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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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Need help getting the right derailleurs for a vintage 12 speed double

What derailleurs do I need? 2x6 speed 52 and 42 tooth up front. Crank set is Shimano 600 I believe the bike is a Raleigh Road Ace. I came here a month ago asking to identify the bike and now I'm ...
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How many fingers on the brakes for a road bike?

For any reasonable mountain bike, it is advisable to keep one finger on each brake at all times. How does this advice transfer to road bikes?
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Where is my Record Luxus Racer bicycle from?

I just bought a bicycle on a classified ads platform in France. I don't know anything about the brand and I couldn't find much information yet. It is a Record Luxus Racer, as shown on the pictures ...
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Bought a Genesis bicycle for £100 and wanted to know if it was worth it since I can't quite identify the exact model [closed]

I'm not seeing any cue in regards to the model, thought that maybe there's someone here who could help me identify it. Thanks in advance :D
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Unable to get into a 'TT' position, is my bike fit wrong, or am I just fat?

I've been road cycling since July 2017. I am an overweight guy, the cycling has helped shed some kilos but I'm not at my ideal weight yet, and most of my weight is stored in my belly. A month after ...
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Why is my bike looking so light yet so cheap as I make a list of what I need to build it?

I've been searching around to get a rough price for a home-built carbon fibre bike. I'm almost sure I've left something out though as my bike looks like it will be weighing a mere 5.8kg for only €1230!...
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New brake pads, very slow to stop

I just bought some new brake pads for my caliper brakes on a bike I am fixing up and when I apply the brake, it takes at least 10 feet to stop no matter how hard I apply them; basically I can't get ...
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9-speed to 10 or 11-speed conversion [duplicate]

I have a Look KG361 that is built with 9-speed Ultegra. Is it possible to change the drivetrain to 2x10 or 2x11 with this frame?
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Which bike is better? [closed]

I want to buy new bike but I'm confused about which one is better? Road bike Mountain bike Please help me to get best one.
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Road bike around 1000 dollars [closed]

I am confused between the Giant SCR 1 and Specialized Allez E5 Sport. I have not ridden any of them as I cannot have test rides. I have heard great reviews about the Allez but the dealer is quite far ...
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Can I remove the clutch system from bike helmet?

I recently bought a Kali Chakra Plus helmet for my bike. This is the link with the specs. It has the inner clutch system made from plastic in order to adjust the fit which is plastic and onto which ...
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Is it annoying to carry a backpack when riding a road bike?

I plan to buy a road bike for my daily commute but I need to carry my PC with me as a well-equipped engineer. My daily commute is around 5 km plus intermittent city tours. I afraid after some ...
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What is the black piece above the bottom bracket on this bike?

I came across the 2018 Specialized Diverge road bike. What is the little black piece attached to the downtube and seat tubes?
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Training wheels for adults

I'm new and just found this site and look forward to being able to contribute where appropriate. I am a stroke survivor and trying to do my best to stay in shape despite my limitations. I want to ...
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Can a road bike stand constant 40km/h for long distances?

I am planning on converting my road bike into an electrical one and I can see that I can get average speeds of 35-40kmh. So I am planning on biking long distances at this average speed. Is it safe to ...
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Fixing balky front shifting

I've got a Campagnolo Chorus 2x9 drivetrain on my bike. Lately I've found that shifting to the big ring is very difficult: The only way to get it to shift at all is to make a simultaneous front and ...
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Can the brake levers be moved from the side to the top of the handlebar?

My bicycle currently looks like this: Can I move the brake levers from the side to the front, so it looks like this? How do I go about it, and is it good idea? I'm new to riding this kind of a ...
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TT levers for road bullhorns with 17mm inner diameter

I have bullhorns with inner diameter of 17mm on tops. I've bought Soma Pursuit Lever Set, 19.6-20.6mm, but they don't fit, as are too wide. Popular Cane Creek 200 TT Time Trial Levers, probably won'...
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Please help Identify Italian frame

59-60cm frame, Sun Tour Superbe Pro Brakes, Shifter, front and rear derailleur, and complete Crank is Sun Tour Superbe Pro. Campagnolo head set and pedals. Cinelli 64-40 handle bar and Cinelli stem. ...
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Fitting a vibration-proof bell for drop bars

I have a bike with drop bars which I need for commuting, but I live in a city which is not only full of idiots† both on foot and on bikes themselves (thus meaning going bellless is idiotic), ...
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Tying tether on old luggage rack

I've got a bike with an ultra-old luggage rack which isn't of the kind which has a cheap spring-loaded "clasp" but rather an elastic tether which is permanently attached to the frame at the front and ...
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Is slop in the headtube normal?

I have a carbon Fibre front fork "BSC profile design" and when I tighten up all the screws on it snugly there is no movement (forward backward) but I go out for a ride and by the end there is a small ...
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Bike too small some help? [duplicate]

Just bought an used xs specialized sirrus sport in great condition. I am 5'8 and just realized that is too small. Just wondering if there anything that I could to do to make it fit me? Got it today so ...
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Repeated front wheel puncture

I've just had my 3rd front wheel puncture in about 4 weeks (doing around 80 miles per week). Since the first puncture, the tube and rim tape has been completely replaced, but these seem to have not ...
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Does one replacement automatically require another?

I need the chain, chain set and cassette replaced on my road bike - does this automatically mean that the bottom bracket must also be replaced?
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Road bike raises my heart rate more tahn my MTB?

I own a HRM that I use during most of my rides and I noticed that I manage to push myself to the limit when I ride my road bike but not with my MTB. My max HR is always higher with my road bike, my ...
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pairing a Duotrap sensor the the ibike Newton

Is a Duo-trap speed/cadence sensor compatible with an I-bike Newton head unit? I can't make it pair up. I've tried keeping it a decent distance from other sensors and have tried resetting it, and ...
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Maximum Descending Speed

This is a hypothetical question but I'm curious. Assuming an endless, freshly paved road with no turns, what would be my maximum speed? EDIT My question is too general so to help I'm adding some ...
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What Factors Should I Consider When Picking a Base Bar

So I have a road bike, with STI shifters, but I'm looking to do an Iron Man. I've done centuries before on the bike just staying on the low bars, but I've found that the swim is just so exhausting for ...
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Entry level bike for 140kg rider - what features to look for and what to avoid?

I am a fairly large person (140kg). 7 years ago I used to bike quite a lot (I would go everywhere every day on the bike). Back then I weighed much less (I also was much younger, now I am 20 years old)....
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Squeaky coasting and back pedal

I recently bought a bike overseas rather than at LBS (no LBS had the type of bike I wanted). Now the bike makes a strange noise and I can't bring it in for servicing (buy from LBS when you can!). ...
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Upgrade old road bike to 7-speed rear derailleur?

Just took my old 1983 12 speed out of mothballs. put on 94 miles this month very hilly here. My question is: can I upgrade my freewheel with Shimano MF-TZ31 Tourney Freewheel (14-34T Mega 7 Speed)? ...
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Can rubber hoods be used on a different brand of brake levers?

The rubber hoods on my SRAM levers have started to tear. However, locally there are only a couple of Shimano rubber hoods. Can they fit and what should I pay attention to?
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Tire Change Compatibility

I'm trying road bikes for the first time, and I'm rather unfamiliar with tires and how things are intercompatible. I'm thinking of getting a cheap Merax 608XC, and plan on taking it on trails such as ...
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Road Bike Survivability

I'm considering getting my first road bike, a departure from the mountain bikes I've ridden in the past. I've heard that road bikes are ideal for asphalt-paved roads and paths, but I'm curious as to ...
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Mechanic and top rider's bike on right side of team car - why?

During the 2017 TdF one of the commentators said the that a teams GC contender or their best rider always has their spare bike carried on the right side of the team car, on the roof, above the team ...
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Looking for solutions to shorten warm up time

I'm a relatively fit 30 years old road cyclist and I've noticed that I need a lot of time to warm up. When I ride with some club mates, I am typically much slower than most of the other riders in the ...
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Tyre Has Randomly Deflated

Day off work so I didn't use my bike today, left it in my garage with nothing there to cause any damage. However later today I walked into my garage to collect some supplies and a loud bang followed ...
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How much does wind affect the speed of a professional cycling peloton?

It's a well known fact that due to air resistance increase of speed on a bike takes non linear increase of power, so the huge marginal increase of power needed to go faster while riding at around 40-...
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Can I use my Endurance bike for my first race?

I recently got into road cycling, my first and only bike purchase has been a Scott endurance bike. Now that I am getting more and more comfortable on a road bike, a couple of guys I group ride with, ...
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French thread BB

I am commuting and training on an old Peugeot road bike. I really like it but as training rides are getting to be 100km or more, I need to add shorter cranks and clipless pedals. Problem is these old ...
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Getting my first Road Bike

Background info about me: Previously, most of my riding was done in the desert on a mountain bike. That was a different time and different era (when the beer belly was not around mostly!). Since ...
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Is it imperative to shift to a higher gear when in a descent?

I've noticed that, when I'm descending quickly on my road bike without pedaling, the pedals will sometimes spin too much freely, which seems like they have no impact whatsoever on the wheels. Is it ...
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Does MTB tyres wear off fast in City - gravel pavement streets, city road?

I want to buy a Cross country MTB that I want to use everyday to work within the city in weekdays. In weekends I want to take it for off-city roads with partially mud and grassy terrain. Will the ...
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Thru axle for rim brake road bikes

As more and more manufactures release disc versions of popular road frames, I am seeing more and more road bikes with 12mm thru axles. I was wondering if there is a reason for not just doing away ...
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Role of the part situated below the pedals?

I'm wondering what's the role of the plastic/metallic part situated below the pedals on the image below taken from a road bike?
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Road bike very twitchy when standing in the pedals?

First time test riding a road bike yesterday after years on ATBs. Loved it. But when powering up a hill I'm used to standing up. So did that instinctively, and immediately found I had to sit back ...
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MTB with dropbars, slick tyres & clipless vs Road Bike? [duplicate]

I'm training for triathlons and endurance races (runs & bikes). As I'm a student now, i've got little money to spare and it got me thinking on what I can do to my bike to make it faster. While ...
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Do I need a Road Bike to go fast?

Do I need a road bike to go fast, my average mph is normally around 11 - 12mph according to strava & fitbit The thing is I normally overtake most people, and some cars when I'm going downhill, ...
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What are the good bicycles available in India [closed]

I want to start cycling on weekend around 10 KM on road. I am not sure which bicycle would be best for me ? I do not want to invest much amount in it. I am in India . Can anyone suggest a good ...