Questions about a bicycle's drivetrain system, including the chain, gears, chainring, derailers, etcetera.

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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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MTB 9 speed sram shifters/rear deralier, shimano 9 speed cassette (HG?) only shifts to 8 cogs

I have an old KHS Team ST frame that I just threw components on about 15 years ago. the drive train is SRAM esp 9.0 shifters and rear derailleur with a shimano HG cassette. I have never been able to ...
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Can you use a SRAM 10-speed Powerlock with a Shimano chain/drivetrain?

I just bought a pair of SRAM Powerlocks for 10-speed chains. The packaging says that they can only be used with SRAM chains. Will anything nasty happen if I use it with a Shimano chain and cassette?
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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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Is the plastic piece between the seven gear sprocket and the spokes hard to replace, and how?

I was given a 21 gear mountain bike as payment for some work I did for a neighbor which had been in his backyard for about a year. Though it cleaned up very well there is one part I would love to ...
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What does chain worn indicators 75% mean?

I've bought a chain wear checker made by BBB, but not sure what the percentage of worn is about? It has 2 sides, one of them indicates that the chain is worn 75% and I should replace it in the near ...
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Huffy Cranbrook 26“ Ladies' Cruiser crank / pedal / chain ”pop" sound…?

Before you say it's a cheap bike, what more do you want... I get that! :D But it's brand new, and as you pedal it... no matter the speed, you get a pop sound at a specific point on each rotation... ...
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9sp/10sp compatibility in Shimano SLX drivetrains

This is related to my previous question about SLX chainrings. I'm half way through upgrading my drivetrain from 2x9 to 2x10. I currently have: Shifters: SL-M670-I (10sp), Chainset: FC-M665 (9sp ...
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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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How to thread gear cables through outers and end caps?

I'm currently putting a bike together with recycled parts and want to get away with not having to purchase a new gear wire. On my first attempt to thread the RD wire I ended up fraying it, cutting off ...
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Can you use an Alfine 8-speed “disc” hub with a non-disc wheel?

I have a city bike with a Nexus 8-speed and I'd like to rebuild the rear wheel with an Alfine 8-speed. The only hubs I can find all seem to be disc mount hubs. My city bike has v-brakes. Is it ok to ...
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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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Have there been designs of bikes with stepless transmission?

Today we studied about mechanical stepless drives, which appear to be used quite widely in industry machines, such as CNC lathes. The concept of varying the transmission ratio arbitrary, without ...
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Upgrading rear derailer and cassette

I recently got what most people would consider a cheap and toy road bike as a gift. It came with very primitive RD and cassette (shimano SIS? I think). I enjoy upgrading my stuff, my question is, ...
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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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How much does number of gears matter for a front derailleur?

I need a low clamp 2x10 front derailleur. As it turns out to be a challenge to find locally, I begin to wonder How important is the rear gear specification? What is I get 2x9? How important is ...
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What will I need to consider when modernizing a pre-1990s steel frame? [closed]

I'm in the process of upgrading a well loved 1970s steel frame from a downtube shifter system to a modern 'brifter' system. Through this process I've had to look at many disparate sources to get ...
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What's the point in a freewheel/cassette with incrementally sized rings?

Pictured is a freewheel with 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20 tooth sprockets. What I don't understand is why such small increments are worthwhile. Surely the point of having gears is the variance that they ...
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Is this FD compatible with this crankset: 2 teeth too litle

I am a proud owner of this guy. The crankset is SRAM S1200, 36/22 and the FD is SRAM X7, direct mount. However, the cage on the FD broke, and I ordered this item in a hurry. 1) Dyna-Sys 10-speed ...
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Going from a 1x8 to 2x10 setup

After using my bike for a year I feel that although I enjoy the simplicity of a single chainring setup, I would prefer a more versatile 2x10 setup and would like to move to it. Currently the two ...
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Transmission (cassette/crankset) considerations for 1st road bike purchase

I currently have a touring bike, with fenders, rack, panniers, and so on. I currently run a triple crankset 28/38/48 and 9sp 11-34 cassette. I mostly commute and tour with this bike. And with a fair ...
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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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What components are required to upgrade from a 14 speed to 24 speed?

I made the mistake of buying a 14 speed bike... I live in WA so it's hills everywhere you turn, took it for a spin yesterday and while on flat surfaces it felt great, but taking hills or going down a ...
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Can I run 2x10 XT Shifters on a flatbar road bike with 105 10 speed STI components?

I want to run 2x10 XT shifters on a flatbar but still want use the 10 speed 105 components of the road bike would there be any problems?
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Why do bikes have their drivetrains on the right?

Every bicycle I have seen in my life has its gears and chain on the right side? Why is this? The only thing I could find regarding this question is this forum topic, which speculates about things such ...
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Replacing 42/52 crankset to 39/52 - will it make a difference?

I have several questions that arise from the fact that the current drivetrain on my old Peugeot road bike is pretty tough to ride when climbing up some steep hills: so I've got a 42/52 up front and 6 ...
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At what point does one need to replace a chain ring on a mountain bike?

The large chainring on my mountain bike is missing a number of teeth on one side (apparently the side I like to go over rocks on). Is it harmful to the drivetrain to ride without these if I'm not ...
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Problems shifting under load [duplicate]

I've spent hours with my bike on the stand. On the stand: it performs great. When I ride, I can cause the rear gears to shift just by changing how hard I pedal (the harder i pedal, the higher up on ...
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What is the name of the part by the right-hand pedal on to which the chain grips?

There's a part common to all bikes that resides by the right-hand pedal that holds the front sprockets upon which the chain grips? I'm aware that this part contains the sprocket or sprockets on to ...
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How to remove a Shimano Quick-Link?

I'm currently repurposing an old frame and replacing the drivetrain. If possible I'd keep the old 7 speed drive train the bike had together in case I ever find a use for it. The chain is an HG40 quick-...
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Can a 10-speed chain be used with a 9-speed cassette?

I have an extra 10-speed chain I would like to use with a 9-speed cassette on my mountain bike. Will this combination work ok?
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What components are recommended for entry level mountain bike?

I am looking for an entry level mountain bike. I plan on using it on real mountain bike trails, not just unpaved trails and greenways. Specifically, here's what I'd like: good shifters/derailleurs ...
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Weed-eater bike conversion - Safe rpm?

I've recently started working on retrofitting an old bike with an even older weed-eater engine. The engine will sit atop a bicycle rack and directly drive the rear wheel tire (engine has a built-in ...
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No more chainguide from Sram?

I remember I saw somewhere new Sram system that does not require chainguide. Don't remember the model, but could you please tell me more about it? How does it work?
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Minimal effort chain cleaning

One of the main reasons I eventually give up my bicycle commute in winter is that keeping my bike -mainly the drivetrain- clean despite all the rain/dirt/salt/hail/snow becomes too much of a time suck....
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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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Should I remove the chain before installing new rear derailleur?

I want to put a new Sram X7 instead of killed one, should I open the chain (if I have no chain lock) or it's better to open the derailleur?
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FC-M330 replacement

I have a Trek 4500 with a Shimano FC-M330 crankset. I need to replace the crankset and was hoping that someone could tell me the current replacement. I believe that I have narrowed it down to the FC-...
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Are these chainrings the reason my chain skips/hops?

When I ride my bike normally, then chain skips like crazy. I know it skips in the front because I stuck some paper in the chain to see if it moved and it didn't. Chainrings:
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How to: Sram 2x10 to 1x10

I'm thinking on converting my Sram transmission 2x10 to 1x10, this is with a single chain ring. My biggest doubt is how to prevent cross chaining, do I need to get a special chain or how do I prevent ...
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Can I replace chainrings without replacing the rest of the drive train?

I now ride a 60cm SurlyLHT with chain rings at 26/36/48t. Can I replace with a smaller set at 22/32/46t (or similar combination) without having to replace the entire drive train - cassette, rear ...
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I need help on how to make my bike faster [closed]

Hi Just wanted to ask how to make my bike faster. Do I change the front chainring to a larger one, if so do I have to get a whole new drive train or can I just get another shimano large ring. Can I ...
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How to avoid wearing out gears?

I have a Specialized Tricross which I bought new last year. In that time (approximately 1K miles), I wore out my chain and gears. At least two of my gears are still slipping, even with a new chain. ...
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How far off a chain line can I go?

I'm struggling to find a replace crank set to replace the SR Suntour set that came on my bike. The chain rings were riveted together so on bending one I had to replace the set. There's very few 7 ...
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How do I take apart the axle and freehub on this bike

I have a long wheelbase recumbent built by Sun Bicycles. There are some complications with finding out what kinds of components went into the interior of the bike. Brakes and shifters have their ...
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Six speed chain on an eight speed bike

So in the shop they asked me "what chain do you need" and I said 7. They said "you could try this 6-speed, it is half the price of a 7, and we put it on 7-speeds all the time". I said "ok", only to ...
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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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When Installing chainrings which are pinned, how should I orient the chain drop prevention pin?

I'm setting up a double crankset with a new front chainring which is ramped and pinned. How should I orient the outer front chainring with respect to the chain drop prevention pin? Should this line ...
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Is there a Campagnolo / Shimano compatibility issue for friction shift systems?

I know that for indexed systems, mixing campy and shimano parts is a no-no. Does the same hold for friction drive trains? The reason I ask is that I've never worked on campy parts before and I'm ...