Gears in the drivetrain of a bike.

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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Bent front-derailleur

I biked to school today with my bike in perfect condition. Locked it up and went to class. When I went to my bike a couple hours later, the derailleur was bent out of position. My bike's front gear ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Bike won't shift into 2 largest rear cogs (lowest gears)

I replaced the rear derailer on my bike after Schwinn sent it to me. The old one had a bent piece. I can't shift onto the largest 2 rear gears. I set the shifter to the lowest setting, but the chain ...
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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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Converting 80s bike to indexed shifters

I've just bought an early 80s steel framed bike with unindexed stem mounted shifters. As I plan to use the bike for commuting, I'd like to change the rear mech to use trigger shifters. I'm not so ...
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Is reverse pedaling good for smooth gear change?

I am newbie for cycling. When I change my gears, some lock sounds are coming from the chain. But if I do reverse pedaling while switching gears. No sound form chain, but gear switched to the right ...
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Restoring a 16"

This here is my 16" bike which I'm going to at least try restore. I've put some wider bars on it, fixed loose things etc. My friend removed the pedal back but I don't think he has put it back ...
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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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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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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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choosing a dahon bike [closed]

What range of gears do Dahon bikes have? And what names (models) are associated with those numbers. I'm interested in more gears, so I can ride quickly on flat ground and still climb hills.
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I have an old Sugino 110mm BCD ring set, can I replace low ring with SHIMANO FC-5650 chainring 34T?

I have a 48 tooth main ring with 165 cranks. FD is Sora double and rear is Tiagra short with Shimano 7 freewheel. If I can put this 34 ring on it gives me sufficient range for the next few months and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shimano Gears won't shift

Basically when pushing the button to shift gear I can only get one speed up and one speed down. I tried adjusting derailer and the tightness on cables but it makes no difference. Figured I'd make a ...