Concerning the parts and mechanism of bike gearing, both internal and external. Multi-speed, single-speed, fixed and freewheel.

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How do I know if my cone/cap/bearings need to be adjusted?

I have a custom road bike with (mostly) Shimano parts. I love to ride but I'm not so strong on the technical side. I have quick-release wheels; I regularly (3-4 times a year) put the bike in a bag ...
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What can be done to fix a hub that has come apart?

I noticed recently that my rear tyre was rubbing on the frame when I was pedalling hard; the wheel had a bit of horizontal play in it, so I thought the cones might need tightening. Anyway, I left it ...
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What's wrong with my rear wheel? Wheel moves about 1/4" front to back when brake is fully applied, cassette seems a bit wobbly, some rubbing noise

I first started inspecting my wheel because I noticed when I applied my brake while not riding, I could push my rear end and the wheel would turn forward and back about 1/4"-1/2" each way (but the ...
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Can I swap a shimano free hub body for a campag one and be able to attach it to the existing Deore hub?

I want to convert my Surly Cross Check into a Campagnolo set up. The problem I am having is i have Shimano Deore Hubs on Mavic rims at present. I would rather not buy new wheels, so I am looking at ...
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Suspension Fork Axles

I'm looking to upgrade my suspension forks from Rock Shox Dart 3 to something like Rock Shox Sektor RL. A lot of the forks have either a 15 or 20 mm axle, or 'Maxle'. What does this mean? Will this ...
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Can I replace steel bearings with ceramic bearings?

I'm using WH-550 from Shimano, can I replace my steel bearing balls with ceramic bearing balls?
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Why is it important to keep bearing sets when greasing a campagnolo hub?

In almost all cases where hubs are regularly serviced, bearings don't need to be replaced. The general consensus though is to replace bearings after so many thousands of kms. Many posts on the web say ...
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Will riding cobblestones and rough streets kill my cup and cone hubs?

I live in pittsburgh, and we have some hills and streets which are belgian block, brick, poorly paved and pocked with potholes. It can be very jarring, but I still find myself flying down these ...
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Finding Correct Size Wheel for Bike

I am looking to replace the stock wheelset on my 2009 Jamis Aurora. I'm looking to replace wheels because I have a number of spokes break over the wheel lifetime and now my rear wheel is only in true ...
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Continuing to use damaged cones in rear hub?

I've read in many different places that if you take a hub apart and see damage on the cups, cones, or bearings (may god have mercy on you if your cups are damaged) That they must be replaced. I ...
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Fixed gear conversion - hub spacers

I am converting my 80s steel peugeot to a fixed gear. I have purchased most of the parts an had a wheel built onto a SS hub. Now, SS hubs are narrower than road hubs - 120mm vs 130mm (although I ...
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Planning on building a fixed-gear/single-speed from an old Schwinn World. What new parts will I need?

I think I want a flip flop hub, to keep my options open. If I get one off amazon, do I need to buy a freewheel and fixed-gear cog as well, or will those come with the hub? Also, does the hub have to ...
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What is this point of this Phil Wood “Rohloff Disc Rotor Compatible Hub”?

http://www.philwood.com/products/hubspgs/rohldisc.php As far as I can figure it is for people with Rohloff-equipped touring bikes so that they have the same rotor bolt pattern on their front and rear ...
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Has Shimano produced Ultegra 600 Hub Set, 32 hole?

I found this item at an online shop, but can not find infomation about this product. Anyone knows this hub set? and any review infomation available there?
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What hub to purchase for a GT aggressor?

I have a GT Aggressor 1.0 Specs here: http://www.gtbicycles.com/2013/bikes/mountain/trail/aggressor-1-0 Recently on a long ride, the crank started to roll freely after a long downhill. i.e. when ...
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stiff gears and chain coming off while pedalling forward (hub gear)

So I recently replaced the back wheel's tyre on my bike. Got it all fitted back on again, and the chain and everything are in place as they should be. However, changing up gears has become very stiff ...
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What's the cone wrench size?

What's the cone spanner size for cone nut on Shimano WH-R550 Front wheel ? Is it 17mm or 18mm ? I tried with 16, it seems, need more, 1 or 2mm bigger. Thanks
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What parameters are important when replacing a rear hub?

My rear hub is damaged. I have not yet inspected the source of the damage, but the wheel is moving sideways when rotating (a LOT), plus I rode it like this for about 35km. Therefore, I find it ...
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Why is my Hope XC freehub locking when the quick release is tightened?

Recently I found that the freehub on my Hope XC rear hub won't rotate, but only when the wheel is in the bike and the quick release is tightened. I've removed the freehub (which slides off easily), ...
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Unknown freehub, trying to source

I have a neighbours daughters bike to fix at the moment. The freehub is totally seized. I've removed the freehub from the hub itself, but can't identify it nor have I see any like it. It doesn't have ...
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Replacing rear hub, beginners advice required

I have a Trek 1.5 2011 compact road bike that I abused a bit too much over winter. The rear hub has quite a lot of sideways play on it and I am buying the tools needed to hopefully fix this. My ...
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Replace hub from old cassette to new fixed

I have an old mavic race rear wheel where the hub is rusted, but the spokes and rim is in prime condition. Thinking about changing just the hub (reusing spokes) to a fixed flip-flop to use the wheel ...
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Will slightly loose bearings result in damage?

I just overhauled some cheap bmx hubs. I installed new bearings and cones. Now I'm trying to get the hubs adjusted so that the bearings will last as long as possible. I had always thought that ...
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Why does coaster brake hub growl when coasting but not when braking or pedaling?

I have an old two-seater recumbent trike with coaster brakes. One of the rear hubs rumbles terribly when the bike is coasting. When the brake is on, or when pedaling, it doesn't make a noise. I assume ...
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Can a (relative) beginner adjust spacing on a 501 cromo road frame?

Have acquired a cheap old Peugeot road bike from ebay; nice cromo frame, but it needs a new rear wheel and unfortunately I didn't check the dropout size before buying. It has an OLD of ~120mm, but I ...
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How do I take apart the axle and freehub on this bike

I have a long wheelbase recumbent built by Sun Bicycles. There are some complications with finding out what kinds of components went into the interior of the bike. Brakes and shifters have their ...
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Why front hub axle sticks/freezes when riding extreme downhill

My front hub axle has already frozen when riding extreme downhill. Looking at the hub, it looks like the right hand cone has self-tightened. Can you explain why this happens, and how to fix it?
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Is this hub shot?

While inspecting a used road bike ($200) I pulled the rear wheel off to check the hub. I twisted the axle to see if there was any damage. It wasn't at all difficult to turn it, but there was a bit of ...
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Singlespeed Hub - Rear Axle Swap

I have two sets of wheels, both laced to surly singlespeed hubs (the older "new" hubs, not the "ultra new" hubs which seem to make this process much easier). Anyway the wheelset I like better has a ...
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Small amount of wobble in wheel

If I grab my [suspension] forks tightly and push against the wheel sideways, there is a slight amount (few millimeters on 26" wheel) of play/wobble from the axle/hub. The QR is done up tightly. Is ...
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One vs Two Piece Axle?

After finding out my bike has a road rear (130 mm) & disc brakes, it's been difficult to source rear hubs. Cyclocross allows disc brakes, and more commuter/cx frames are appearing but all seem to ...
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My back wheel isn't connected to the gears

I have an old bike it says Via Montega on the body if that helps. I was ridding it earlier when the peddling stopped resulting in forward motion. I thought the chain might have come loose but it is ...
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Adjusting over locknut distance with spacers

I'm trying to adapt a 130mm over locknut distance (OLD) hub to a 135mm OLD frame. Sheldon Brown suggests that I can just add in spacers between the cones and the locknuts. Sheldon doesn't say, ...
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Single Speed Freehub

I have a Road bike with a Shimano 8 Speed Freehub. I want to go to a single speed bike, but I'd rather not use a fistfull of spacers. Is anyone aware of a single speed freehub body that I can replace ...
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Could I have damaged the bearings/cone when replacing a tire? Front wheel wobbles side to side

Last evening I installed new tires on my bicycle. The front wheel now wobbles side to side. I notice a small movement about 1-2 mm near the hub/axle cone. I checked to see if the skewer is all the ...
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Shimano Claris FH-2400 Rear Hub Dimensions

I would like to purchase this hub, rim and suitable spokes, but I am not able to find dimensions of this hub necessary to calculate spoke size. I have checked usual places where such information can ...
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Loose Hub on front wheel

Front wheel hub is loose and the whole thing wobbles a bit. Im a fan of dubstep but there's a little too much wubwub in my hub. How do I tighten that bad boy up properly? Thanks!
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Can I mount a wheel with a narrow hub to a wide frame?

Suppose I have a 120mm hub with a long axle, that I want to mount in a frame with 130mm dropouts. In principle, it seems to me that this should be fine, but I want to confirm this. One immediate issue ...
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Adaptor for 20mm Shimano saint 810 hub to 15mm?

Currently I'm running a Shimano Saint 810 front hub and fork Lyrik coil 20mm. I've a good offer on a brand new Manitou Mattoc 2014. But this fork uses 15mm axle. I'm looking for an adapter to be able ...
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Can a bent hub damage my fork?

I've recently noticed that my front hub is bent, or at least the parts that connect to the fork (any name for this?). It's not a huge bent, but it's clearly visible with your eyes. It fits the fork ...
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Need replacement cones for Shimano front hub

I am rebuilding a Shimano HB-M475 front hub, but having trouble finding the replacement cones. This one has the M9 axle, but all of the replacement cones I have found are for a M10 axles. I need to ...
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Which spokes should I get for an Expresso Coaster Brake with a Velocity Deep V 700c

I'm working on my first coaster project with an old 700c frame which I want to make really clean using an Espresso Coaster Hub. http://www.espressowheels.com/griptape.html Rear black coaster brake ...
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Is there a tool (or preferred method) for removing the snapring that holds the cog on a coaster brake hub?

I was overhauling a coaster hub the other day. The snapring was recessesed and no screwdriver in my arsenal was small enough to remove the piece. Park recommends using a small screwdriver to remove ...
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100 mm front hub, 94 mm fork dropouts, options?

Simple as that. I thought I could He-Man the fork to fit the hub as it's only 3 mm on either side. Looks like it requires a bit of force and I'm concerned about breaking something in the long-run; ...
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Do DC HUB Motors For Electric Bikes use regenerative braking?

Or do I need a special control circuit aside from the included electronics?
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What causes a wheel to seize?

My rear fixed-gear wheel seized up yesterday on my commute home. I suspect it's the result of my bone-headed adjustment after replacing a broken locknut on the axle (I may not have put the new ...
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How do I install a fixed gear cog on a screw-on freewheel hub?

I'm converting my old favorit bicycle to a fixie, but the hub is obviously not made for a fixed gear cog. I've removed the freewheel (not sure if it's called that, the thing that spins backwards on ...
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Bicycle rear hub sounding weird

My rear axle broke about 2 weeks ago, and I replaced it with a new one. I also replaced the ball bearings with new ones when I did this. The issue I am having is when I'm going with a higher speed ...
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How much “play” is normal in a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub?

I inherited a bike with a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub (Sturmey Archer AW, from 1984). I am very familiar with free-wheels and cassete hubs, but this is fairly new to me, although I did some research ...
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What 's the size of bearing?

What's the size of ball bearing on WH-R550 hub, is it 1/4" for the front one and rear one ? Can I replace them with 1/4" ceramic bearing ? Thanks