Gears in the drivetrain of a bike.

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Why can't the gear ratio be something like 100:1? Is it practically possible?

I am planning to develop a bicycle on my own for a competition. But the main requirement of it is that it must be able to develop a maximum speed. If I am able to cast the sprockets with gear ratio ...
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Shifters and internal gears

I have an Airnimal Joey with 8 (internal, Shimano Inter 8) rear gears. I wanted to install drops handlebars and the shifters. I got the Shimano Sora ST-3300-8 Right / Rear 8 Speed Shifter, which I ...
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When going up hills, my gears drop 2 to 3 slots. Is this my cable tension?

I own an old bike, with the old style gear shifters (levers). I have been trying to get the cable tension right. However, it seems to be getting worse. Whenever I am on a slight incline or just in a ...
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what will happen if I change gears on a mountain bike at a standstill? Will it break?

My boyfriend just bought a brand new bike and was trying to teach me to ride it, and (I, being a complete noob) when I was standing with it I messed with the gears using the handle at a standstill. ...
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Compact crankset, how to use and criticality of cross chaining

I have a road bike with 50/34 compact crankset and 12/27 10sp cassette. While I don't think I could run a 53/39 one given the hills I happen to climb, but sometimes I get the feeling the right gears ...
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Why does my gear slip when going uphill / standing?

I have a road bike that I use to commute ~6 miles to work every day. Some of the portions of the ride are at a steep incline, and I've noticed that when I get up to stand on some of these hills, my ...
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How to remove rust from gears?

I have a 2 year old Diamondback bike with gears that have already rusted while living in the desert southwest. I'm not sure how or if they can be cleaned. Also, was something I should have done to ...
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Slippage Under Load [New Bike]

I got a new bike a three or four weeks ago and have noticed the issue arise this last week or two. When I'm going up a hill (or any heavy load), my gears will slip. I don't think it's moving ...
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What is the simplest way to lower the gearing on my touring bike?

I have a 2004 Jamis Aurora with a 52/42/30 triple and an 11-32 cassette in the back. 30x32 (25.3 gear inches) being the lowest gear is frustrating for the hilly terrain where I live (e.g., 7% grade ...
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Why is 2nd largest rear cog making clicking noise?

I have constant clicking noise from the 2nd largest rear cog on my cycle. It starts as soon as I shift into the 2nd gear either from 1st or 3rd gear. I have checked the following things - 1. Cable ...
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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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Wrong bike gear

Recently I discovered that my bike's back gears are shifted two gears off constantly. So when it says I'm in 1st gear I'm actually in 3rd and when it says I'm in 2nd I'm actually in 4th. The shifter ...
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Compact gears and chains

Wanting to know if you can use a compact crank and also use a compact cassette , I have placed both on my bike but the chain seems to be at the extreme when placing the chain in the smallest gear and ...
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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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Can't change into the largest sprocket on rear derailleur

I bought my first road bike recently, and I've noticed I can't change into the largest cog/sprocket on the rear derailleur because when I pull the shifter the chain is pushed into the side of the ...
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What tension should the front derailleur cable be when setting it up?

I'm attempting to setup my front derailleur. I've slackened off the cable, adjusted the L screw so the derailleur just clears the chain. What position should the adjusting barrel on the handles be set ...
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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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How can I prevent “chain suck”? [duplicate]

I know what the above is: when your chain bunches when you change gears & the bunch runs through the front derailleur and wrenches it. This damage is pretty much irreparable, and has cost me far ...
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Are there any tricks or pitfalls in timing gear changes?

I have noticed that my bike sometimes changes gears incredibly smoothly—quietly, quickly, very little 'jolt' through my pedals—while other times I get a rough, clunky change. I'm wondering if there's ...
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Why doesnt my chain fit on my cog?

I ride a fixed gear bike and I wanted to change the rear wheel, I'm sort of new to all the bike knowledge but i couldn't find an answer to this. i ride 46 x 18, i don't know if its good or bad, i can ...
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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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Raleigh AT20 series bottom bracket affects derailleur

I took out the bottom bracket to clean it etc taking off the pedal shafts etc - and when it came to putting it back - the front derailleur was well out of adjustment - Have I done something wrong>- ...
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Beside drive train, what is the difference between group components (e.g. 105 vs. Ultegra)?

In his previous post, jmusits asked the difference between the Shimano 105 and Ultegra drive train. Obviously, the derailleur is certainly one of the major components of a group. However levers, ...
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Slow switching up higher gears

I have a fairly new MTB and I'm currently trying to tune the gears. Currently I can change down gears pretty smoothly I.e. 6 > 5 > 4 etc but going up the gears is slow for the chain to switch cogs. ...
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How to position a bike for work without a stand

I want to tweak my gears, from time to time: Adjust my front and rear derailleur limits, see if the shifts are smooth, make small adjustments on the cable tension, and so on. Is there any way to get ...
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I need to change my bike from UK to US Spec

I bought a bike from the UK. The brakes and shifters are on the opposite sides. I want to change it so the front brake is on the left and the rear is on the right, Same thing for the shifters. I ...
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Do faired recumbents need more gear range?

I am researching into faired recumbents, bicycles or trikes, such as the Velomobile Quest or the Sunrider. I'm interested in cycling long distances as a daily commute and for touring, but have no ...
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how to fix gear ring that over-jumps

I am pretty new here, and I am not acknowledged with the bicycle terminology in English, so this topic might be a duplicate. Sorry in advance. So, when I put more pressure while pedaling, the chain ...
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Does never using the easy front gear give a better workout?

I have a road bike with a 52/36 crankset. I make it a point to never use the easy gear because I think that it gives me a better workout when climbing hills. Another reason I don't use it is because ...
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How to check the gear before renting a bike?

I don't own a bicycle. Whenever I go cycling, I would need to rent one. The first thing that I always check is to see if the brakes are working properly. Sometimes, I have no idea that the gear is ...
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Number of gears for a racer

I am looking to upgrade my racer, I currently have a Bottecchia racer from the mid-80s and it has 14 gears. While looking around for newer racers I noticed that a number of them had 20 gears while ...
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Are single-speed bikes better equipped to handle cog/chain wear?

I need to decide between a single-speed and multiple-speed bike. I usually ride multiple-speed mountain/city bikes in the highest gear anyway (around town). They're not intended for that, and doing ...
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Gear up-shift not smooth

When I am pedaling hard and shift to a larger sprocket, the shift is not smooth or sometimes doesn't happen at all. Sometimes even double up-shifts don't work. There is no problem shifting when I test ...
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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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Does new chainring require change of other parts?

I'm thinking about changing my 2nd chanring to a smaller one (2 chanring setup). I hear most people recommend to change the chain when changing the cassette. Hence my question: should I expect to ...
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What is a better gearing combination for downhill?

One of the tracks I've been riding recently is testing both my skill level and my bike. The track is a combination steepness and roughness that makes it significantly different to what I've previously ...
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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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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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Why are there almost no bikes with a single chainring?

Bikes with two or three chainrings are the norm, and then there are singlespeeds, but except for kids' bikes, you see almost no stock bikes with a single chainring in front but a cassette and ...
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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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Refitting Cable to Rear Derailleur

Whilst riding recently the cable slipped from the clamp on the rear derailleur. I'm attempting to affect repairs by re-clamping the cable. However by pulling the cable tight I have lost the bottom 2 ...
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Help Me Understand My Bicycle's Gears

I've recently started commuting with a bicycle (Giant hybrid bicycle). I've been trying to learn a little about bicycling to make my commute easier and my time on the bicycle more enjoyable. Please ...
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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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Can I add gears on a bmx?

Just asking if it is possible. My friend added gears, but won't it damage the look or my cycle?
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How much faster can i go after moving from 2x10 to a 3x10 gear setup?

My 26" mountain bike currently has a 2x10 gear setup with SRAM components: a SRAM S-1250 crank with 38/24 chainrings, and a SRAM PG-1030, 10-speed, 11-36t cassette. I feel that when riding on ...
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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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Chain skipping on some gears

I have an old cruising bike with 21 gears. A few months ago I was pedalling back home when my chain broke, and I was only able to get the chain replaced this week. After having it replaced I noticed ...
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Mixing 9-speed Tiagra and 9-speed Deore XT

I currently have a road bike with the following setup for the gears: 9-speed Tiagra front and rear derailleurs, Sora shifters, all from 2009: 30/39/52 Crankset 11-25 Cassette. I need some more low ...
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What tricks do you use to avoid damaging cables when adjusting the gears?

I was trying to adjust gears, and being my first time, I ended up damaging the cable. I mean that I "smashed" it, the threads became apart, and it was dangerous to deal with it. I replaced the cable, ...
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Switching to Lower Gears for Climbing

Right now, I've got a SRAM 11/26 cassette. I just moved to San Francisco, and some of the climbs out here (e.g., Mt. Tamalpais) are pretty brutal with over an hour of climbing. My cadence over some of ...