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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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I want an old road bike to fix up that goes fast. Where do I start?

I would like to get into road biking with some co-workers who have fancy new road bikes. However, I prefer to buy an older bike from the 70s, 80s, or 90s because I like fixing up older stuff and I'm ...
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What are the benefits of purchasing a complete bike from a respectable brand? (Road cycling)

I've been into cycling (almost) my whole life. I've been riding BMX for over 20 years and since 5-6 years I've been doing a lot of road cycling. I ride contests, crits, TT's,... I've been looking to ...
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Is this a USPS LaTour Trainer? [on hold]

I purchased this GT bike at a local police auction, years ago. I'm told it is a bike that was used the second time the US cycling team was sponsored by the United States postal Service. Would someone ...
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What make road bike is this vintage 1980s bike?

The headbadge says "WORLD Japan" over a globe. Belleri handlebars, Shimano 600 frame. Lapize on pedal. Seat selle royal.
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Bicycle as SUV car?

I want to buy a bicycle which I can ride on road (through City, between two cities etc...), but I want a bicycle for offroad (not rough offroad). Something like SUV in car world. I know I can't find ...
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Repair vs replace my Trek 1.5

Just brought my 2010 Trek 1.5 into my LBS to get a tune up. They quoted me 475 based on needing to replace both rims as well as the slightly bent handlebars. Which gave me pause in that maybe I should ...
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What could be causing excessive friction in a new rear hub?

I recently had my bike (Focus Mares CX) serviced by my LBS, during which they replaced my wheels with a set of new Campagnolo Khamsin wheels. In the month since I had that done I've found it markedly ...
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New brakes for 90s road bike

I am riding 90s road bike with Shimano 105 dual-pivot brakes and brake levers, and 2x7 downtube shifters. Since braking becomes less and less reliable I want to replace both brakes and levers with ...
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Need help identifying a vintage road bike, possible Benotto 3000

I have this bike that I bought at a local store, I'm from Costa Rica> The manager sold it to me as a Benotto, but I can not find anything that tells me that it is apart from the stickers. The headtube ...
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I want to increase my gear range, will my front gears affect the cassette I can use?

I'm contemplating increasing my road bikes gear range. I have a race coming up that has some significant climbing. My question is if I want to increase the teeth on my rear cassette will that be ...
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My cassette model name doesn't seem to fit the actual cassette description.. (CS-HG50-9 and CS-HG500-10)

I have a Ridley Fenix classic bicycle that I bought second hand online. (all components are Shimano Tiagra) A year has passed and I figured I should really change the chain and cassette altogether. ...
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How do you bicycle the most efficiently on a road bicycle? [closed]

I assume this has been studied to no end for e.g. UCI governed bicycle racing, and probably by others as well. Simply: How do you ride the most efficiently, in the context of putting down power? I'...
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Sealed bearings characteristics for road bike wheels?

I have fulcrum racing quattro road bike wheels. I'm changing my bearings quite often since I noticed that in general they last around 5000 km (over winter). I'm usualy using SKF 61903 bearings from ...
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Gearing preferences of men vs. women on road bikes

Is there evidence that men and women prefer the same or different gearing when riding a road bike? In other words, in the same conditions, would both men and women generally ride in the same gear or ...
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What is the brand/model of my bike frame?

Does anyone know what brand/model is bike from photos or serial number?
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Budget brands for gears in India [closed]

A total newbie here. I'm planning to upgrade a single speed to geared one road/tour bike. I haven't decided the gear system though. I guess I'll decide that upon availability of the parts. Well, I ...
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How much stiffness points on Shimano shoe is before it is noticeable?

I'm debating over getting the older R171 or the newer but cheaper RP501. R171 is listed as 10 stiffness index while the RP501 is 8, but it has boa dial and is the newer design and everything. Can ...
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700x25c tubes inside 700x23c tyre

I'm riding on 700x23c tyres with 700x23c tubes, road bike. I've obtained a box of 700x25c tubes. While I'm taking the approach that it's always best to fit the correct size, I'd like to either use, ...
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Older Shimano Road Brake Levers vs Newer Ones Quality (SLR vs Super SLR)

I'm owner of relatively new (non STI) levers of low Sora/Tiagra level, they are Shimano bl-r400 (Super SLR). Now i'm thinking of replacing them with pretty Dura Ace BL-7402 (SLR). These come from ...
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Rear wheel touch frame during off saddle sprint

bike: Cervelo S2 Photo wheels: Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon (wheel is true) tyres: Continental Grand Prix 4000S II 23mm Problem is that during off saddle sprint my rear tyre touch the frame and makes ...
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How big are pull ratios in Shimano 9-speed front derailleurs in MTB and road bikes?

I am asking about 3x9-speed front derailleurs. The background this time is longer than the question -- I have a Sora based gravel bike and now I try to marry road shifter with MTB front derailleur ...
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Identify a 70's road frameset

I'm at a loss on the manufacturer of this frameset, any ideas are appreciated. Its previous owner claims it is 50+ years old and was bought in Chicago 46 years ago. Bike has Nervar Star crankset, ...
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Switching from hybrid to road bicycle

For nearly 3 years now, I have been using a 21-inch hybrid bicycle (Fuji Absolute 1.9D). My use of the bike is primarily for aerobic exercise. I ride about 20 kilometres in the morning for about an ...
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Is my Kestrel Junk?

I bought a new 2017 Kestrel RT1000 from Performance Bike, putting about 2K miles annually on roads. Both Oval wheels failed consistently with spokes breaking one after another. Eventually I badgered ...
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What is the origin country of the bicycle brand called Longhorn?

I recently brought a hybrid bicycle from a brand called Longhorn. I have never heard about it. However the quality is quite good. So I am quite curious to know from which country the brand originates ...
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Is there any reason to switch to the Giant Aircap headset expander? Any reason not to?

I ride a Giant road bike with OD2 carbon steerer. It was originally built up with a standard expander plug, but was supplied with the glue-in Aircap expander as well. Im not sure whether to use it and ...
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Spending up to 200 dollars now on a bike for slow rides on gravel roads

I'm a dad with a kid just getting old enough that we can bike around together. I've been using a 10 dollar bike I got from a garage sale but it's just rusty junk at this point. Our other kid is still ...
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Since hybrid bikes may be a compromise with no benefits, why are they still often preferred for commuting instead of drop bar bikes?

Since hybrid bikes may be a compromise with no benefits, why are they still often preferred for commuting instead of drop bar bikes? According to at least one opinion, hybrids are a compromise with ...
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Road crankset with 29er mtb frame

I wonder if anyone knows of a 29er frame that has clearance for at least 2.5 tires that will take a compact (50/34) road crankset? Preferably steel.
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Updating my vintage Shimano 600 chain rings

Will the chain rings support the new 7 speed chain? the new one will actually be new old stock: Shimano 600, 1983 I'm putting on a new 7 speed freewheel, chain and rear derailleur.
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What are the pros and cons of suspension seats and suspension handlebars?

The title says it all, but I’ll add more specifics to give a better understanding of my particular situation. I am a on-road commuter with little-to-no dirt roads in my routes, many of the roads are ...
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What front brake caliper is compatible?

I have a fork suitable for short drop brakes and I have Shimano tourney brifters (ST-A070) with the gear cable coming out of the side of the hoods and the brake cable going under the bar tape. Which ...
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Shimano 105 RD-5501 on a six speed freewheel?

I was doing a cleanup at the storage room and found a box of mint 105 parts (brakes, FD, RD, triple crankset and BB). Based on the newspaper inside the box, the parts were laying there for at least 10 ...
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Unstable headset/headtube

I have just lowered the stem on my road bike. The headset components might not be installed correctly. Whenever I hold on to the front brake (making sure the wheels aren’t moving), and rock the bike ...
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How durable are road or hybrid tyre tubes compared to mountain bike tyre tubes?

The context here is that I'm using a mountain bike to commute and I'm considering buying a hybrid bicycle or road bicycle. I'm experiencing various issues that require repairs and maintenance. ...
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Alternative for campagnolo rim brake release

I bought a used road bike for a great price, it came with a shimano 105 groupset, but the brake it's a Campagnolo centaur. It's a wonderful brake, but every time when I need to remove the wheel it's ...
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Are carbon road bikes robust enough to use off-road?

Regardless of the tire clearance, could I use my carbon road bike off road too? Can it handle the stress and load? Wont it break ? Does a road bike needs to be more robust to handle the offroad, ...
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Are there any cheap, wide tubular front wheels?

I was recently involved in a crash, which has cracked my front clincher wheel. I'd like to give tubulars a go and would like a wide rim so that I can fit some 700c x 25-28 mm tyres without the tyre ...
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New bicycle for commuting

I'm just retiring my old roadie and looking to buy a new bike, and am torn on what kind to buy. I cycle 34 miles per day on my commute, down roads and canal towpaths (which are bumpy and have on ...
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Machining a 9000 series inner chainring to fit on a 9100 series crankset

I'm using a Shimano 9100 crankset currently, with 53/39 9100 series chainrings, but on my last bike I had 53/38 and I loved that combination. I have a 38 tooth chainring to put on, but it doesnt ...
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Trailforks for road bikes?

Is there an iPhone app like Trailforks but for road bikes? I'd like to see where paved paths (bikes only, no cars) are located.
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Which is a better suited ultra endurance bike? [closed]

I’m planning to buy a new ultra endurance road bike. Confused between Trek Domane SL 5 and Scott Addict 10. I’m getting both the bikes at negligible cost difference. The only difference is that Domane ...
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Riding wrong size frame

I’m riding Trek Domane 4.3 2015. According to my height (165 cms) I should be riding 52 frame size(according to Trek size chart). The current bike my riding is 54. The only modification I have done is ...
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How to be certain a Boardman ADV 8.8 would fit without prior road bike experience?

I'm looking to buy my first road bike - an adventure/gravel road bike. Question: How can I be certain it's okay or not? And should I be looking for a bike that's closer to my estimated frame ...
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Getting the best fitted mudguards for a standard road bike

I'm quite new to cycling and soon I'll experience my first winter cycling, thaמkfully I live in quite a dry country so we don't have a lot of rain. I've read all about the clearence issues of regular ...
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Ultra road machine or a CX/gravel bike to replace/augment my MTB? [closed]

I currently own a flat bar, hardtail 29er MTB. I can pretty much ride it anywhere. The thing is I usually ride on tarmac anyway with some gravel segments if I take a shortcut through the woods. Where ...
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New bike for commuting and touring

I went downstairs earlier to get ready for an afternoon ride on the cheap bike I picked up a few months ago as I wasn't certain if I would keep the cycling up and found to my dismay that, once again, ...
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Marin Fairfax Alp 2011 - Can I fit a 11-32t Cassette

I currently have a Shimano LG50 12-25t 8 speed cassette and am finding it a real struggle on steep hills - I am around 13 stone (82kg). This is the first time I have looked at changing the original ...
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More speed or more distance for weight loss?

I have been cycling for some months. I started cycling for weight loss, now I am addicted to it. I have an average speed of about 23 to 28 km/h. I usually ride around 3 to 4 days a week and 80 to 100 ...
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Replacement for a Suntour Superbe front derailleur

I broke my front derailleur trying to adjust it. It's on a 1980's Klein Performance road bike. Should I try getting only the same one, or is there any replacement that could work well in its stead? ...