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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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Identify Brand of Bicycle

I am wondering what brand of bicycle this is? Thanks
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Monster-cross build on the road, will it be fun? [closed]

Don't ask why, don't ask how much but this is what I'm aiming at: 29er entry level MTB with light Al frame stripped down Carbon rigid MTB fork (for clearance) Carbon drop-bar handle bars 35c tires ...
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Hire road bike for one day for race (never ridden one before)?

So I am thinking of doing a triathlon in a couple of months. I've been training on a hybrid bike and have only ever ridden either hybrid or MTB. Your probably thinking, don't do it you're mad, ...
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Convert city bike to road bike [duplicate]

I have a city or normal bike and I want to ask, that with the necessary modification except the frame, is possible to convert this bike in a road bike?
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I am a big guy who wants to buy a race bike

I am new to this site and I would really appreciate any thought on this. I am 32 years old male. I used to be in good shape most of my life. my weight fluctuated between 180 to 220 lbs. three years ...
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Ever heard of a snapped rear gear sprocket?

Has anyone come across a rear gear sprocket snapping before? A clean break straight across the diameter. Happened at bottom of hill but not excessive force by any means. Not new but not terribly old ...
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STI Shifter Lever body loose

I have Shimano STI shifters (model ST 2300) and the shifter lever (the part for braking and shifting) is loose. So if I hold the head (cockpit) and move it, the head also moves a bit. How can I ...
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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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Why do I lose so much power/speed in an aggressive position?

I've heard many cyclist say they can go faster (and are more comfortable) with a large bar drop. If my bar is more than 5cm below the saddle (even by 5mm) -- or if I increase the reach -- my power ...
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Dual shift levers, old bike and indexed gears

Long story:  I once built a road bike for my wife over 30 years ago. It has Reynolds 531 tubing / 501 forks and alloy parts, so it is quite a decent build. However, my wife has been put off ...
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Is there any difference between road and mtb discs?

I'm trying to find which discs should be used with a 105 hydro groupset but I can´t find anything. When I search for 105 dic brakes I'm always redirected to the calipers and not the disc it self, or ...
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Identify year of specialized s-works tarmac?

Can anyone identify this specialized s-works tarmac? The seller says it's a 2013, but I haven't found it.
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Best rear view mirror to purchase? [duplicate]

I have seen a lot of different types of Rear View mirrors. Ideas on which mounting/type is most used and why? ie: sunglass frame mounted, helmet mounting, handle bar mounting, or others. I ride both ...
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Testicles chafing on legs - are my bibs too loose or too tight?

Some context - I have a pair of bib shorts that fit me well though could certainly be tighter without causing discomfort. I have a good bike fit, and I can do 100km+ rides without saddle discomfort. ...
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How to date my second hand bike [duplicate]

I am trying to get an online reference to the exact specs of my second hand bike. What are a) Some good techniques/things to look for? b) Some resources to help the dating process. E.g I see that ...
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Wheel diameter affects speed? Comparing 20in Foldie wheel vs 700C wheel

I am currently riding a Foldie with 20in wheels and also a 700C road bike, and I see that (Subjectively) I can ride ~5kmph faster for the same effort on the road bike. I am curious to know how much of ...
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Should I choose 26“ or 28” size BTWIN Triban 100 with dropped handlebar?

My height is 5 ft 9.5" (176.5 cm). I went to Decathlon and tried out both the 26" and 28" bicycles there. Both sizes felt comfortable. But I cannot really tell unless I ride for a long distance. I had ...
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Knowing what size bike to look for [duplicate]

I am presently riding a hybrid that apparently is a bit too small for me, and I'd like to replace it with a road bike. Having ridden this improperly-sized bike for as long as I have (about 8 months, ...
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Back wheel moving to left side

Can't seem to find something similar so I am going to ask a question. I recently bought a vintage(mid or late 80s) steel road bike and the back wheel seems to be moving off center and towards the ...
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Is it a good idea to lift the front wheel to go through small bumps?

I was wondering if it is a good idea, when riding fast on a road bike, to lift the front wheel when I find a 5-10cm bump. Does it damage the rear wheel more? Is it good or bad for the front wheel? I ...
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How do carbon fibre road bikes handle rough conditions?

I'm considering buying a entry level road bike for around 2000€. I'll use it for commuting every day 20km and for long rides up to 150km. I'll try to use an older bike when it rains, but I'll have ...
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How to improve braking with hands on hoods?

I have gravel bike for around 3 months now with mechanical disc brakes and one thing I have problems with is braking. When I ride on drops (which I do rarely) I can brake well -- I pull the brake ...
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Bicycle spokes poking through rim, what can I do?

I bought an old road bike, and after fixing it a little went on my first ride and ended up with two flat tyres. Replacing the front tyre was fine, added new rim tape repaired the tube and was good to ...
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Do eliptical chainrings give you an advantage [duplicate]

Has anyone tried oval chainrings? Are they worth the time and money? Any brands worth considering? I'm trying to gain any advantage I can get
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Help ID'ing early 90's Lemond

I was wondering if anyone could help me identify this bike, or point me to the resources I could use to get get a better idea about what it is. -- Pictures @ Imgur Cross-post on reddit "This seems ...
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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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Which exact version of the Secteur is this bike?

I recently bought a used bike off CL but it is too big for me, so I am trying to identify it to figure out a fair-market value for reselling/trade-in. Alternatively, if I could figure out how to make ...
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What is the difference between a 700x28c and a 700x32c and a 700x..c and so on?

I'm semi-new to customizing bits of bike and when looking to buy some slicker tyres for the road I came across this 700x..c system. I've previously had a set of 700x28c tyres which were then swapped ...
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Creaking which is temporarily resolved by tightening rear quick release

My commuter road bike (Pinnacle Arkose 3 - actually a disc-braked cross bike, fitted with mudguards) has an annoying and loud creak, associated with each turn of the pedals - there is a creak each ...
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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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Good fit vs. Best fit - Lower end of the fit range (Difference of 1 cm). Is it OK? or can this tiny difference still cause pains?

I want to buy a second hand Trek Cronus (Gary Fischer Collection) bike (50cms) for my wife. I am getting a good deal on it. My wife's height is 156cms. As per the Trek Sizing chart, the range of rider ...
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Is this a real Concorde or just a replica?

I'm confused with this, the lugs in this bike look identical with another Concorde but the tubing sticker clearly says "Reynolds". (Concorde only uses Colombus, right?)
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How to hold brake

How can I hold this brake? I can’t hold it on the holds because of the angle of the brake and the nature of it being an old brake. I know that the suicide levers are dangerous so I’m confused about ...
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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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Paint crack or more?

I am looking to buy a used bike: a Cannondale Super Six Evo. The seller has sent me a picture about which I am not sure what is wrong. It seems like a paint crack, but can experts share their opinion? ...
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Fix up old road bike or buy new one?

Coming back to riding after a long layoff, my Cannondale R500, purchased around 2000, according to the local bike shop, needs a lot of work - new wheels, cassette, chain, cables. Also replaced stem ...
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Restore decals of vintage Kestrel 4000

Does anyone know a company that specializes in reproducing vintage bike stickers. I have a Kestrel 4000 that I would like to restore. The bike manufacturer has none. I have heard back from one 3rd ...
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Disc of front brake rubs under force

I ride a road bike with carbon frame and fork an hydraulic flat mount disc brakes. A fews days ago the front disc was slightly rubbing on the braking pad, so I readjusted the position of the braking ...
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I want to change the tyres on Voodoo Marasa

I could be completely wrong but, replacing the default tyres that came with the bike (Kenda K948, 700 x 40c) with something slick would make the ride easier? I see guys with road bikes or other bikes ...
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Homemade handlebar tape?

Because road bikes are usually ridden on smooth surfaces, the pedals scraping against the asphalt/gravel/cobblesones/tree roots/sand/mud/dead branches seem to protect the frame and drivetrain against ...
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Road bikes for tall guys

I'm looking to find out about any beginner road bikes for tall, and somewhat larger guys. I am currently 6'8" and 305lbs. Been losing weight a lot, so I plan to be somewhere between 250 to 265 ...
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I have an old giant 9 speed, which I want to convert to an 11 speed, simpy to use on a smart trainer

I've never done this before, so am wanting suggestions on what parts I need to change. I have an 11 speed derailleur, but not sure what else I need to change, obviously not rear wheel or brakes, as ...
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Restoring a steel Japanese bike from the early 80s

I recently picked up a Shogun 2001 touring bike from the early 80s. It's hardly been ridden and has a beautiful double-lugged frame with F&R racks, Al fenders and brazed-on threaded fittings for ...
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Is this new wheel out of true?

I just got a new road bike. Is this front wheel out of true? Or is it an acceptable amount of movement? I'm only using it to commute 10 miles a couple times a week. Thanks. https://streamable.com/...
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Is it possible to replace a MTB crankset to a Roadbike crankset on an MTB frame?

I just want my bike to go as fast on a road and can go trails as well. Update: I got a gear calculator app and this is what I would get if I upgrade my cassette and chainrings. A more than 10kph ...
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What is the deal with serrated/non-smooth rim sides on a bike wheel?

I recently decided to replace the rear wheel on my road bike since I couldn't disassemble the old Helicomatic freewheel I now have a new rim, which oddly has slightly serrated sides (I'll add a ...
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Determine which cage length on Shimano Ultegra 6800

How can I determine which cage length is on my road bike? I have a Shimano Ultegra 6800 groupset, with 11-28 casette and 52-36 chainrings. I found this resource, however, I measure 60 mm between the ...
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Upgrading from 9 speed to 11 speed on Giant Defy 3

If I were to upgrade from a complete Shimano Sora R3000 9 speed groupset to a complete Shimano Ultegra 6800 11 speed groupset (excluding hub) on a Giant Defy 3, do I need to get a new hub too or can I ...
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Is there a way to know if someone is drafting behind without turning your head back or trying to hear the noises?

In a group ride when I'm the one pulling, I often unknowingly leave my friends behind until I turn my head and see them in far distance, then I had to slow down. Is there a way to know that they are ...
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Can I use rimless tape with an inner tube on a regular (tube style) rim?

The plastic and cloth rim tapes at my LBS come in a couple of sizes: too narrow and too wide. Too narrow barely covers the spoke holes (meaning, it doesn't). Too wide gets into the bead area, making ...