Gears in the drivetrain of a bike.

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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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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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Left side isolated granny gear, right side all other gears? Possible and practical? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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Heavier Thicker Chains and Gears for Winter due to Salt?

I have two bikes: one having gear-things outside and one with inner-hub. The gear-outside-bike has suffered a lot due to the salt during this winter, the other hilariously looks like a new one. I ...
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The shifter for the front derailleur is “soft” in my vintage bike

So I bought a used vintage bike. I just love the bike and it's awesome. However it came with one problem: gears problems. First of all I have very little experience with bike, especially gears (...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Does gear ratio affect Power?

Let me preface by saying that this may not be the right SE. I considered asking on the Physics SE, but I thought I might try here first. If it is wrong, I am not against it being migrated. From basic ...
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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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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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What to upgrade to achieve a higher top speed?

I enjoy going fast and my current bicycle tops too early, what kind of upgrades would I need to make to achieve a taller final gear?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Effect of Rear Derailleur Cage Length

What effect does the length of the cage on a rear derailleur have on bike setup/shifting?
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Can't shift to gear one or two

I had an issue where every time I put my bike in gear 3, it would just keep "skipping". By this I mean that it wouldn't stay in gear 3; the chain would go onto it, then fall onto gear 4, then go back ...
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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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Front and Rear speed shifters aligment guide

How to align the front and rear speed shifters ? My chain dropped from the front chain ring, and I put it back on the first gear I found, then the rear one fall off, and I put the chain back on the ...
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MTB with gears or non gears, suspension or non-suspension for stunts?

I am planning to buy an MTB for learning stunts...(BTW my family wont allow me to buy a BMX because of its height). So my question is shall I go for MTB with front suspension or not and with gears or ...
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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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Bicycle slipping gears on middle sprocket gears 4-7

I see lots of questions on gears slipping but not sure it's the same as what I have. Out of 21 gears I only have problems with 4 (middle sprocket (2) on left shifter gears (4-7) on right shifter). ...