Gears in the drivetrain of a bike.

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2,600km on an 8 speed bike?

I am about to go off on a 2,600km tour from Austia through Italy, finish in Malta. I originally planned to do this solo trip on my Giant Trance x2 full suspension but decided not to since it is too ...
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Make a 3-gear bike go easy on uphill

I want to see how can I make this 3-gear bike go easier on uphill. It has an internal gear hub. I don't know much about bikes but I'm thinking if I can merely replace the hub for one with 14 gears (...
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Rear index shifting not staying in middle gears

I have replaced a chain (SRAM PC 830) and 7 speed freewheel (Shimano MF-HG37) on the back of my daily commuter bike about 300 miles/ 3 weeks ago with the same models. The old parts lasted me 4000 ...
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Are the numbers on a shifter standardised?

My bike has several gears labelled one to six. Do these numbers relate specifically to a certain standard? In other words, would a bike set to say gear four on one bike, perform in the same way as ...
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Which gears combinations shouldn't be used?

Is there any general rule or recommendation to avoid usage of certain gears combinations (for 2xN and 3xN gears systems)? Do they differ for mtb and road bikes? I know that it's recommended not 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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Questions about shifting from a new road cyclist

I recently purchased a used bike from my local co-op. I've ridden previously on fixed bikes with straight bars, but this bike is the first one I've owned where I have to shift and use drop handlebars. ...
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Has bicycle gearing become 'easier' over the last few decades?

If you look at a 10-12 speed bicycle from the days before indexed gears you have a 27"/700c wheel with a 42/52 chainset and a 14-28 freewheel. At the time such a setup was standard for High Street ...
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Why is 53/39 known as “standard” for road bikes?

In common cycling parlance, 53/39 is referred to as "standard" gearing for road cranksets, and most mechanics or experienced cyclists will understand that if you say you have a "standard crankset", ...
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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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Is it typical for the front and rear gear levers to be reversed?

I recently purchased my first bicycle since I was a kid. The bike I bought has individual gear levers for shifting up and down for both the front and rear gears. I thought it was odd that these levers ...
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cable tension for Shimano 105 Front derailleur is very tight

I just got a merida scultura 400 and on the biggest chainring there's rubbing on the outside of the front derailleur cage. the only way that I can lower this is by tightening the cable by ALOT. is ...
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can down tube shifters be used with a gear set of 21 gears? (3x7)

I have two bikes - one a vintage 12 speed with down tube shifters - the other a twist shift gear conversion with 21 set shimano gears. I want to put the 21 gear set on the intage road bike - can I ...
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microSHIFT on front gears, how does it work?

Firstly, I do apologise if I don't get all the terminology correctly but I hope I'm still clear. We bought a second-hand 18-speed bike that has a front gear system that I've not encountered before. ...
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sram cx1 without the sram cx1 crankset?

I'm thinking of upgrading to sram cx-1 and discs for next season but would like to keep the current crank set based power meter I have. Can anyone think of a reason why I could not use the current ...
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Can I pedal my bicycle backwards to move it backwards?

Is there any changes I could do to my cycle so that I can make it move backwards?Just a question out of eagerness.
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What is the advantage of a “compact crankset” vs changing a chainring?

It seems that I'm old (my last good bike had a 5-speed freewheel and shifters mounted on down tube braze-ons - they were indexed, though!), and I've been out of cycling for quite some time. I've seen ...
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Is it possible to fit twist grip gears on vintage drop down handlebars?

I have a bit of a Frankenstein bike made from odd parts and it has straight handlebars with twist grip gears fitted to an old road bike style frame. I hate the straight bars but love the twist grip - ...
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Adding front derailleur vs upgrading the rear one on a (ladies) bicycle

What I want to achieve is going from having some gears to having more gears. To be more specific I would like to get more gear ratio range in both low and high end. First of all I tried to look for ...
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Chain overshoots cog when shifting from low to high gears

Hi when shifting from low to high gears my chain is overshooting the cog and jumping into the next one. I tried turning the low limit screw outward to move the derailer in towards the low gears but it ...
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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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How do the adjustment barrels on a gear cable work?

I have a Shimano Sora derailleur on the bike I just bought with a triple chainring in the front. Right up by the shifters there is a sort of barrel adjuster on the cable. It doesn't seem to do ...
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Speed and the sizes of tires/gears

Does the speed of a normal mountain bike vary according to the diameter of the wheels? If it does, will a larger diameter increase the speed or decrease it? Similarly, if the speed varies according ...
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Rear gears don't turn anticlockwise

I've taken the rear wheel off my bike but the rear gears are stuck and do not spin freely anticlockwise. It had been out of use for about 4 days, kept in a dry garage. I took the wheel off because it ...
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What are the pros and cons of different types of shifter cables?

What are the pros and cons of regular and slick gear/shifter cables? I just want easy gear changing. I have shimano gears if that helps. I know the difference between them, but I want to know some ...
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Should I have a spare cassette or a spare wheel?

I have a road bike that I use for triathlons as well as club rides in the evenings and on weekends. I don't have the bike in front of me, but the range of the cassette is on the low side. I'm more ...
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What does double and triple gear shifters mean?

I am looking at these components and am wondering what does double and triple gear shifting mean? Shimano R221 Double Gear Shifters 8 Speed http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=...
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Why is my bike slipping gears?

I have a 1997 Gary Fisher Tassajara that got a complete overhaul and tune-up at a bike shop a year ago. (to the tune of $180, but some of that was new tires- I'm the original owner) I ride between 4 ...
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Road Brifters with MTB Derailleurs

I've just bought a lovely Surly touring frame and I simply stuck all of my mountain bike components on it. That means I've retained a flat handlebar. I'd really like to stick drop bars on though and ...
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Can I install a gears cassette on a regular bike?

I was given a bicycle for my birthday (yai!), it has 24" wheels and it is awesome! But it is single speed and sometimes it is hard to ride up-hill in my daily commute. Could I change the rear gear ...
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Chain wedging itself between cassette and gaurd

Ok, so, basically, the rear cassette on my bike is giving me a lot of problems, and I'm not exactly a professional cyclist who would know where to begin so I thought I'd ask here; The problem seems ...
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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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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 non-...
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Indexing issues on new build, shimano 105 5800

I am in the process of building a road bike. I currently setting up my rear derailleur. I can't seem to index the gears. I have set the high and low limit screws. I can shift up the cassette (small ...
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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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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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Larger sproket on a single speed crankset?

I recently bought an urban bike that comes with a single gear crankset with a 42 tooth sprocket and an 8 speed rear with 12-36 teeth. I would like to swap out the front sprocket to a larger one to ...
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Shimano Claris shifter double/triple shifting up (when moving to smaller, harder cogs) on the rear derailleur

Although my rear derailleur is properly indexed it's suddenly started to double or even triple shift on an upshift - i.e. when moving to harder, smaller cogs on the cassette. This happens whether I'm ...
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Sachs- Huret derailleur (re)installation

Sachs - Huret derailleur installation So the learning curve continues on the '85 Peugeot P-16. The main lessons are to take pictures and time getting each thing done. I have the rear derailleur hung....
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Bike gears not shifting how they should

So I've not cycled in a while but my step dad was using my bike and he has a habbit of breaking stuff. I have since decided to start cycling to work again and I replaced various parts due to rust etc (...
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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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Other than chain length, what are the limitations to the number of gear teeth?

I need to replace my chainwheel and cassette, and it made me think. I know that the chain has to be a specific length relative to the number of teeth on the gears. I was thinking about changing the ...
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How do I use my power meter file to improve my time up this steep hill climb tt?

The hill is 0.8km long with an average gradient of 13%. My cadence on my 46t-36t 11-25t 9 speed gear ratio starts at 80rpm and rapidly dips to 40 rpm. Is there a way to calculate what gear ratio is ...
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Help with the bicycle gearing

I'm new to road bicycle with gears. I have 3 gears in front and 8 at the back. The principle behind Bicycle gearing is too difficult for me to understand. Please tell me what gears to use When ...
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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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Can you change gear on your front dérailleur during a cyclo cross race?

During the 10 cyclocross races I did this year I often found myself riding solely in my small 34t chainring and was unable to change up and down quickly enough between corners and barriers to be able ...
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How to get a lower gearing

My trusty old CF racer was stolen the other day, and I'm looking for a replacement. I saw this bike at PlanetX and was intrigued. It's a full carbon bike with (last years) Ultegra components for a ...
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Convert 9 speeed Campagnolo Ergo Levers to 10 Speed

A friend gave me a carbon set of campag record 9 speed ergos. I would love to convert the 9 to 10 Speed and I understand it is possible. I have read that some dealers will do it but the cost is ...
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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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How to change front gearing

So I have a bicycle that has a single front gear, but many back gears with a derailleur. I am wondering if I change the size of the front gear (like significantly), meaning if I get a bigger front ...