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

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Lock nuts on new hubs seem strangely tight, but can't seem to loosen them. Any advice?

As part of a new build I'm working on, I just had some wheels built up. The hubs are large flanged Miche Primatos with a double-sided fixed wheel. The rear wheel, straight out the box, seemed weirdly ...
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How did my rear freewheel become incredibly tight overnight?

I got a flat yesterday morning after a normal ride, walked my bike inside the house and propped it upside-down (like this) overnight. This morning, I changed the flat and put on some brand new tires ...
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What tool is needed to remove a Shimano HG-50 freewheel?

What tool is needed to remove a Shimano HG-50 freewheel from the wheel hub? It looks like a 12mm or 13mm Allen key. Will this do it or is there some detail I have missed?
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Are carbon hubs a good idea?

I'm beginning to see manufactures making carbon hubs and am wondering if they have the potential to perform better than conventional metal hubs or if they are just a way to save a couple of grams of ...
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Do new hubs need to be adjusted prior to use

Do new hubs usually come adjusted, or one needs to adjust them prior to use. I have a new Shimano Claris hub, and it does not seem to be as smooth rolling as my previous Tiagra hub. Should I try to ...
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sealed hubs vs normal hubs

My lbs recommended sealed hubs to me. Here are my doubts. Seeing as how I never ride in the rain or any such wet substances, I don't really need the "sealed" feature. Sheldon Brown says that if ...
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How does this hub come apart?

Really, I have two questions. But first, I see no place to put a wrench on this hub. Well, there is one small notch on one side on the dust cap (on the other side). How do I get this hub apart? It's ...
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What speed is my Shimano Nexus 8 Hub in?

I made a mistake when changing a flat. I didn't have it in 4th speed. When I was changing the flat I shifted it for more give on the shifter cable >_< . Now my shifter says 4 and I don't known what ...
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Am I going to do any damage by swapping cassettes frequently?

I've got a separate wheelset for cylocross riding and road riding. Would it be detrimental to the life of my cassette or hubs If I swapped the cassette between my road and off-road wheelset ...
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Can I lace my hub with all inward or outward facing spoke heads?

It seems conventional wisdom says to alternate inward vs outward spoke heads going around the flange when lacing a wheel, like this: However, I'm wondering what the reason for this is, and if it ...
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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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Does Enduro make a ceramic hybrid wheel bearing kit for WTB Laser Disc Lite hubs?

I would like to replace the bearings in my front and rear WTB Laser Disc Lite hubs. I'm interested in upgrading the OEM steel bearings to a ceramic hybrid. I've hear that Enduro is a quality ...
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Compatibility of predictive steering hub with boost 110 fork

I have a bike which had a RS1 fork and a wheel with a required predictive steering hub. I have a second bike which has a Boost 110 front fork. Since both these hubs are 110mm wide, can I use the ...
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Wheel building for n360 + disc brakes on H Plus Son 700c, 36h

I'm working on building a couple of wheels for a road/commuter bike. This is my first wheel building endeavor. I have: 2 H Plus Son 700c, 36 hole wheels A Nuvinci n360, 2012 model A set of TRP Hylex ...
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Lots of broken spokes on one bike, with different wheels

I have a commuting bike I've had for a few years, and as long as I've had it it's frequently broken spokes on the front wheel. Eventually I got sick of replacing them, put it down to a bad wheel, and ...
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Overhauled hubs: still some noise

I've just, for the first time, finished servicing the hubs on my bicycle. They are of the cup & cone type (Shimano). The cones of the front hub where pitted so I got them replaced, along with the ...
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Should I force an 130 mm hub into my old vintage alu frame

I have a classic vitus 979 aluminium road frame where the rear dropout width is 126 mm. Most of the things I hear is that you should not use force on an alu frame and try to fit in an 130 mm hub in ...
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practical pro and contra for Nuvinci CVT especially for hilly terrain

I'm thinking of buying new bike next year, most probably combo for exercise & commuting in summer. Since terrain is relatively hilly here and both fixed city-bike and casual combo with 3x7 gears ...
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What is this cogset body?

I have some backlash (free movement) in my body of cogset, so I try to dissemble my cogset to discover this weird body: I'm trying to find a new one but I don't know how to call it. Any idea how ...
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How to grease a hub?

I have a question about hub, When should I grease my hub ? every 20000 km ? How do I know it needs new grease ? Because I can not see if the grease is dry or not...? Thanks
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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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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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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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Internal hub gear suddenly stopped shifting

I have never had an internal hub gear bike before, so I don't know much about them. My issue is that all of the gears stopped working suddenly when I was just riding the bike. The bike has 5 gears, ...
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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'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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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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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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Can an imperfect hub make a disc rotor rub?

I had a 160mm disc rotor on a road bike that was rubbing a bit in one spot, not severely, but enough for me to notice. I've tried to true it a few times over the past couple months with little ...
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Missing lock nut part

Not sure what to call it, but a couple of my wheels are missing the grippy washer thing that sits on the lock nut. They seem to be attached to the lock nut to begin with, but they just fall off after ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to use a 9 speed rear shifter with 11 speed cogs/cassette? Is there a disadvantage?

I'm new to biking and I plan to upgrade my bike, but with limited funds I can only upgrade the wheelset and cogs(cassette). Is it okay if I add the 11spd cogs but my shifter is only 9 speed (limited ...
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Is it usual for a freehub to have play? [duplicate]

I have a new rear wheel (Shimano Ultegra WH-6800) and the freehub has about 1mm-2mm of play in it. When the cassette is installed and the wheel is on the bike I'm getting a lot of wobble which is ...
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Rear wheel doesn't turn with cassette

I just got a used mountain bike and on my first trip my rear wheel stopped turning with the cassette. When I pedal it turns the cassette and the gears still change smoothly but it doesnt turn the rear ...
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Will two spacers between the cassette and the hub effect the chain line?

So I have a set of custom wheels (White Industries T11 hubs) and when the cassette is correctly fastened to the hub with the single spacer provided the cassette cogs can be moved in the direction ...
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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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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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Can you identify this Sachs hub?

I recently picked this up along with a couple of old wheels. I don't know it's age or history. I've only got as far as identifying it as a Sachs. There are no other markings apart from the logo ...