Gears in the drivetrain of a bike.

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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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SRAM force rear shifts go in the wrong direction when on largest cassette

I got a new bike about 6 months ago with SRAM Force on it. It's my first time riding SRAM and I love it except for one thing: If I'm climbing and my RD is shifted all the way up ( to 28-tooth ) and ...
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Will 10 speed cranks work with an 8 speed freewheel?

I'm looking at building a road-bike, and I've just purchased some wheels with campagnolo hubs, with an 8 speed freewheel on the back. Can I use Campagnolo Daytona / Veloce cranks on the front? I ...
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Bicycle is Having a hard time Shifting — especially gears 13 and 14

21 speed commuter bike. Raleigh 2011 brand. After my gear shifter cable was broken, I took it into the shop to get it fixed. (4 days ago). Ever since, when shifting, it takes forever to actually ...
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Will a 9 speed front derailleur work properly with a 10 speed sprocket?

I am pretty near done my current bike build project, just missing a front derailleur. I can't think of why front derailleurs would need to be compatible with different numbers of speeds, given that ...
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Are faceplates for different shimano brifters compatible?

I got a used brifter and the faceplate fell off. I am pretty sure it was a 105. It works well enough but it looks shitty. Does anyone know if I can just order whichever shimano brifter faceplate, and ...
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How to check if the gear shifter or the gear itself is broken?

I'm not a bike expert so I'm not sure if I'm using the proper terminology here. So I bought a used city bike. It's the first time I see such gear and such a bike actually. It looks almost like this ...
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Can't shift front gear, despite loosening, tightening, etc. What could be wrong?

Disclaimer: I'm clueless and am piecing together what little information I know from reading this site and from watching YouTube 'intro to repair' videos. I've been gifted a used mountain bike, my ...
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Rear shifting - Unable to shift to toughest gear

I was adjusting my rear shifting following the advice in this video: It was when I took off the wire tension and screwed the high limit all the way out that the chain ...
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Changing Frames

I just had a crash and wrecked my Cube hardtail mountain bike. Can I put all the parts, wheels, Reba Rock Shock, Shimano gears etc off my hard tail on to a full suspension frame?
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Change Shimano FC-M431 Octalink crank arms to Shimano SLX

I won a good deal for a Shimano 2012 SLX FC-M660 set, excluding bottom bracket and crank bolt. Is there any chance I can upgrade my touring bikes FC-M431 Octalink somehow without changing the chain ...
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Gears jumping/slipping from the rear cogset on a new bike

Its been 1 month since I have bought my new MTB (Kross globate 1.1) with 18 gears (shimano).. Now the problem is chain has slipped twice while riding. First time my speed was around 25kph and second ...
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RevoShift Friction: shifting to the largest gear takes a lot of force?

My wife's bicycle has Shimano Revoshift shifters, and while the right (rear) one works fine, the left (front, Friction) has been problematic for a while. Originally, when we bought the bicycle, the ...
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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). ...
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Difference between Shimano HG51 8-Speed Cassette and Shimano HG50 8-Speed Cassette

Can anyone tell me the difference between Shimano HG51 and HG50 8-Speed Cassettes? I can't find any information online about this so was hoping someone might be able to help me. I am looking 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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What gears should I go for?

I have a Trek road bike (although you might call it a hybrid since it has straight handlebars. I do about 3,000 miles per year on it for general health reasons (up to 30 miles at a time and averaging ...
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How do you make an end-capped gear cable?

I want to make my own gear cable of non-standard length. I have a cable with one end capped like the larger end-cap shown in the first picture; the other end is currently bare — I have trimmed 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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Can I change the rear cassette on a folding bike?

I currently have a folding bike (think Dahon like) with 20" wheels and a front chainring of 52T and a rear cassette of 14-24T. Although 14 provides me with good speed I'd love to get faster speed for ...
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How long does a shifter, rear mech and front mech last?

I am talking about absolutely dirt cheap components which are non-branded. In terms of number of kilometres how long do they last? The bicycle is ridden on city and country roads and maintained ...
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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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converting stem shifters to brifters

I'm new. I'm 26, from the UK and until last year I'd never cycled more than 10 miles before. Then in September I cycled 2700 miles from Maine to Florida. It was great. I've just bought a Dawes ...
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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 ...
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Is it normal for the chain to slip in an 'extreme' gear?

My bike's recently been in for a service so afterwards I checked that all the gears are shifting and working properly. As part of my testing I put some power through the cranks in the photographed ...
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Pedals turn but front sprocket does not [duplicate]

My Mountain Bike ,about ten years old,Three (3) sprockets in front. It backpedals (whizzz) But when I go to pedal there is no engagement - Pedals turn but sprockets don't move..But sprockets move when ...
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Low gearing setup for road bike with Shimano dual control

Question: What is my best bet for a crankset, given the following requirements for a road bike I am setting up: 68mm "English" thread bottom bracket Shimano STI "brifters", 2x10 (I already have ...
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Shimano Revo shifter does not shift [closed]

I have recently bought a new bicycle and the left Shimano Revo shifter (3 speed) is not shifting, what can I do?
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Jockey pulley (upper jockey wheel) suddenly not engaging with the chain when in the three largest (easiest) cogs on the big ring only

The gears work fine across the whole cassette on the inner ring but all of a sudden the chain has stopped engaging with the upper jockey wheel when in the big ring and three largest (easiest) ...
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Unable to change from 14th to 7th

I've got a bike that I have had for about 8 weeks and it has already been back to be serviced twice. It's just returned from the second service and I've noticed that it is not shifting from 14th to ...
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Is it possible to shorten a chain?

I have the following chain/gear setup: I like to get rid of the rear wheel gears. However I don't want to buy any new parts. That is why I am wondering if I simply can remove all the parts from the ...
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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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What do I need to know about fitting new wheels on a bike?

My girlfriend has had the wheels stolen from her bike. I'd like to replace them, but we're working with a limited budget so I'm going to do the work myself and source the parts second hand. I've done ...
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Can I change chainring size on a dirt jump bike?

I don't know the name of it but there is a part on single speed bikes. The gear? I think right where the crank is connected. Well on bmx bikes and especially dirt jumping bikes it is really small and ...
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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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How to fix gears on a Kilimanjaro bike

I've just bought a Kilimanjaro bicycle for cheap. One reason it was cheap, I expect, was the gears system. It's only partly functional, and I don't understand why. I would go to the bike shop with it, ...
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Winter deraillers [closed]

I commute all Winter long on my Winter bike and I realize I don't use many gears. The back derailleur gets jammed with salt, dirt and other debris. I'd like to build a bike with fix gear at the back ...
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What to prepare for a long distance ride (1600km) [closed]

I will be riding my bicycle from Czech Republic to London this April. Even though I cycle quite frequently, this is my first time I will be doing such a long distance. I am not doing this for ...
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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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Halfords just replaced my chainset and it is a 10 speed one, but my cassette is 8 speed. Am I ok?

Last week my chainset was replaced (in warranty) and I just found out that the chainset is 10 speed (FSA Vero) but my rear cassette (+Claris gears and shifters) is 8 speed. I want to know if I will ...
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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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How to fix the tension in these shifters?

I have these shifters in my old bike and it has problems with the gears because the shifter for the front gears doesn't change the gears at all. It seems like a tension problem. So I need to make the ...
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Can I install a double chainset on a bike that was originally designed for a triple chainset?

I have a BTwin Triban 3 which has a triple chainset that needs replacing. I am thinking of replacing it with a double chainset this time. Is this possible, or do I need new shifters and a different ...
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I've decided on Bar End Shifters for my Vintage tour bike rebuild. I think I've got it down to these. Any reason to choose one or other?

The contestants: Shimano SL-BS64 Ultegra Bar End Shifter Set (8-Speed) and Dia Competition Grand competition ENE bar end control. Seem fairly similar and both well loved. I'm aiming at pairing ...
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Is it possible to upgrade Shwinn Willy to use an internal gear hub?

I have a Shwinn Willy (single speed). My commute is 6 miles each way on flat road with a bike section. There's only one 'hilly' section. A single speed bike is too slow. Everyone keeps passing me. I ...
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Chain is choking and pedals fly forwards when going up hill or standing on the bike pedals

I have a 2 month old Vodoo Bizango from Halfords in the UK. I have had this problem about 2 weeks into having the bike where if I'm on the highest gear and want to do sprints (standing on the pedals) ...
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Gears randomly switching

So I have a Trek Fuel SLR 90 and whenever I ride on flat dirt roads, the back gears randomly keep switching on me. It gets really annoying to ride Please help
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gears slipping after a chain change

I have a Lappierre Zesty 314 (2012). I'm running xt rear mech, a slx front mech, and my crank is xt and rear cassette is xt and xt chain. I went to the forest of dean and after the day was over I ...
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Can an IGH have the same maximum overdrive-ratio as a crank-sproket setup?

Is there an IGH that gives one the maximum overdrive-ratio that one might get with a 39-53T crankset and a 11-34T freewheel? If not, what is the mechanical roadblock in making one ?
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how to adjust the derailer - apart from the L/H limiting screws

Pardon my newb terminology. My bike's chain will not stay on the H gear (the big ring) The front derailleur will not allow it. I have loosened the limiter screw out to it's maximum and, still, no ...