Mechanism to move the chain from one sprocket to another.

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Problem with chain skipping without trying to shift (even with new chain and gears)

I have a mountain bike where the chain intermittently skips when put under load on the middle (and very rarely on the smallest) chain ring. It is not related to shifting. I've taken several steps to ...
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Problems with front derailleur shifting on an inexpensive bike

I bought a cheapish bike (Nakamura) couple of years ago, and it generally serves me well. Main problem that I have is that shifting gears, especially front gears often gets out of tune. After only a ...
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How can I increase the highest gear ratio?

I am looking for some higher cog front gears for an old bike I am considering. I've been away from it for some time and don't know the current number of cogs on the front ring, but I am looking to ...
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3 Speed Front Derailleur can't reach small gear

I bought a new frame and put my old Campagnolo Racing T components on it. The seat tube has a diameter of 35mm and I use the Campagnolo 35mm clamp for the Racing T derailleur. The problem is the ...
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Selecting a front derailleur: parameters

Here is a sample Shimano FD. What does Maximum capacity: 22 teeth mean? Why are Top gear teeth constrained to 44/48T? Is there anything wrong with 46? What is Cable Routing: dual-pull type? And most ...
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Are there mechanical advantages and disadvantages of various front derailleur styles?

In general there are: High clamp Low clamp Braze on Top pull Bottom pull And in particular, is any of those better choice regarding reliability and durability for touring bicycle.
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Can't push lever to shift into big ring, lever will not move all the way

I just installed a new 6800 groupset on my bike for the first time, and everything went O.K except for the front derailleur. I can't shift it into the big ring, if I push the lever to change to the ...
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Using WD40 for cleaning (not lubricating..)

I plan on cleaning/re-greasing my rear derailleur this weekend, something I've never done before. I watched a video on youtube.. the guy wiped it clean first, then used a spray lube (dry I assume?!) ...
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Practical benefits of expensive jockey wheels?

Today I had to make a detour to the bike shop as a jockey wheel decided to fly out of a friend's derailleur. The shop were able to supply a replacement retaining bolt free of charge, however the only ...
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Front derailleur sticking, not shifting. Will soaking in solvent damage parts?

I've got an older deore lx front derailleur for a mountain triple crankset. It wasn't shifting properly, and it seems that it's sticking and not returning back to a neutral position when I shift it. ...
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Is it practical to replace two sprockets on a cassette?

My bike has 53/39T chainrings and a cassette with 12,13,14,15,17,19,21,23,25 sprockets, but I like to ride up steep mountain roads. Is it possible (without great expense) to replace two sprockets to ...
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Rusty Front Derailleur – Replace or Repair?

My front derailleur has stopped shifting. Have a look at that rusty spring. Is it worth trying to fix, or should I just replace it?
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Which pulley is which on my Shimano STX RC derailleur?

I disassembled my rear derailleur to clean it; when I removed the sprockets they basically looked the same; both jet black and caked with all sorts of black grease-like-stuff. I figured they were the ...
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Does a rear derailleur guard provide effective protection?

I recently caught my rear derailleur on a log and snapped it in two. I have done some recent work on some department store bikes and noticed that some come equipped with an axle mounted guard around ...
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Where are my barrel adjusters for my shifting cables?

I have a Devinci Caribou I and I was trying to adjust the front derailleur. I got the top and bottom stops adjusted right, but it seems that it doesn't downshift correctly from the biggest cog to the ...
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Is my front derailleur angled straight?

I am attempting to adjust my front gears and have also been following a video to adjust the high/low position of my front derailleur. The issue I am having is that the low adjustment is no where near ...
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Road Shifters, Mountain Rear Derailleur?

I have a road/cyclocross/commuter frame that is currently spec'd with road components - all Shimano 105, with an Ultegra rear derailleur. The cassette (10 spd) tops out at 27 teeth, and the rear ...
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Unable to shift to lower gears; Shimano 6 speed SIS rear deraillers

Presently I'm able to ride my bike only in 5th and 6th gears. I cannot turn the shifter (it's too tight) to move the chain to lower gears. The low stop-screw is all right and it was working till ...
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What's a good, reliable mountain bike drivetrain (1x10?)

I'm thinking about switching my Salsa El Mariachi 29er mountain bike from singlespeed to gears. I love the reliability and simplicity of the singlespeed, but I've been doing more rides that involve ...
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Can I fit a cassette with a larger range with my Shimano Tiagra 10-speed ( GS-4600) derailleur?

I'm currently running a 2x10 shimano tiagra 10-speed drivetrain with a 50/34 compact crankset, a 12-30 rear cassette, and a Shimano Tiagra GS-4600 derailleur (that's medium cage aka road long cage) on ...
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How do I select a rear deraileur for my mountain bike?

I have damaged my rear derailer and are looking for a replacement, aside from replacing it with the exact same model, what do I look for in terms of compatibility. I note that there are long medium ...
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Upgrade Shimano Sora shifters to 105

I want to upgrade my 3x9 Sora shifters to 3x10 105s. However, looking at the Shimano Compatibility Chart, it appears to indicate that I'll have to replace my front and rear derailleurs in addition to ...
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Friction Shifter Rear Derailleur, Not Holding Low Gear

My 86' Raleigh 10 speed with friction shifters insists on not holding the lowest gear. If I hold it in the low gear, it will stay but the moment I remove my hand, it goes back up. I'm assuming it is a ...
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Using 9 speed Deore front shifter with 10 speed Ultegra front Deraileur

I am trying to build a bike out of all the spare parts I have in my garage. I found a 3x9 Deore front shifter, 3x10 Ultegra front d and crankset. Would they work together? By the way, I am building a ...
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Shimano 105 front derailleur cage won't move at all

Got a brand new shimano 105 FD double. I put the chain on the small ring and when I adjust the limit screw the cage can't go towards the frame enough so that the chain can't go to the largest rear cog ...
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How do I tune up the shifters/derailleurs on my mountain bike?

I have a Diamondback mountain bike with Shimano shifters that I bought used last summer, and over time the shifting has gone out of whack. For example, on the front wheel I can't shift into the ...
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Derailleur guard on road bikes?

I live in an area with lots of debris, dodgy paving, and rain, and to make matters worse, I fall down sometimes (I know!). The main things that get damaged, of course, are the brake handles and the ...
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(Automatic Bike Project) amount of torque required to change gears?

I am planning to build an electronically controlled automatic bike transmission for my senior design project. I'm personally more of an electrical guy, so dealing with the mechanics is somewhat new to ...
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How to trim down using Shimano Tiagra front derailleur shifters?

I have Shimano Tiagra 9 Speed shifters on my road bike. On my front deraileur, when I shift up (smaller chain ring to larger chain ring), I can control the amount my derailleur moves, therefore I can ...
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Direct Mount with top and bottom swing?

I want to buy a new frame that supports Direct Mount. Now I read that Bottom Swing is preferable for hardtails. At the same time, it was also mentioned that Bottom Swing is mounted higher onto the ...
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Should replacing the rear derailleur on my 80s road bike with a Campy Nuovo improve shifting?

I'm considering replacing the Simplex SX410 derailleur for a Campy Nuovo Record on my early 80s Mercier (6-speed cassette). Reason being that there has been for several years now a problem shifting ...
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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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Password protect Shimano Di2?

I'm working on a bike with Shimano Di2 (electronic shifting with servo motors in the derailleurs), and I use the e-tube software on a laptop to configure it. What I would like to do is be able to ...
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How do I properly adjust a front derailleur?

I have a Shimano FD-TX50. How should I adjust it?
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When to replace rear derailleurs

What is the typical life cycle of mid-range rear derailleurs assuming no accidents? More precisely, what's the average mileage after which it's better to replace it rather than doing tuning all the ...
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What causes my chain to derail at the rear when I accelerate?

I recently bought a beat-up old mountain bike for commuting. I've tried to clean and adjust the derailleurs and everything seems to work well enough in my garage. But when I put heavy weight on the ...
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Gear shift adjustments

I recently had to replace the shifters on my bike. The replacement was easy enough, but now when I shift the derailleur either jumps too far or too short. I've tried using the adjustment screws on the ...
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Chain with master link / quick connect link doesn't clear rear derailleur

Bought a chain with a master link (packaging said quick connect link), it looks just like this: This bit however won't fit cleanly through my derailleur, it snags on the wall right as it goes onto ...
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Has bicycle gearing become 'easier' over the last few decades?

If you look at a 10-12 speed bicycle from the days before indexed gears you have a 27"/700c wheel with a 42/52 chainset and a 14-28 freewheel. At the time such a setup was standard for High Street ...
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Adjusting rear derailleur - shifts to lower gear, but not to higher

Well, it will shift to a higher gear, but it takes two clicks of the shifter and it skips over a gear when it does shift. With one click the chain hangs on the current gear by the slimmest if threads. ...
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Brand New bike, chain slips into spokes on first gear

I just bought my first bike as an adult with the intents of biking to work. This bike is brand new, is the Schwinn Admiral 700c from Walmart. I get it home and whenever I shift into first gear the ...
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Can Shimano 600 front derailleur handle 3 chain wheels?

I have a 48-38-28 chainwheel and I wonder if Shimano 600EX Arabesque has enough leeway to accommodate it. If you know another derailleur from the same era that could do it that would be also useful to ...
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Are derailluers always or usually compatible with any cassettes?

Is it OK to choose a derailleur without taking into consideration the cassette that will be used with it and vice-versa?
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Why is my front Derailleur not shifting as smooth as it used to?

I have a Specialized Hard Tail 10' Model. When I ride and am shifting to the bigger gear on my front derailleur it isn't as smooth as it used to be or sometimes doesn't shift to the gear I'm going ...
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How to adjust cable length on integrated brake/shift levers, when there is no barrel adjuster?

I feel bad asking this question because I've been doing bicycle maintenance for over 20 years and this seems like a noob question. I was unable to find a Shimano manual to answer this question. I ...
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SRAM Rival front derailleur throws chain to the outside, even after professional adjustment

TL;DR: if you have a SRAM Rival front derailleur I'd love to know if yours looks "funny" like mine does--it's described in bold. I have a SRAM Rival groupset (from late 2011), including front ...
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change derailleur and shifter in an old road bike reconverted to hybrid

I have an old road bike, that I converted to a hybrid bike, I just use it for small tourings. Some time ago I changed the handlebar, the brake levers and the tires. Recently the derailleur broke up, ...
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Shimano short cage rear derailleur capacity

Can an Ultegra or 105 short cage RD handle a 30T ?
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Adding front derailleur vs upgrading the rear one on a (ladies) bicycle

What I want to achieve is going from having some gears to having more gears. To be more specific I would like to get more gear ratio range in both low and high end. First of all I tried to look for ...
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Can I change a 3speed sturmey archer to a derailleur system?

Might be daft but can I change an internal hub for a derailleur option. I have an old bike which is slow but I do love it. I want to upgrade my running gear but the "chassis" is still tip-top. I don't ...