...
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Can I fit 25 MM tires on Bontrager Paradigm Comp 25 wheels? [duplicate]

I am switching from a tubeless 32mm tire to a 25mm tire set with tubes. The tubeless is messy and with the number of flats we experience I feel going back to tubes will be easier.
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Vintage Eddy Merckx identification

I have a vintage Eddy Merckx bike I bought about 5 years ago. The guy who originally bought it apparently rode it once, couldn’t get his foot out of the toe basket at a stop sign, fell over and was ...
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Seat rail clamp does not lock in the angle of the saddle

Just put together this bike which is a VB-r-068, i've tightened it to the point where I can't tighten it anymore yet I can still tilt it and what not. I've greased the threads since I thought that ...
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Risk for road bike to gravel bike conversion

I'm considering changing the wheels on my specialised road bike, from road tyres to gravel tyres. This is to facilitate some light bike-packing in the summer months. My main concern is that the road ...
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How to choose frame size as a non-flexible person?

I've been commuting regularly to work during the last four years and I would like to get a road bike to replace my old city bike and enjoy some cycling on the weekends. I've been looking which bike ...
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Nervex Lugged steel frame identification

I bought this old frame recently and have stripped it down. I am trying to identify the frame maker/brand if possible. Please see photos below of the parts and frame junctions. Info relating to ...
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increase stem height of giant tcr advanced 2

Is it possible to increase stem height of the Giant TCR advanced 2? I want to make the bike less aggressive so I don't have to bend down so much don't care about being aero. https://www.giant-...
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Crankset for single-speed vs racing bicycle

What is the difference between a crankset for singlespeed bikes and one for racing bikes? If we assume that the teeth count is the same, would the SRAM S-Series be better than the SRAM Rival 1? ...
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If RAMROD were a mountain stage of the Tour de France how would the climbs be categorized?

The Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day (RAMROD) is a one-day ultra-marathon cycling event in the Pacific Northwest. It circumnavigates Mount Rainier National Park on a course that features 10,000 ...
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When to change quick release springs

The wife and I are newer to longer distance riding and have been learning along the way. While this might mean different things to different people, we are training for an Ironman and will do a half ...
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How do I prepare to ride 60 miles (100 km) a day for 8 days?

I'm taking part in charity bike ride which involves riding 60 miles (100 km) a day for 8 days at an average of 14 mph (22.5 km/h). I can do 69 miles but unsure of exactly how to ramp up the training ...
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What is the difference in rim width between road bikes and gravel rims?

But I know that the two bikes have different tire sizes, but I don't know why they are designed this way
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Rim brakes and rim wear outside the brake track

I have recently found out, that my rim brakes were slightly misaligned and the pads had developed an edge over some time and had worn a bit of paint outside the normal brake zone (see photos). It ...
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Why do most road bike sizes use the same wheel size?

I don't understand why virtually all road bike sizes use the same wheel size. To give an example, the Pinarello Dogma F12 comes in 13 different sizes, and, as one may guess, the smallest is ...
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Restoring vintage road bike - need help with brake choice/compatibility

I'm restoring this old bike that I found on the road side :). I can afford to get this one stolen.. unlike my beloved Trek Checkpoint. First thing is going to be the brakes. These look like side-pull ...
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What are the disadvantages of bicycle saddles with cut-outs?

I'm thinking about buying a new saddle and I have seen that you can still buy high-end saddles without any cut-out / relief channel. I was always advised that I should go for the latter ones since ...
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Road-size compatible shifter for Shimano Alfine 11

Can someone recommend a shifter for the Shimano Alfine 11 that is compatible with road-size (23.8mm) bars? The standard shifter (Shimano SL-S700) is designed for MTB-size (22.2mm) bars. Thank you!
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Help Identify this Specialized Bike - Allez?

Apparently this is a 2012 Specialized Allez Comp in Size 52. I cannot find any Allez models matching this photo. It claims to be Shimano 105. Any ideas? Thank you!
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Partial chainsuck on new bike

My partner has got a brand new bike and while pedalling under load it makes a loud "clunk" noise, as if changing gears but without a corresponding gear shift. After some investigation I ...
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Is my bottom bracket cracked?

I was inspecting my bike a couple of days ago and I found what seems like a crack on the bottom bracket welds (encircled below). I’ve ridden it for less than 150 kilometers. I know it’s hard to tell ...
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Tacx Thru Axle Adapter Confusion (thread)

I have just received my tacx e-thru adapter after waiting ages but it has a fine thread and doesn't seem to fit my bike. I have a Giant Deffy Advanced, do I need to get the 12x1.5? (142x12mm). On ...
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Which part(s) has the greatest slope of price per pound(kg)?

Just pulled the trigger on a Specialized Allez (61 frame) road bike, since I am getting back into riding. While the Allez does have a carbon-fiber fork and aluminum frame, I think the wheels could be ...
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Wax or ceramic coat disk brake caliper?

I am currently in the process of building a new road bike and I want to preserve the nice look of my new hydraulic Shimano Ultegra brake calipers. Normally I'd just coat the the area I want to ...
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Hi, what year were this two bikes made? serial number on seat clamp on frame is H180003 second one is M068662. thank you! [closed]

i need year they were made please!
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Can I run non-tubeless tyres as tubeless?

If the normal (non-tubeless) tyre holds air and sits firmly on the bead, are there any problems with running without a tube? This particular setup is with a Continental GP5000 (tube tyre model) and a ...
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How can I add cable tension to a Shimano 600 sidepull caliper brake on a 80s vintage road bike?

So I wanted to add cable tension to my rim brakes because I want to reduce the travel. I have small hands and don't have too much leverage on the hoods so if they actuated more easily then I would ...
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Do I need to replace the tire or just the innertube? And tire size question

I just got into cycling and I got a puncture yesterday. Regarding the puncture, I found 3 small shards of glass going through the tire and into the inner tube, now that I've removed them do I still ...
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I lost one of the rear rear derailleur hanger screws, what could be the cause, and is it safe to ride before I replace the bolt

I noticed that I lost one of the two small screws on the rear derailleur hanger attaching the hanger to the frame on my road bike. Might there be something wrong with my shifting that caused that? ...
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