How would YOU improve the design of a road bike?

We asked Cycling Weekly readers to come up with some improvements to the design of a road bike. Do you agree with them?

Maybe there's something that irritates you about your bike, or maybe there's something that irritates you about all road bikes? We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers to come up with ways in which the design of a road bike could be improved.

Some of the answers are a stroke of genius, others not so much. Either way, we present a selection of your road bike design improvements...

Do you have an idea that could improve the design of a road bike? Or agree/disagree with any here? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Mark a fine vertical line up the steerer tube and a corresponding one on the top edge of the stem. It would make lining them up far quicker. They can do it for bars and seat posts, why not steerers and stems?

Coinneach Canavan

Offer old bike trade-ins, like the car scrappage scheme. Provide touch-up paint: ever tried to touch up a bike where even the manufacturer doesn't know the shade of red? Make time trial bikes the same price as road bikes, not twice as much – capped at maybe £2000. Ban unsafe ‘fake’ import bikes, maybe introducing a safety standard across all bikes. Integrated ANT speed and cadence sensors, integrated lights.

Tom Knight

Have a barcode and/or chip on bikes registered to the legal owner so they are too hot to handle stolen and might even show up hot on roadside scanners once reported stolen. Make stolen bikes a thing of the past.

Karl Bilton

Better tyre and mudguard clearance on all bikes other than pure race bikes.

Andy Harper

Mudguard wet muddy

Less-exposed derailleur. I dropped my bike when it was fairly new and think I may have knocked the derailleur out of alignment slightly. Fine for experienced riders who know what to check and how to adjust, but newbies might be discouraged by poor gear changes.

Rich Harle

Use 953 steel on every bike.

Marc Carter

As a fat guy, I think it would encourage a greater number of larger people into the sport if there were some beefier-looking entry-level bikes. I know the strength is fine, but they do look a bit fragile.

Isambard Steel

Hide a motor in the seat tube.

Adam Coatham

Bring back mini tri-bars. Not for the aerodynamics, but they were a godsend for stretching your back.

Thomas Willingham

Make more comfortable models (rough road absorbing), more tyre clearance will help with this a lot.

Kris Kahl

Tell manufacturers to price their kit fairly and not make a decent bike cost more than my car.

Neil Mitchell

Get rid of stupid, creaking press-fit bottom brackets.

Keith Parr

A stem you can adjust without having to remove spacers. Up, down and reach.

Paul Canham

Disc brakes, super-compact chainsets and integrated electronics. Oh, hold on a minute...

Neil Batt

Start making frames out of graphene. It’s lighter and stronger than carbon-fibre.

Edward Downs

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Lower the bike price. Generally you have to step up to at least 2k for a carbon-framed bike. Design doesn't really matter for most of us, who want something affordable, safe, fairly fast and that's worth its price. Remove stickers from rims – they are better in nude aluminium. Also, manufacturers should include clipless pedals on every bike, it would knock off a good bit of the expenses to start riding/racing.

Max Vemon

Have an integrated charging system for electronic shifters so you never have dead batteries.

Troy Trotter

You can't improve on perfection.

Stephen Louch

Integrated bottle opener. That is all.

Rob H

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Nigel Wynn
Former Associate Editor

Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.