The crankset is the combination of components that convert motion from the rider's leg movements into rotational motion to drive the chain and propel the bike. The crankset includes one or more chainrings (sprockets) and the two cranks, or arms, to which the pedals are attached.

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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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Creaking from cranks/spindle. How to fix?

Recently the cranks on my bike started to creak. I checked with my usual "bike-bible" Park Tool. They recommended dis-assemble, lubricate, re-assemble. So I did that. Remove cranks. Remove spindle. ...
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Are Z-shaped cranks a good idea?

I've stumbled across this kickstarter project, which promotes an original shape for cranks: They claim a wider arc of useful push during rotation. While their main point is rendered moot by ...
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Selecting the right crank length

What is the best way to determine the correct crank length for my height and more specifically my leg length?
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Do Pros use compact cranksets?

Do pro riders use compact cranksets for hilly races? I'm trying to determine if switching to a compact double will mean I don't have the top end speed to be competitive in higher levels of racing (I'm ...
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Differences between Biopace and Rotor cranks

On mountain bikes of a certain age, "Biopace" chainrings are ubiquitous. These chainrings are (purposely) not circular. It seems that most people today agree that Biopace rings didn't live up to the ...
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How to remove a crank arm with stripped threads?

A friend called me up yesterday after a mis-adventure during his attempt at a bottom bracket overhaul. He stripped out the threads on the (left) crank arm while using a Park crank puller. In a pinch, ...
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Why use multiple materials on chainrings?

Why is it that on a typical mid-level road triple crankset, the outer rings (larger rings) will be aluminum, while the inner ring (small ring) is chro-mo? It seems to me that if aluminium was good ...
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What's this? Photo of bicycle with pedals by the rear wheel

I just stumbled upon this photo of what appears to be a reasonably normal citybike, except it looks like it has a second set of pedals at the rear wheel. source Anybody knows what it is?
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What range of sprockets is useful in a road bike cassette?

My road bike currently has a 27/39/53 crankset and a 13-26 cassette, both of which need to be replaced. I occasionally find myself in both extremes—while heading up the very steep hills of the Bay ...
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Why such a tiny difference in crankarm length?

Why are there only 170 and 175mm lengths for the crank arms of MTBs? I would have guessed that touring bikes would benefit from far longer crank arms than those, suitable for mountain riding.
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Why does my bike make a noise when I pedal hard?

When I pedal forcing a little with my right leg, the bike makes a noise that I don't know how to describe. I'll try to do it. It's like: a short "ting" a tiny bell if a small rock hits the down tube ...
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How can I keep my chain from derailing from the front sprocket under load?

I've watched the chain derail from the front sprocket, and there is considerable flex that is causing it. I'm a big guy with an athletic build (6'7"/280lbs), and it's a big-box bike, so I'm not ...
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What should a big guy look for when buying a road bike?

I'm 6ft 4" (1.8m) and 22st (139kg). I do a fair bit of cycling, mainly spinning and mountain biking. I would like to get into road riding so I'm looking to buy a road bike. I want to spend between ...
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The pros and cons of crank self-extractors

I'd like to know more about the reliability of self-extracting crank bolts, but haven't found much information on how they perform (or how they don't). My interest stems from touring and ...
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Solutions for pedals screwed in the wrong sides?

I have a Focale44 fixie with a single speed on the other side of the gear (this is called a flip-flop I think?) and I LOVE it so far! I've ridden it for about six months and haven't had to fix ...
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What is the second thread on the crank for?

I am trying to fix the problem with my bicycle where the left crank keeps unscrewing itself. The thread on which a serrated lock nut should keep the pedal in place is conventional (clockwise to ...
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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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How to get enough leverage to remove pedals when their cranks are not attached to a bike?

I'm trying to troubleshoot a weird barely-felt click on my cruiser. The nest step of the process is to swap out the pedals and see if the problem goes away (if not, the problem is likely the bottom ...
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Campagnolo 11 speed crank with 10 speed running gear

I currently have an older 10 speed Campagnolo Record group set with 52/39 cranks. I would like to get a compact group set. I can't get an equivalent 10 speed compact cranks now but I can get an 11 ...
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Can I run a dual crankset with a chain guide tensioner?

We recently got a new mountain bike for my son via craigslist, it is a couple year old Transition Bottle Rocket and came with a E-Thirteen SS+ chain guide/tensioner. He would like a lower gear for ...
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Swapping cranks, but the new crank is wider, how do I compensate for this?

I was swapping the cranks and bottom bracket on my karate monkey from a Truvative stylo crankset (Mountain Double, GXP bottom bracket) to a Race Face Evolution DH (Mountain Triple, Race Face bottom ...
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Clicking sound coming from pedals/pedal spindle/crank

I recently bought a Trek 4300 series MTB, but after only several weeks of use, I'm getting a clicking sound coming from both sides of the pedals. It seems particularly pronounced when more torque is ...
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What is the effect of changing length of crank arms?

There are some length options for the crank arms - like 170mm, 175mm. What is the difference for the rider? In which way does it effect the commute? Tried looking at Selecting the right crank ...
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Which Phil Wood bottom brackets are compatible with Shimano XT cranks?

As far as I can tell just the Outboard BB is.
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Replace crankset or cassette for better road performance on an MTB?

I few years ago I got into cycling again to help keep fit. I still had my mountain bike from when I did some easy trail riding. I'm mainly riding on the road now and I was wondering if I can change ...
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Carbon cranks care?

I have carbon cranks (SRAM S-2200) on a new bike. The side is quite protected but the bottom part, where the pedals are fitted, is not. Hitting rocks on the bumpy road is sometimes inevitable. How ...
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Group of Bikes: Is 3x1 an option?

I'm an RA for a dorm that is considering buying a number of bikes that would be owned by the dorm and lent out to students. I will be at least in part responsible for maintaining the fleet (about 10 ...
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Crank arms are not parallel to each other. What could have caused this?

It is a cottered crank. Crank arms themselves don't seem to be bent. It is a non-cartridge style spindle. Any ideas as to why they are not lining up?
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Noticeable clicking from crankset or bottom bracket

A few days ago I began hearing a clicking noise coming from the crankset and I can also sense a slight hitch when the right crank is at its upmost position just when it's about to go down. The ...
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Changing sprocket sizes: will front derailleur still work?

I have a hybrid, which for better or worse, I am going to use as my commuting and conditioning bike for the foreseeable future. I am interested in changing the largest chain ring for an even larger ...
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Cruiser bottom bracket is clicking and grinding

My Trek Pure Deluxe 3-speed cruiser has been making a clicking noise when riding for some time. The problem is faint, and is more felt than heard. However, it's been getting worse; it now makes a ...
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Crank arm snapped: what could have caused it?

Recently, on my single-speed bike, the right crank arm just snapped. Was slowly going up a hill, and all of a sudden it broke in two pieces. I have now exchanged the entire crank & chain set ...
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What chainrings are compatible with the Dura Ace 7900 crankset (apart from 7900 chainrings)?

I need to get a 52t chainring for my 7900 Dura Ace crankset but am not willing to spend 150 euro on a chainring. Would an Ultegra 52t 6700 chainring work on the 7900 Dura Ace crankset ?
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How do I remove these crank bolt plugs

I have an old 10-speed bike (presumably 80's vintage). I'm trying to remove the bottom bracket and cranks but have struck a problem. The crank bolts have a plastic cap over the top of them and I'm ...
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Advantages of higher quality cranksets

What are the advantages of upgrading the crankset on a bicycle? For example, my bike (2009 Kona Dew) comes with a FSA Dyna Drive crankset. I'm assuming this is a pretty basic crankset since it lies ...
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What MTB 10 speed double cranksets exist with 180mm cranks?

I am looking for a a 10 speed dual crankset that has 180mm cranks. I see the SRAM cranksets only come in 170 and 175mm.
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What is “crank preload”

I'm in the middle of swapping my BB30 cranks from stock FSA Gossamer to a (shorter length) SRAM BB30 "IA" S950. The S950 has a "crank preload" adjuster on the NDS which the spindle is also attached ...
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Converting crankset from 28-38-48 to 30-39-53

My current front setup is a 28-38-48 crank with Deore XT shifter & derailer. In addition to a FD-443 and top/bottom-pull converter, what else will need to be purchased for proper shifting? Also, ...
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Trick or tool to help line up 48 splined crank arms

Besides eyeballing it and comparing the line to the seat tube, are there any tricks to getting 48 splined crank arms perfectly aligned? I must have spent a solid 15 minutes looking at them from every ...
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My crank fell off, how do I re-attach it?

I was out riding on my mountain bike when my crank unexpectedly fell off (video). How do I reattach the crank? There's a torque range specified (25-30 Ft-Lbs): how critical is this? I don't own a ...
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I have a broken my drive side crankarm - what do I need to do?

I recently had to dash home for a minor emergency. I noticed that one pedal was a bit wobbly but I had no choice but to push on. Once I got home and the emergency had been dealt with I noticed that my ...
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Problem with inside of shoe clipping crank arm

Crankset http://velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx?ID=c50c795c-1016-4021-8ae8-9f68450fde36 and I know I'm using the right bottom bracket (119mm) The pedals ...
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Replacing Crankset. Do I need to replace chain? Then do I need to replace cassette?

Over the past year, my road bike's crankset has gotten pretty bent up and out of wack. Not due to abuse, just wear and tear I guess. It's pretty bent and has a nice wobble that I can see as I look ...
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BMX gearing - for road / commuting

I have a 2010 Haro Pro Race, which I bought for commuting and general tomfoolery. I commute on it 2 miles a day, and I want to be able to go faster by changing the current single-speed gearing ...
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Single Chainset

just wondering if there is much point in having a tripple chainset on my MTB, I very rarely change gear on the crank and I feel like having a single cog would make the bike lighter and also tidier as ...
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What cassete do I need to run with a compact crankset (50/36), to equal the same gearing as running a standard crankset (53/39) with a 11-28 cassete?

Every new bike in my price range comes with a compact crankset, which I want for climbing, but I race and I need to keep the same top speed that I've had for sprinting and descending (I live in the ...
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Shimano Hollowtech left crank arm getting loose

After 2 years of good use, left crank arm on my FC M542 crank set has started to get loose quite often (cca 500 km). It is usually indicated first by few now an then click-clanks somewhere in the ...
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Can't remove crank arm on older Mercier

I'm rebuilding an older Mercier and have decided to tackle the bottom bracket. I've read a few articles and watched a few videos on how to remove the crank but none of them look anything like what ...
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Expected chainline from 103 mm bottom bracket to 107 mm bottom bracket?

Frame Windsor - The Hour Hub Width - 120mm Stock Bottom Bracket Sizing - 68 x 103 mm Miche Bottom Bracket Sizing - 68 x 107 mm Miche Crank Set Requirements - 68 x 107 mm bottom bracket ...