Mechanism to move the chain from one sprocket to another.

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Perfectly setting up gears - how?

Every time I have my bike serviced, the bike shop sets up the gears on a stand in their workshop. The gears change perfectly on the stand, but when the bike is on the road, the rear derailleur doesn't ...
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What are the pros and cons of internal gears?

I've had my hybrid 24-speed for a bit over 3 years now, and just last weekend, when looking for a bike for my wife, discovered internal gears. Suffice to say it blew my mind when I saw 7-speed ...
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What's the efficiency of hub gears compared to derailleurs?

What's the efficiency of hub gears compared to derailleurs. I know that hub gears are not as efficient, a part from being heavier, how much will I loose in performance if I use hub gear?
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Is there such thing as an automatic transmission for bikes?

Has anyone ever designed or manufactured an automatic transmission (or automatic shifter?) for cycling? I imagine such a device would automatically change the gearing to allow the rider to maintain ...
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Relative efficiency of different commute bike setups

My interest is in long distance commuting (e.g. more than 50 km a day) and the relative efficiencies of different commute bike setups (e.g. drop bars vs flat bars, fenders vs no fenders, panniers vs ...
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How do I prevent the rear derailleur from slipping gears?

What's the best way to tune the rear derailleur of my bike to stop slipping gears? It seems that every time I re-adjust it, the middle/upper gears are perfectly aligned, but the lower gears never ...
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Why has indexed shifting displaced traditional friction shifting?

I really don't like indexed shifters, at least on the front. They're harder to adjust, more sensitive to cable stretching, and limit the number of gear combinations you can use (because you can't ...
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Chart for bicycle component quality?

I'm not very familiar with all the different component groups available and wondered if there's a chart that ranks their quality (or price). So I'd know that Shimano 105 is the same level as SRAM ...
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How do I locate and loosen the rear derailleur hanger bolt?

Context: I need to remove my rear derailleur so that I can attach an alignment tool and straighten things out. Images of the rear derailleur while the bike is upside-down: ...
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Is it normal for my derailleur cables to cross over on the down tube?

I've just picked myself up a Specialized Allez Sport 2014 road bike from Evans Cycles (UK). I test rode the bike and I'm happy with the bike, but when I got home, and flipped the bike over to make a ...
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Setting light to a derailleur

At 3:30ish in this video, they set light to a front derailleur. Why? Degreasing it? Waxy lube that needs melting in? I can't think of a good reason. Any ideas?
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What can I do to keep my rear derailler in good condition when commuting in the snow?

In the winter, it seems that whatever I do, my rear derailleur stops functioning after few weeks of commuting in light snow. Ice always gets in there somehow, and the chain refuses to move the wheel, ...
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Why does my rear derailleur keep breaking?

I upgraded my rear-mech with a new cassette, chain and new cables a few weeks ago since then i've mangled two rear mechs! Both times I've just been riding along; not in a big gear; not at the ...
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Why do deraillers require a freewheel?

I've seen fixies with internal hubs, but a non-freewheeling rear wheel with deraillers seems to be unrepresented: | Freewheel? | Derailler? | Yes | No | ...
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Chain slipping off derailleur jockey (need suggestions ASAP)

Last week, I had to abandon a training ride due to my chain slipping off my rear derailleur jockey. This would only happen when shifting, and most often when either shifting chainrings or shifting ...
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How tight should my chain be?

I recently put new tires on my bike, and in so doing, removed and replaced the wheels. It seems that now my chain has more slack in it than before, and if I pedal backwards while in the smaller cog ...
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Is there a downside to spoke protectors?

A few weeks ago, the derailer on my touring bike caught on the chain and ripped itself off the frame. (See the link below for more info on the incident.) The spoke protector was cracked in half by ...
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Mechanic says not to use top three/bottom two gears or the chain will throw

I just bought a BTwin Fit 5, all stock, fresh from the distributor, Decathlon. Took it for light pacing at the store and things seemed OK. About 100 metres out the door, I shift up to the top end of ...
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How do I adjust my rear derailleur (Shimano SIS) when it is only slightly out?

It has been a while since I had my bike serviced and the gears are sometimes slightly out of perfect alignment. This results in the occasional mis-shift. I also think the change in seasons have ...
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XTR Shadow Plus derailleur soft setting?

XTR Shadow Plus derailleur has a switch between a hard and soft chain tension. The difference is hardly noticeable when shifting. Is there ever any good reason to use the soft setting when the hard ...
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When to change derailleur pulleys?

A friend said me that if you have one part in a very bad condition like a cassette and then you put a new stuff like a new chain it will destroy the new stuff very quickly. A LBS said that I should ...
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Is my chain too long?

I'm in the process of setting up a new drive train. When using the smaller chainring and smallest sprocket (hence least amount of utilized chain), the chain brushes up against the bottom of the ...
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Why do current, entry-level shimano rear derailers have large-diameter pulleys?

I have seen (and recently bought) entry-level rear derailers from Shimano (Tourney for MTB, 2300 for road bike), and I keep wondering why they are making these parts with such large pulleys. I don't ...
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Electronic shifters

I have been reading alot about the electronic shifters that are out now, specifically the ones on TREK bikes. I was wondering if they are worth the price, and more importantly how do they perform.
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Bike is shifting on its own

Ever since I got my bike (Surly Long Haul Trucker), it has been prone to shifting on its own. This is almost guaranteed to happen when I stand up on the pedals, and happens regularly when sitting as ...
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Single speed conversion chain keeps derailing rear cog under load?

The chain on my SS mt bike keeps coming off the rear cog under load (like when I hit a steep hill) it will hold right after it's tightened but after a few hills it starts coming off non-stop. Talked ...
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Why does my bike stick in low gears?

When I change into a low gear (i.e. onto a bigger cog) on my back cog all is fine. However, when I later change up again the chain sticks on the larger cog. I commute about 10 miles a day and this has ...
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Comparing gear ratios on different bike types

How can I compare gear ratios on different wheel sizes? How can I compare gear ratios on MTB with tracking bikes with bigger wheels? How can I compare gear ratios with gear hubs?
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Apart from the size, is there any difference between chains for derailleurs or for single-speed / internally geared hubs?

I might need to replace my bicycle chain (see this question). The store where I've bought components before (cyclecomponents.com) seems to be entirely marketed to derailleurs, and I have an internally ...
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Can a rear derailleur be used for either a 9 speed cassette or 10 speed cassette?

I currently have a 9 speed 11-25T cassette on my road bike. I'm thinking about switching to a different cassette with more teeth on the climbing gear. The cassette I'm currently look at is a Shimano ...
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Rear derailleur shifting poorly, skipping gears

I've got a Shimano Sora on a 8-gear cassette, and have odd behavior and skipping, shifting under stress. This started with a trip to the mechanic for a tune up which replaced the chain. I had some ...
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Putting a front Derailleur on a carbon frame

Do you put anything under the clamp on the carbon to protect it? In the past I've tightened brakes on MTB handle bars to much and wrecked them so I'm wondering.
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How to calculate the capacity of a rear derailleur

It's easy to calculate what capacity of a rear derailleur will be needed based on the size of the big and small chainring and the big and small cog. What about the converse question, how to calculate ...
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Upgrade Shimano from 9- to 10- speed

I'm thinking of upgrading the 9-speed Tiagra rear mech on one of my (road) bikes to something, still Shimano, but 10-speed. The obvious replacements I'll need are cassette, right-shifter and chain. ...
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How can you identify if a Shimano rear derailleur is medium or long cage?

I have a 2013 Shimano XT rear derailleur. It is part of a 2x10 drivetrain. How can I find out if it is a medium or a long cage one? The picture below shows the derailleur.
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is this derailleur short cage or long cage?

I'm selling the rear derailleur off this bike, and someone asked whether it's short or long cage. I assume it's long. Is this correct?
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Why do some people leave the chain sitting on the smaller sprocket when the bike is not used for a while?

I guess it is something related to the springs in the derailleur. But is it that important?
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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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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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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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What to use to clean a derailleur?

I'm not sure what type of solvent to use to clean a derailleur.
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Different Gear Type when there's no Front Derailleur?

I have a 7 speed Jamis Boss Cruiser, 7 gears in back and one up front. I've been using it fine for several months now. Lately, the chain is coming off of the single front gear, usually after stopping ...
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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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Why is there a distinction between friction and indexed derailleurs?

I've seen people make a distinction between a derailleur being for friction or indexed. Is this distinction somehow functional? I can't see how it could be, because every derailleur I've ever seen ...
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How do I tell if jockey wheels need overhaul or replacement?

I am refurbishing a bike and am deciding how much to clean out the rear derailleur. It's in pretty good shape. But after I take off the chain, I tried spinning the jockey wheels with my fingers ...
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Replacing the front derailleur: unlink the chain?

If I want to replace the front derailleur on an already set up bicycle (replace SRAM Apex with SRAM Force), do I have to unlink and relink the chain on order to thread it through the FD cage? Or can I ...
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If a derailleur cable snaps on a long ride, how can I keep going?

A couple weeks ago I rode around Crater Lake, a 35 mile ride with over 4500 feet of cumulative elevation gain – the sort of ride you really want functional gears for. The night before my rear ...
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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 ...