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

  • Jeffrey Friedl

    Would love a simple built-in mechanism to stop the front fork from moving during maintenance or when parking.

  • Well said

  • barraob1

    I’d love to see more experimental frame shapes like what boardman had at the Olympics and some other interesting designs, just because the old farts in suits don’t like them, doesn’t mean we won’t buy them.

  • Antonio Bošković

    integrated bottle holders, speed and cadence sensors and rear lights why is this not happened yet
    disc brakes for everyone mountain bikes have hydraulics at super cheap entry bikes why not use them on entry level road bikes, comfort on the front end as well not just at flexy seat stays

  • Jake

    If you really want innovation. It’s simple, let the dogs out of the fence, or better yet remove the fence. The UCI is the fence. Look at Triathlon-Only bikes like the Felt IA. Road bikes have not seen that level of development because they are too restricted. If a device is 100% leg powered, with 2 wheels, it’s a “bi-cycle.” Who cares if the old geezers think it’s pretty? I don’t care if it’s the size of a bus, looks like a bubble, or pedals backwards. Whomever gets to the finish first wins the race, period, end of rules. Everyone else gets to shut up. That’s a real race. The road market is stale, open it up to something more than micro hype, price points, and color schemes.

  • Allan Borges Pontes

    Internal gear hubs (lightest ones) and carbon belts.

  • Dam

    Experiment with fairings.

  • Jono_M

    How about a small GPS unit with a piezoelectric charger, placed in the downtube? So if the bike gets stolen, it’s slightly easier to track it down. Or if you have a few too many pints, you can find your bike the next morning.

  • DaveS

    Insist the pros use solid tires, then watch the development take off and great products become available to all of us, not to mention the improvement in the racing by eliminating the dreaded puncture. No wheel changes required will also speed the adoption of disc brakes.