The cogs (gears) at the front of your drive chain, connected to the cranks.

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Chain drops in smallest gear under load

I'm baffled. I installed a new chain, cassette, cables and housing yesterday. On the stand, all is happy and shifting is silky smooth. On the road all seems happy except on the bigger cogs in back (in ...
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What gears should I go for?

I have a Trek road bike (although you might call it a hybrid since it has straight handlebars. I do about 3,000 miles per year on it for general health reasons (up to 30 miles at a time and averaging ...
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Should I switch to a smaller chain ring?

I am back to cycling after 7 years absence due to injury and time commitments. When I started 3 months ago I weighed 20kg more (105 kg in total) than when I stopped. My target is to build fitness (100+...
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Can I replace a middle chain ring with one with different number of teeth?

I recently upgraded my wife’s bike with a Shimano XT triple crankset. The number of teeth is 44.32.22t. However, the middle chainring on the recent XT crankset is carbon-reinforced, and I’d prefer not ...
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cannondale cadd10 105 crankset replacement

I had a terrible crash on my Cannondale CADD10 105 (11spd) and wrecked the crankset (the bigger ring bent). It is FSA Gossamer Pro, BB30, 52/36 from the website. Is there an identical one available ...
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Why is my big chainring is so scratched form the inside?

I have noticed a lot of scraping on the inside of my Trushift 44T plate. Is it just a function of distance, time and color or is it a clue that something is not working properly? The bike was bought ...
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Can I use 11 speed chainrings with 9 speed chain?

To be more specific, my bike come with Shimano Sora 9 speed group set. I'm using a KMC X9 9 speed chain. I studied quite a lot of websites. They claim that chainrings are compatible with any speed of ...
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Choosing chainring configuration

I'm interested in how I would choose a chainring configuration, supposing I was either replacing mine or building a new bike for a similar usage. I have a 50/39/30 triple chainring (& 10-speed ...
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Triple vs Double chainring?

I'm bike shopping for my first road bike, and I've asked for a lot of advice from my father who was a serious cyclist once upon a time. After showing him one prospective bike, he dismissed it with a ...
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Replacement crankset for Shimano SG B 52/39?

I have a very basic Specialized Allez (XL frame) street bike (pictured in my avatar) with a cheap SG B52/39 chainring needing replacement (warped and wearing out after two years of daily use). But ...
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Shimano FC-M521 middle chainring replacement

What exact torque should be applied to secure the double gear fixing bolt (Y-1FM98020) ? And what tool is usually used to fix the nut without damaging it while tightening the bolt?
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Do I have to stop pedaling when shifting up the front chainring?

If I keep pedaling when shifting up the front chainring, it would fail. Moreover, the chain keeps rubbing with the chainrings and produces many noises. Thus, I have to stop pedaling for around one ...
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Mysterious case: chain falling off large chainring, how to fix?

On my commuter bike I decided to rid myself of the small inner chain ring (which is almost never used) and front dérailleur (now redundant). However, I have come across an unusual problem. Whilst ...
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How do I calculate the diameter of a chainring from the number of teeth?

Simply knowing the number of teeth on a chainring can we determine an accurate diameter?
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Chain slipping on middle chainring

I have recently replaced the chain and the cassette. Previous chain never slipped. I never had any problems with it at all. But I have made about 10 000 km on it and the wear was beyound any limits, ...
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Is it possible to use a two or three chainring with an internal hub?

I have a Bullit cargo bike. It has a Shimano 39t chainring and a Alfine 8 rear hub. I was going to go for a Rohloff to get more gears, but the price is just getting stupid. I looked at the Alfine 11 ...
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Why would a manufacturer change chainring sizes drastically between years?

A friend was just showing me the 2010 Cervélo S2 specs, as well as the 2011 S2 specs, and the Ultegra line, at least, changes from a 53/39 chainring set in 2010 to a 50/34 set in 2011. This seems like ...
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How much assembly is required when an LBS orders a bike?

I'm looking to order a Marin Lombard Elite from my LBS but I want to replace the FSA BB and crankset with Shimano or SRAM parts, and change to a 52/36. When my LBS orders it, does all of that come ...
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Gears, distance, cadence = Speed [closed]

My bike is a Giant "Revolt" and I have a speed/Cadence sensor (from Giant). It doesn't always record accurately. But my question: I'm looking for a Chart that gives me the distance traveled & ...
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Campagnolo crank spider inter-compatibility between 'standard' and 'compact' chainrings

Will a Campagnolo Athena (2014) crank spider and crank arm from a 'standard' chainring setup of 39/53 accommodate 'compact' chainrings of 34/50, also Campagnolo Athena (2014)?
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24t or 26t granny gear?

Getting a new crankset, decided on this one from Rivendell: http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/cr1.htm Question: Should I keep the 24t granny or get them to swap it out for a 26t? I have some concerns ...
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SLX chainring compatibility

I'm considering swapping the inner ring on my SLX double chainset (M665) from 22T to 28T. I noticed that the newer M675 has a 40/28 option, so I figured that the 28T chainring from this set-up would ...
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What does the chainring have to do with SRAM YAW

I'm shopping for 110 BCD chain rings and I noticed that some of the SRAM ones are labeled "YAW FD only". As far as I can tell the derailleur doesn't touch the chainring so whats so special? Can I ...
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Is the same effort required to maintain a set speed using different sized chainring / cog combinations with same ratio

If I have a bike with the same cranks setup with a 36t (chainring) / 12t (cog) ratio and the same bike setup with a 48t (chainring) / 16t (cog) ratio, would the effort required to maintain a set speed ...
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Swapping chainrings on old ultegra crank

I have a 2002 Ultegra 9-speed triple with 52/39/30(?) chainrings. I swapped out the inner two chainrings twice and kept the original crank and 52-tooth ring. The 52t ring only gets used going downhill ...
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Can you use a 9 / 10 speed chainring with an 8 speed chain?

Does it matter if you use a chainring which is specified at 9 / 10 speed with a 8 speed chain?
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why do left shifters switch chainrings and right shifters cogs?

Can that be changed? Is it just convention? Is there any commercial bike that comes with a left-shifter that switches cogs?
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Chain too wide for gap between chainring and chainring guard

I have a Seek 0 2013 and recently the chain has been stretched so far that it needed to be replaced. On the Giant site it says that this is sold with a KMC Z51 1/2" * 3/32" chain. I've since gone to ...
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Can I change my large chainring without changing the entire crank?

The bike I wanna buy has a 42/34/24 crankset and TX-50 FD, now I was wondering if I could install a 48t(or bigger if possible, do tell) ring upfront while keeping the rest (i.e transforming it to 48/...
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Can I use a Shimano 105 10 speed BCD 130mm 52t chainring as a replacement in my 9 speed tiagra triple crankset?

I currently run Tiagra triple 9 speed crank, 50/39/30 The BCD on the 50 being 130mm. I'd like to replace the 50t with a 52t to make it 52/39/30. I'm looking at a Shimano 105 52t chainring but it says ...
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What are the differences between Tiagra and 105/Ultegra chainrings

There is quite a big price difference between Tiagra and 105/Ultegra chainrings. Do the more expensive ones last longer? Is there difference between performance? Is the weight only relevant difference?...
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Outer chainring with two sizes

I see outer 130 BCD chainrings with 52T/39T. Why the the 39T in the label? How does the outer care or know what the inner ring is? What would be different about 52T/42T? Does the 39T care what ...
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Chain falling off inner chain ring no matter how L screw is set

Bike is a relatively new Cannondale Carbon Synapse with the Ultegra 6800 groupset (although front chainrings are FSA). Has about 1000KMs on it. Bike has been great, but I went out on a ride today ...
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Do I need a chain guide or bash guard to convert to a single chain ring?

I want to convert an old 12-speed into a 1x6 for urban commuting. I'm hoping to keep one of the existing chain rings at 42T and use washers on the chainring bolts or replace them with single speed ...
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Can double chainrings be used with a clutch-type rear derailleur?

I've been reading up on Sram's CX1 1x11 cyclocross-specific group. It hinges on two technologies to minimize the potential for dropped-chains/chainslap. The CX1 clutch rear-derailleur keeps the chain ...
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Replacement compatability for Shimano Mountain LX Chainring and or Crankset

I need to replace Shimano Mountain LX Biopace Chainrings with 48/38/28 110 bcd and am having difficulty finding replacement chainrings, particularly the center chainring 38T. It appears Mountain LX is ...
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Front derailleur rubbing against chainring

I'm trying to fix up my old (1999) Trek 4500, and I've run into a snag while adjusting the front derailleur. It's a Shimano FD-CT92 (bottom bracket mounted E-type), and it's rubbing against the ...
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Are 130 BCD chainsets stiffer than 110 BCD?

I would expect the crank spider not to sacrifice much stiffness in expanding from 110 to 130, but the chainrings seem flimsy in comparison. Do I buy extra stiffness by using a standard chainset ...
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How to measure chainring / cog wear?

Other than attempting to estimate whether a chainring or cog is worn and needs replaced by eyballing it, is there any way to measure the wear on chainrings or cassette cogs so you can determine ...
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Do I need to get a replacement bike for this broken chainring?

I wanted a cheap commuter bike, and just received this bike from Amazon. I have little knowledge about bikes, but looks like the middle chain-ring is broken to me. Is this indeed broken, or is it ...
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Can I swap down to a different number of teeth on a chainring

I currently have a single speed front chainring setup with 52 teeth. I can't find a suitable replacement for my chainring so I am wondering if it is possible to get a chainring with a different ...
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Replacement chainring compatibility

I have a Fuji Absolute 3.0 (about 2011) with a generic crankset. The triple chainrings are stamped with 'SAMOX'. It is a 30-42-52t set. I favour the middle chainring, which is now badly worn and needs ...
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Can I replace the front front derailleur with chain guide?

My front derailleur (Shimano LX T670 / 34.9mm) has been stuck on the highest gear for a couple of weeks now which has got me thinking about how little I use it. To save weight could I replace my front ...
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How to get a lower gearing

My trusty old CF racer was stolen the other day, and I'm looking for a replacement. I saw this bike at PlanetX and was intrigued. It's a full carbon bike with (last years) Ultegra components for a ...
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Replacing a chainring - what did I do wrong?

TL;DR I thought I could figure out repairs myself but clearly I'm a moron. I replaced the chain and chainring on my fixie last Saturday, and this morning it got scary loose on me. I started to feel ...
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Using a Sram 22 group with 10 speed crank

I have a SRAM Red 22 group set that has a standard crank (53/39), and I also own a SRAM Red 10 speed crank with compact chainrings. I'll be doing some climbing soon and would like to use the compact ...
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Restoring the original color of metal and chainrings

I bought a used bike and I want to pimp it up and make it cleaner. I found rust on the chainrings and I would like 1- to remove it and 2- get the original color of the metal back. How to do that? Here ...
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Will I snap my derailleur? (too large front chainwheel)

I have an old racer (1994 Specialized Epic Allez - lugged carbon) that's in pretty good shape. I brought it to an LBS that's got a pretty good reputation and that I've used before, to change the chain ...
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Replacing SRAM Red chain set with Ultegra - bottom bracket?

I have a cyclocross bike with an Ultegra 6700 chainset and a road bike with SRAM Red. I'm looking to get a Stages Ultegra power meter (left crank arm mounted) that I can swap between both bikes. This ...
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Triple chainset to single chainset; BB compatability?

I'd like to upgrade the chainset on my GT Avalanche 1.0 2013 so I have no front mech or shifter and just one ring on the front; just 10 gears instead of 30. My current chainset is a Shimano M522 ...