Gears in the drivetrain of a bike.

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Can you have too many in line barrel adjusters?

Just replacing the shifters on my bike. It had STI shifters and I'm putting thumb shifters on, the shifters have built in barrel adjusters. The bike also came with barrel adjusters on the down tube, ...
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24 gear SRAM shifters- PROBLEM

So recently i bought a carrera vengeance for £45 which is a bargain and the only problem was the gears(24 gear SRAM shifters) for the left side. When i got it i tried to shift but it just clicks and ...
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2 speed quad sprocket bike… do these exist? If not, why not? [closed]

I was wondering if they make a 2 speed bike with a design having 2 front sprockets (one on each side of the bottom bracket) and 2 rear sprockets such that there is some mechanism that can switch ...
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Troubleshooting a bent mech hanger [duplicate]

I think I bent the mech hanger (right term?) on my Schwinn MTB. Now changing gears is hard. I'm trying to better understand my options. What I understand so far as to what I can do: Look for a new ...
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Using only 7 speeds of an 8 speed freewheel is ok?

I currently have a 7 speed Shimano RD (rear derailleur) that is working perfectly with the stock 7 speed freewheel which is 14-28. Shimano has a MegaRange 7 speed freewheel that is 14-34 but the ...
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Why don't we see this special progressive 3x5 gear setup being offered? [duplicate]

This question is not the same as the 36 gear post which used a combination of internal hub gears, cogs, and chainrings. This one is much simpler and much lower cost. Part of the problem of something ...
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How does a RD (rear derailleur) handle variable tooth gaps?

I am trying to better understand how a rear derailleur (RD) works. I can understand how the RD moves inward and outward but suppose someone changes several of their cogs on the cassette. Let's just ...
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Gear cables replacement - inline barrel adjusters

I'm in the process of ordering replacement gear cables for my road bike which has 105-5800 groupset. My existing cables have inline barrel adjusters and I was wondering: Are the inline barrel ...
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Sensible shifting on a triple chainring?

I have found from experience on my 3x7 MTB that shifting a triple front chainring is useful if you do the following: I tend to use only the first 3 cogs in the smallest chainring so that is 3 very ...
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Worries about a gear ratio of 1:1?

I'm planning a randonneur-like bike with drop bars, STI shifters, and nevertheless some low gears. The crankset could be a "compact plus" (I guess from Sugino), 44 and 28 teeths, and the cassette a ...
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Closely spaced nonoverlapping 36 (2x12x2) gears borrowing from music theory. Good idea?

I had an idea. Why not space gears on a bike the same as musical notes? For example, in music, if you start on a certain note (let's say C3), you need to go up 12 more half steps (notes) to get to ...
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Super close ratio high gears via double size sprockets… practical?

I am wondering why they use such small cogs on a bike. Problem with that is as you get down below about 15 teeth, you cannot get precise steps to the next gear. For example, you can go 15 to 14 or ...
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Left side isolated granny gear, right side all other gears? Possible and practical?

To me, the left side on a bike that doesn't have a rear disc brake is being somewhat wasted. So how about this idea... on the right side have the normal gears but on the left side, have a ...
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Quad chainring (4x12)?

Does anyone yet make an affordable quad chainring? I would love to see a 4x12 with my staggered cog idea such that all 12 gears are shifted progressively using the 4 chainrings. Each chainring would ...
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Ideal % jump between gears?

I am wondering if people prefer equally spaced gears (such as 20% per gear change) or if (like on motorcycles), the lower gears are spread out more and the upper gears are "tighter" (more closely ...
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Triple chainring + nonstandard sloped cogset. Can this work?

It seems that on my mountain bike and all other multispeed bikes I have seen having a rear cassette or freewheel all have sloped cogs, meaning they go from largest to smallest in order of decreasing ...
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Half speed internal hub gear?

Rather than resort to radical gears such as a very small granny chainring (such as 20T) and a very large rear cog (40T), both of which can cause some problems for derailleurs as well as other problems ...
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Hypothetical 1x10 simplification to 1x3 or 1x5

This is a hypothetical question that will help viewers (including myself) better understand gears and their limitations. Suppose someone sees a bike they like at a local bikeshop and it just happens ...
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How do I change the granny gear on a cheap Walmart mountain bike?

I have a cheap ($100) 26" Walmart mountain bike (Hyper Summit) that has a triple chainring (24,34,42). It appears there is no easy way to remove the granny gear since it has what looks like some type ...
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what does a 22 gear bike look like?

I read that road bikes on average have around 22 gears and mountain bikes up to 30-40. But my hybrid only has gears numbered 1-3 on the left hand and gears numbered 1-8 on the right, so my bike's a 8 ...
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Back wheel started moving backwards when pedalling backwards

I have a 10 year old cheap 21 speed mountain bike that I have only ever done basic maintenance on (replacing inner tubes, tyres, brake pads, lubricating chain etc). I have just noticed that when I ...
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Is it better fitness-wise to ride at the maximum gear?

I just wanted to know if I will be doing more effort while riding at the maximum gear all the time, rather than changing gears constantly. My commute is an hour long, but I want it to be tougher on ...
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Gear shifts and drive speed on bikes

If I am driving in the 5th gear, can I know what is my velocity? Let's assume I am on a perfectly flat surface and moving monotonously.
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Chain is reluctant to shift into hardest gear on rear cassette

I have a Giant Escape, with Shimano Acera gears (3 speed on the front, 7 speeds on the back). When the chain is in the hardest gear on the front cassette, then it is reluctant to shift into the ...
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Can I use a 7 speed shifter on an 8 speed cassette

I am currently upgrading my mountain bike and have bought a set of wheels that accepts 8,9,10 speed cassettes but my previous wheels used a 7 speed freewheel. If i install the new wheels with an 8 ...
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rear shifter lever gets stuck when shifting gears

All the shifting was working smoothly until my bike fell off to the ground (edit1: to my right side hitting the right side of the bike) with me couple days back. Now after about a week when I took my ...
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Chain coming off with internal hub gear bike - why?

I have a Raleigh Caprice bike, about 7 years old, with sturmey archer 3 speed hub gears. There have been some problems with the hub gears in the past 9 months, which have been fixed by a mechanic. ...
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Campagnolo Cambio Corsa

Does anyone make this sort of system and sell it today, or is my only option looking for someone selling theirs? I've googled whether similar systems are being made today but found nothing to my ...
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Best bicycle for a moderate to extremely hilly suburbs?

I've moved to an area that's notoriously hilly. I had gained a lot of weight but managed to ride it off by cycling in a well built but extremely faulty and wastefully heavy chinese bike. The gears ...
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chain jumping when puilling away in a higher gear

I replaced the rear cog as the chain I had snapped and I thought it had taken some teeth off. Now when I pull away in 1-3 gears it's ok, but if I am in gears 4-7 and I try to pull away ( say I have ...
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Combine Nexus 3 Hub with Torpedo 3 gear shifter?

I have upgraded my bike with a Nexus 3 hub, but the corresponding gear shifter takes away too much handle space on my crooked handle bar (I have to grab the gear shifter during my rides). Hence, I'd ...
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Gear mis-adjustment. Loss of gears

How do I adjust the rear gears of a bike that will not change to higher gears? It is stuck in lower two or three gears.
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Derailleur/Gears Locks Up/ Freezes Up/Stalls

Hey guys I have a specialized mtb with the old oval chainrings and lately it's been locking up. When I start pedalling "hard" or faster the crank stops turning and then jumps forward a bit and ...
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Shifter clicks in but chain stays on the largest cog, when riding

I am able to change (click through) the shifter but the chain stays on the largest cog and does not move (This happens only when riding) but the gears shift as usual when the bike is stationary and I ...
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Separating the gear hanger from the derailleur

I am trying to exchange my rear derailleur. Now I have the problem of detaching it from the hanger, as you can see in the attached image, I was able to detach the gear hanger from the frame, but I ...
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Poor shifting in dense fog?

I cleaned up my bike yesterday after a particularly wet and muddy week, wiped the oil off the chain, applied a fresh batch, took it for a spin and found no issues whatever with the shifting (I go ...
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triple chainring with with single speed freewheel

I have a Hero Sprint Axis (with 18T freewheel).I ride mostly on flat roads, but want more top speed and a lower gear for starting from standstill. Is it possible to just install a triple chainring ...
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Double XT with XX1?

Is it possible to run Shimano front chain rings(xt 36/26)with xx1 for the rest of the drive chain? Currently running xx1 with 30 upfront. Loving it although am concerned I will need smaller gearing ...
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cross chaining 18 speed (2 * 9) bike

I have a 18 speed bike. There are two chain rings in the front and 9 cogs at the back. I am new to cycling and I wish to know which gear combinations should I avoid to prolong the life of the chain ...
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Adjusting Gear Actuation

I recently brought a second hand bike with Shimano Deore gears on it and when I switch up a gear on the chain-ring it requires a significant amount of actuation pressure on the 'flappy' paddle ...
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When is it time to replace the gear-cable housing?

Please keep in mind that this question is specific to mountain bikes which roll through lots of dirt and mud. I heard stories of bikes that had their cable housing last for years, but I doubt that ...
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Gears on a singlespeed frame

I'm building a new bike and have ridden a frame which feels (and looks) amazing. I'm dead set on buying it but it's a single speed frame. Ideally I would like gears at the rear. It has a dropout which ...
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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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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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Is a Shimano Dura-Ace 7800 rear derailleur compatible with a Dura-Ace 7900 11-27 cassette?

Is the Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 10 speed cassette with a ratio of 11-27 cassette compatible with a dura-ace 7800 rear derailleur? Some people say its fine but more important to me is what Shimano says ...
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Pros and cons of gears in bottom bracket vs. rear hub? [duplicate]

Since 6 years, I am the happy user of a bicycle with a Rohloff internal hub gear. German quality squeezing 14 gears and a 526% gear range into the rear hub. Less known is the newer and equally ...
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3- 5 gear special gearset?

So, a while back when I was rebuilding my vintage Shogun 6-speed, I realized that I only use 2- 3 gears on my commutes to and from school, crew, and other daily rides. The next day, I went to my local ...
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Changing Crankset on a bicycle

I have a fixed gear BTwin My Bike White. I need to upgrade but the resale value is too low for it. So I was thinking of adding gears to it which might click the real deal for me. Can I convert it ...
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What is the name of this type of bolt for the front crank on my bike?

I recently had to take the front gear off of my bike and had some difficulty undoing the bolts. Because of their poor condition, I have decided to replace them. However, I have no idea what they are ...
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Chain rubbing on new derailleur and crankset

My bicycle is a Rockrider 520. I have replaced my front derailleur with Shimano Acera FD-M390 and my crankset with Shimano Acera FC-M391. But chain is rubbing inside of FD even when FD cable is not ...