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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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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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Is it ok to sit on the top tube of my Cannondale CAAD12 (2017 model)?

I just picked up my new Cannondale CAAD12 bike the other day. During my first ride I occasionally was sitting on the top tube (waiting for traffic lights etc). After the ride was over I actually ...
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Comparison of flat bar road bikes, cyclocross and hybrids for city and occasional dirt roads

I am looking for a new bike with following properties: comfortable for commute, promenades and fitness in the city and outside with occasional bad roads (dirt roads with some tree roots, bumps) and ...
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Taking tighter lines

I recently switched from a flat bar hybrid type bike to a drop bar endurance bike. I have noticed huge improvements in speed and climbing, but I feel like I lost a lot of confidence in handling. ...
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How to avoid the road bike physique

Due to a house move I am soon to become a road bike commuter with approx. 18 miles to cover. I could do with loosing a few kgs but am worried about developing the emaciated physique so apparent in ...
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what is the official site of diamond bicycle or frame(not “diamondback”) [closed]

im go to shop and buy a bike that its name diamond not diamond back has shimano gears and vbreak and has kenda tires and frame is steel do any one know this bike is made in where? and what is official ...
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Carbon fiber crack?

Bought my first carbon fiber bike last month. Just found this damage by the rear derailer. How can I tell if this is just a chip in the paint or of the frame is damaged? The bike has not been in ...
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Can this frame be saved?

I had a little accident and went over the handlebars. I'm okay, I was able to ride the bike home, but it is obviously bent. Everything else on the bike seems to be fine, the wheels are true and ...
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SRAM 11 speed Apex derailleur w/ SRAM GX 10-42t cassette

I'm building up a drop bar bike and working with sram for the first time. The issue I've run into is that a local shop advised me that the indexing for the sram 11 speed road line and the mtb line ...
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How to remove the visor of a POC Trabec helmet?

The title says it all. I feel like I'm missing something, but I can't find help anywhere on Google, and I don't want to break the visor. Here's a link http://www.pocsports.com/us/products/trabec/...
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End of brake cable touches tire

On my Trek Domane SLR the end of the front brake cable touches the tire. It makes an enerving sound and I am a afraid it destroys my tire. I thought about using some tape, but that is not possible ...
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Which 9 speed Shimano Cassette should I get?

I have a 40 minute (each way) daily commute that is particularly hilly. I would like to upgrade the groupset of my faithful steel road bike to make my commute more enjoyable. Money is precious at ...
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Braking on a vintage road bike

I recently bought a vintage Gitane road bike. I understand that in the 70s and 80s they sold a lot of these road bikes with drop handle bars. Sometimes they came with the extra lever for an easier ...
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Help to pick the right bike between these two [closed]

I need help to make the right choice between two bikes that are quite similar in terms of specifications. Could anyone reading this give me an advice ? Bike A : Broodie Bike model "Ocho" http://www....
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Massive loss of pressure in my front tire but it still holds air

Last night I was riding into a parking garage with a steep decline before the entrance. I hit the bottom of the ramp hard and lost most of the tire pressure in my front tire in a split second. I ...
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Quick release skewer installation help [duplicate]

I was wondering if I could easily install a quick release skewer on my Kent 700c Mens roadtech bike that I got from Walmart. If not what would i need to do in order to do so.
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1970-80's Roadmaster bike makes a clicking noise when turning right

A 70's/80's Roadmaster Pursuit bike makes a clicking noise when turning right. It doesn't make any noise when riding straight or turning left. It doesn't seem to matter how close the turn is. I have ...
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Lowering the stem on a Canyon Endurace

I have a Canyon Endurace XL frame with a 110mm stem which I currently have slammed. I've started racing this year and am very comfortable in the drops for the entire race, which makes me think that I ...
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Advice for buying a new crankset for my bike

Long story short: I recently bought a second-hand bike (good condition), but the guy who sold it to me screwed the pedals in the wrong sides. After two months of riding, the thread on the inside of ...
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Not enough clearance on road discs for rotor (rotor rubbing)

I'm building up a 2014 specialized awol frame with fulcrum red power wheels and trp hylex brakes. I'm using the rotors that came included with the trp's. My issue is that there does not seem to be ...
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Buy a bycicle - total noob?

I'm currently in Finland, I got a bit of cash and I want to buy a bicycle because the one I had blew up and it wasn't exactly mine anyway; now I have never in my life bought a bicycle, or anything ...
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How long should I ride? [closed]

I am 24/Male and I have been riding since a year. Recently endurance riding has interested me. I have done two rides of 20 km each. Now I am planning for a 46 km ride.l My question is, should I go for ...
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replacing stolen rear wheel. compatability question

I recently had my rear wheel stolen, it was a 7 speed. In looking to replace it, most cassette/wheel combos I am finding are 8 speed. The shifters are old suicide shifters and the deralier is ...
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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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Ordering in the right size, and making sure it fits

I'm fairly tall (6'4" or 195cm), and the bike I'm looking for is fairly specialised these days (a tourer, presumably steel, possibly with a sideline as a gravel bike/off-road tourer but no need for ...
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SRAM Red 53/39 10spd rings and 172.5 crank work with 11 speed cassette upgrade?

I want to upgrade my 10 speed to 11. Will my SRAM Red 53/39 10spd rings and 172.5 crank work with an 11 speed upgrade? Looking to upgrade to SRAM eTap with the "kit". I understand the need for a new ...
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Can and should I sell a bike without wheels?

I know it is quite easy to sell a road bike that's ready to ride away, as sites like eBay are full of them. But how easy, practical and lucrative is it to sell a road bike minus the wheels? Why do I ...
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Fuji Rouibaix model?

I don't know the exact model and year of this racing bike (only Fuji Roubaix). It has a FC-990 carbon front fork and Shimano 105 components, 5600 groupset (which according to Wikipedia was released in ...
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Differences between bikes 10 years ago and now?

I'm not too knowledgeable on high-end racing bikes, but I'm looking at getting a used Specialized Roubaix, and I was wondering whether enough significant advances have been made since 2007 to consider ...
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optimal trail/monster-cross tyre width solution for 19mm rims on rigid bike

background I have a rigid 'adventure cross'/gravel road bike (Genesis Croix de Fer) though i run it with velo orange 'crazy bars' which have a bullhorn and a wide swept back position. it has 19mm (...
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Look PP75 overhaul

How to make a complete overhaul of Look PP75 clipless pedals? I already removed the plastic cap but I cannot remove the bearings. Does someone know how? Also, where to get replacement bearings?
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Optimal Placement of Cleats

I am transitioning from mountain bike shoes to road bike shoes. A marked difference is the limitation of versatility in cleat placement. I prefer to have my cleat as far up and to the inner side of ...
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Identify this Gitane road bike

I yesterday bought this bike from Offer up for $100 and want to know more about the bicycle. Can someone please help me get the model, type and year of this bicycle from the picture below.
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Caliper road brakes on cantilever specific frame

I just bought a used bike with cantilever brakes that are very stiff (it's quite hard to push them) and weak. I have been fiddling with them for about two weeks now but to no avail (only the smallest ...
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How to calibrate Garmin Vector 2 power meter pedals with a Wahoo Elemnt computer?

I just installed Garmin Vector 2 power meter pedals on my bike along and am using it alongside a Wahoo Elemnt bike computer. I've done a few rides now and my average wattage is reading very high (i.e. ...
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Do we have a bike insurance in the US?

I ride my bike at least 4 times ( 4 * 10 miles ) a week. Is there any bike insurance which covers both bike and life? Is there any bike insurance which also covers rental biking?
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Should i upgrade from Skultura 400D with 105 to giant tcr advanced with ultegra di2? [closed]

I have had the merida skultura 400d and have ridden around 1100kms. Would there be any value in getting giant tcr advanced pro disc or the propel advanced pro? My rides are generally 80kms a week ...
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Alternatives to Long Drop Calipers

Anyone have a clue what type of brake I can fit to this front fork? The reach to a 700C wheel would need to be 80MM (do you even get calipers this long?) and the only brazing on the fork is this ...
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Shimano 9-speed shifters high-end vintage vs low-end modern [closed]

I'm upgrading an old Cannondale r700 roadbike to 9x2 speed. It is fitted with its original 105 groupset but it needs new shifters. So far I can see two options. Buy a new set of Shimano Sora 3500 ...
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Is this just the paint cracks?

It is on the dropout of my new tarmac, one month old. The shop owner said "It's normal for this side to crack it might be from the chain" But when I did test the chain it didn't touch the frame (...
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30 lb Geared Bicycle vs 20 lb Single Speed, Which Is Faster for Commuting? [closed]

This is not a literal question so I'm not looking at / for specific models, but more a theoretical one. Let's assume I could choose between two bikes for commuting, one with a modern 22 speed ...
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Best posture to ride a road-bike down hill?

I know it's been "answered" here, but I am still not satisfied. In my view, you either have to decide whether you feather the brakes (go down hill at pace) or let go of the brakes (go down hill at ...
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Can road disc calipers be mounted on a mountain bike?

Are the mounting posts and position for road disc brake calipers the same as or similar enough to mountain bike disc calipers that you could put a set of road disc brakes on a mountain bike or vice-...
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Biking across a four-lane bridge - Why was I wrong to bike across the bridge?

I am an avid bike-rider living in Spokane (Washington State). Spokane is a fairly large city, with many bridges built across the Spokane River. One such bridge is the Maple Street Bridge, which was ...
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SRAM Drop bar to MTB hydraulic brake interoperability

In a previous question I asked about compatibility of drop bar shifters with mountain bike derailleurs. Now I'm curious about drop bar hydraulic brake lever compatibility to mountain bike hydraulic ...
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Can I add a 11-40 XT or XTR rear cog to a road bike with Di2?

I want to build up a road bike for the Baa Baa Bikepack and want some more large toothed gears. I want to run Di2 with a compact front derailleur and largest toothed cog possible. Ultegra CS-6800 is ...
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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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compatibilty of 10 speed dura ace bar end shifters and xt 10speed rear derailleur

on my new surly cross check i have installed the following: 10 gear Dura Ace Barendshifters (7900), 26-36-48 crankset, xt front derailleur, 10 gear xt shadow rear derailleur 11-32 casette. while ...
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Five flats in 4 months on new Giant Contend3 (XL)?

All my life I have bought used speed bikes. I finally sprung for a new bike which I use to commute to work (6 miles each way). It's a Giant Contend3 (XL). I keep getting "pinch flats". The bike ...
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New chain, pedal power seems weaker

I'm a commuter cyclist who didn't for the last 18 months really do anything to take care of his bike - though it was stored inside between rides. Took it to the shop 12 months in for a service, but ...