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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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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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What is the most efficient way to ride up or down hills, and into or away from wind?

I'm trying to work out how hard I should push myself when riding up or down a hill. Similarly, how hard should I push myself when riding into, or away from, or perpendicular to wind? My aim is to ...
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What (kind of?) brake lever is this?

I'm curious as to whether or not anyone knows who makes this brake lever or if anyone makes one like it. I know the bike in the image is a Montreal-based company called Bassi that primarily sells ...
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Which upgrades are required for participate in cycle race?

I want to take part in cycle race, so for that I upgrade my bicycle to 18 gear. (It was not shipped with gears) Here is my cycle STREET RACER NE 26T. (this is the same model I've, but size may be ...
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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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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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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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What is the difference between a horizontal top tube and a sloped one?

Some comparable bicycles have a crossbar (top tube) that's horizontal: Others have one that's sloped: What are the reasons for either frame design? Is it merely style preferences? Or is there more ...
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Single pivot brake with handlebar levers (Resurrecting an old Colnago)

I have an old Colnago I want to resurrect, which after some Google-ing I have discovered is very similar to the bike here (but in blue): I want to replace the drop bar brakes with "standard" brakes ...
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Did I pay too much for repairs on road bike? Should I have bought new?

I originally paid $250 for a Schwinn road bike on Amazon 5 years ago. It's been a really solid bike, even though I know it's just a mass produced brand. I didn't know any better and did no repairs or ...
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Handlebar stem : height vs length

I want to decrease the reach of my handlebars. Does it matter whether I increase the height or get a stem with a smaller length(extension?) on my bike? And is there any way to calculate the relation ...
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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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Frame manufacturer for IBEX road bike

Does anybody know anything about this manufacturer "Ibex". Vale is written on the top tube. I wonder who made it, which year, frame ? Under the BB there is no marks such as serial number.
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How wide of tires can I run on a Victory Vision road bicycle?

I'm new to road bicycles, sorry if this question is beat to death. What I'm wondering is what to measure as far as frame clearance, rim width, etc. to put the 'widest tires that will fit' on my road ...
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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 11- 34 rear cassette necessary?

I have a road bike with a compact crank and 11-25 rear cassette(9 rings) at the moment. And my local climb is 35k long with an incline between 10- 30%. I really struggle with it. I have to stop like 5-...
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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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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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What is the best time to cycle during the day (traffic)?

I started cycling a year ago and I have a favourite route for my time trial training since it is very hilly. However, I cycle on a major road (just outside town) and thus I like to cycle when it is ...
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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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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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How often should I lube my chain?

I ride less than 200 miles a week, and I'm at about the 200 mile mark on my new road bike. Most of my riding is done on the road in an urban city, so there is a lot of odd, unnatural debris. My LBS ...
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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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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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Larger tires on a road bike

I am curious if anyone has put larger tires (mountainish) on their road bike. I am thinking about doing this to do some riding on gravel roads/touring/commuting from rural areas. I have an older ...
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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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Cracks on tire - still safe to ride?

I just experienced some uncommon cracks on the tires (Schwalbe Durano Plus) The tires are pretty new (less than half year old, and used max. 1500 km). I inflated 6 bars in the tire, and according to ...
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What Are the Widths of Shimano 8, 9, and 10 Speed Cassettes?

I was hoping that someone could provide me with the precise Shimano road-bike 8, 9, and 10 speed sizes for the following: Cassette Spacer Width Cog/Tooth Width Maximum Chain Width
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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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Insect stings while bike riding

This year, whilst bike riding, I was stung two times by insects, one time a bee and once by a wasp (most likely; I didn't see it but from the feeling, size and heat of the stung area I can't think of ...
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Is there any problem with running tubeless on non-tubeless rims?

I have Fulcrum 5 DB wheels, which are not tubeless ready. My previous wheelset were tubeless compatible and I've been impressed with running tubeless. So my question is: Assuming I can mount my ...
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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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Why does my bike make noise in certain gears?

I'm relatively new to cycling so this question may be obvious to some of you. When I get into certain gears my chain or drive train makes a noise that I can only to compare to the noise a ...
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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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Difference between Road/Mountain Hollowtech II Bottom Brackets?

Shimano sells Hollowtech II bottom brackets which are labeled for road and mountain bikes explicitly. I had no trouble fitting a Shimano Deore BB52 Hollowtech II Bottom Bracket into my road bike and ...
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Can I replace ceramic bearings with steel bearings?

Bought a second hand bike that needs the hubs serviced. The hubs are Campagnolo Shamal Ultra which have Ceramic bearings. I'm yet to tear them down and take a look at the insides but heres a pic from ...
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Can a 10-speed mountain bike chain be used on a 10-speed road bike?

I would like to use a Shimano Deore XT Chain CN-HG94 on my road bike. Are there any differences between roadbike chains versus mountain bike chains that prohibit this? Sample Road Bike Chains: Dura ...
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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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How do I know when to replace my tires?

The treads on my road bike's 28C tires are almost completely gone—they only persist along the shoulders of the tire. Do the treads matter? What is a good indicator of when the tire as a whole needs ...
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How often should I strip my bike down?

How often should I give my bike a full service? Strip the bottom bracket, clean and grease it. Strip the groupset and freewheel. And what products (or type of) should be used for each process? It's ...
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Bike weight different from spec sheet

I just bought a brand new Canyon Endurace SL from the Canyon factory and started ridding it for about 10 days. On the spec sheet is only 7.6 Kg so I was pretty confident when a friend lifted it to ...
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Mavic Road UST Repair

I have a small cut in the rear tire on a road Mavic tubeless tire. Is there a way to patch this, or do I basically just have to buy a new tire? update So I took the tire off the rim and saw that ...
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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 ...