Tools, parts, techniques, and procedures to keep your bike in working order. MAINTENANCE is not the same as REPAIR, a separate tag. Maintenance is what one does on a regular basis. Repair is what one does only when something is broken.

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How to repair sticky Ultegra shifter

I have Ultegra 3x9 shifters and derailleurs that were installed just a couple months ago. I purchased them on eBay and although they were new, they had been sitting in inventory for a couple years so ...
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What tools are required to replace a spoke?

When out riding at the weekend, for the very first time, I managed to break a spoke on my wheel. Because I've not done it before, and I want to get back out on the bike soon, this time around I am ...
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How to choose the right Citi Bike?

It's 2013, and bike sharing has finally made it to New York City. Of course, the branded cruisers aren't the most speedy bikes on the road. They weigh a whopping 45 pounds, and their third gear - ...
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Chain doing noises… what to do?

I have a city bike with a 3 gear hub on the back. From some time now, from time to time I hear (I think) the chain clicking/cracking (noise) specially when going up a ramp. Initially I though it was ...
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Concerns with different brake types for the front and the rear wheel

I'm considering adding a disc fork to my surly cross check and using some avid bb7 road brakes for the front. I've got tektro road levers on drop bars (outfitted with retroshift shifters) I've got ...
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Reusable gloves for bike repairs?

I'm looking to degrease/lube the chain, adjust disc brakes, clean, etc. at home, but don't want to get my hands dirty. (Zinger alert.) Are there any special re-usable gloves for this kind of bike ...
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why do my pedals keep turning when i freewheel?

I've had my bike up on a stand to give it a clean. As I was cranking the pedals to clean the chain, then let the pedals go, I noticed that when the back wheel was freewheeling it would start the ...
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Can I get a wheel dished without the bike?

I broke a spoke on my rear wheel, and ended up messing with it a bit too much - I may need to get it re-dished. If it's a common market model bike, can I simply take the wheel into my bike shop, ...
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Separate hex keys vs. combined multi-tool for bike adjustments?

Are separate hex (Allen) keys better than a multi-tool for adjusting and maintaining a bike at home? Some of the separated sets also have ball-ends for the 4/5/6mm keys: Apart from Torx T25 ...
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Questions to ask before buying a bike?

I have thought about few questions to ask to the shop keeper before buying a bike. But would like to know from you experts, a complete set of questions like warranty period? Number of free services ...
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Cost of maintenance of a roadbike

I am going to buy a bike and ride upto 1000 km or more in a month. Adding them, I think it will come to 12 k to 15 k per year on an average. I will be riding on highways, so there won't be any ...
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Chain Lube Compatibility?

I bought the bike used, so I am not sure what chain lube was used in the past. I used Tri-flow Superior Lubricant once but may wish to experiment with other lubes in the future (Finish Line Teflon, ...
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When not in use, How should I store my tubeless tires?

I have a bike setup with tubeless mountain bike tires. I tend to ride about 20-25 PSI. How should I store my tubeless tires? Does it matter what pressure I store the tires at between rides? Should ...
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Are single-speed bikes better equipped to handle cog/chain wear?

I need to decide between a single-speed and multiple-speed bike. I usually ride multiple-speed mountain/city bikes in the highest gear anyway (around town). They're not intended for that, and doing ...
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Seatpost maintenance : removing rust

I have an aluminum seat post in a steel frame. The post was really hard to extract and I don't want this thing corroding on me. You've discussed how to take care of the rust on a steel frame and on ...
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Should I grease pins when re-installing them on cottered cranks?

I'm restoring a vintage Peugeot with cottered cranks. When reattaching the cranks to the bottom bracket spindle, should I grease the pins or put them in dry?
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How do I find the right derailleur (gear-mech)?

I have a 9 x 3 speed mountain-bike. The derailleur got broken (and was since lost), I'm trying to find a new one. What do I need to go by to ensure I get a good fit? The rear-casette (sprokets) range ...
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Are there any community bike shops in the Netherlands?

I'm a Canadian who's visiting the Netherlands for a few months. I'm awed by the strength of the bicycling culture here, but, to date, I haven't been able to locate any community bike shops. By ...
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I live in a place where it frequently floods. How can I keep my chain from rusting?

My poor bike's chain lasted all of three months before it gave in to the winter floods where I live. Storing it indoors is not an option, and despite my maintenance efforts, the knee-deep floods that ...
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Jammed rear brakes

My rear brake is jamming to the point that only half seems to be moving. With worn blocks I got away with it, but now I have changed the pads I finally need to sort the problem. Could the brakes be ...
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What should I expect from a bicycle service?

I'm thinking about getting my bicycle serviced for the first time to make sure it's entirely roadworthy. My question is what should I expect from a bike service from a professional? i.e. what ...
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What cleaner and oil should I use on my bike chain

Hope everyone is well. I need to clean and oil my chain as its getting a little clunky when I’m changing gears. I have no idea what I should be cleaning it with and then what I should oil with. Any ...
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storing bike outside - avoiding trapped moisture and rainfall (bike covers)

I just got a specialized tricross for riding in the city and going on short tours around Europe. Unfortunately I don't have enough space in the corridor of the house so I will have to put it outside ...
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What to do about a stuck chain link on 10 speed chain

I put a new chain on my bike and after 3 rides or so, I developed a stiff link. I'm not sure what caused the issue, but now it barely bends at the pin at all, unless forced. It causes skipping ...
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Setting light to a derailleur

At 3:30ish in this video, they set light to a front derailleur. Why? Degreasing it? Waxy lube that needs melting in? I can't think of a good reason. Any ideas?
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How to care for a steel frame?

I'm considering getting a steel frame to upgrade from my aluminum xc bike. As it will be my first steel frame I'd like to understand if there is more after ride care required than my current bike. ...
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10-speed chain too short, can I add links?

I purchased a new KMC DX10SC 10-speed 114 link chain to replace my worn out chain. I'm running a mountain triple and it seems that The chain is slightly too short at it's full length. I can't get in ...
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Can I flip my worn chain to extend it's life?

Assuming my chain is showing that it's worn and getting close to needing replacement due to chain 'stretch'. I know you can flip single speed chainrings to extend their life when they become worn. Can ...
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How to fit tt brakes

got a set of profile design bull horns and fitting an aero lever/tt brake. name this one how is this inserted into the handlebar and how does one adjust? Cheers
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How does one test the freewheel?

What are the failure modes (symptoms) of a failing or failed freewheel? My understanding of normal free wheeling means the rear tire should rotate when the bike is moving and the pedals are or are ...
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Do my Shimano 7900 Dura Ace chainrings need replacing?

Basically today I had a bizarre suggestion; someone told me that my Dura Ace 7900 crankset (a 53 chainring) needs replacing because some teeth are worn from use. I ask myself, is that possible? I've ...
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Daily Maintenance

I cycle to work, leave my bike in an open but well covered cycle rack, basically in a multi storey car park so it wont get wet but it is open to the fresh air. It sits there for 8 hours or so and then ...
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Identifying bottom bracket

First and foremost.. I'm slowly trying to replace my bottom bracket.. it makes a kind of knackered-bearings sound when I move the pedals round without the chain attached. This is because I've been bad ...
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Swapping cranks, but the new crank is wider, how do I compensate for this?

I was swapping the cranks and bottom bracket on my karate monkey from a Truvative stylo crankset (Mountain Double, GXP bottom bracket) to a Race Face Evolution DH (Mountain Triple, Race Face bottom ...
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Cold weather chain lube?

My Rock N Roll Gold bike lube seems to get solid or gelatenous when stored on my unheated, but enclosed porch at colder temperatures. Is a chain lubricated with this product still going to be ...
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Can I use WD-40 on my bike?

Is WD-40 really bad to apply on bikes? I was told so but still see people doing that. Also I saw WD-40 launching their new products of bike lubricant and degreaser. Did anybody try those?
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Will an 1/8' chain and cogs wear slower than 3/32' chain and cogs for single speed / fixed gear setup?

Will an 1/8" chain and cogs wear slower than 3/32" chain and cogs for single speed / fixed gear setup? What about using an 1/8' chain mismatched on 3/32" chainring and cogs?
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Is my old bike safe?

The old bike is a Cannondale R-600 purchased in 1999. Original key components. Frame, fork. (Aluminum frame, carbon fork) Ridden for several thousand miles. Well maintained. (Various parts have ...
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Will shimano 10 speed triple shifter work with compact chainset?

Will a right hand shifter described as shimano 10 speed triple work with a SRAM 9 cassette and a shimano compact chainset?
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My v-brake lever (just one) is stiff. What's wrong?

After tuning my brakes a lot (I was learning how) I noticed suddenly my back brake got really stiff. Does't really matter if the cable is loose or not, the lever itself feels really hard to pull when ...
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Essential maintenance for my bike whilst on a long distance tour

I am thinking about what I need to do for maintenance whilst on a long distance tour I am planning. can anyone help me out with this?
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Replacing rear coaster brake wheel on 1959 Roadmaster

I have to replace rusted/'bent rear wheel with coaster brakes on my 1959 Roadmaster. I have found on Amazon the same size (24 X 2.125) new rear coaster brake wheel. Will it fit? What parameters I ...
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Should cassette “wiggle”

Recently My freehub broke and so I removed the cassette to replace the freehub and noticed, whilst off the bike, 4 of the remaining bolted together 8 sprockets wiggled (4 wiggled together but ...
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How should I lubricate my Shimano freewheel?

I have a Shimano freewheel (MX-30) that came with my bike from new. Unfortunately the internals got all gunked up and it stopped working (never engaged and became free both ways). I have bought and ...
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How often should I change brake cables and housing?

Seems like every year towards the end of cyclocross racing my brake cables start to get 'sticky'. The STI shifter is fine for changing gears, but when pulling on brakes it feels like I'm breaking ...
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Minimal effort chain cleaning

One of the main reasons I eventually give up my bicycle commute in winter is that keeping my bike -mainly the drivetrain- clean despite all the rain/dirt/salt/hail/snow becomes too much of a time ...
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What are good ways to dry shoes?

I ride through the winter in the Pacific North West and get soaked about every other ride. What are the best way you've found to dry your shoes? I've found that stuffing them with wadded up ...
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Fixed gear: slipping

I have a single speed bike with a flip-flop hub and recently I decided to try out the fixed side. When testing it out in the car-park I was applying backpressure to brake and found sometimes the ...
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Suspension Maintenance

How often do you need to have your fork and rear shock fully serviced? My guess is that this depends on how many miles you are riding, so lets say 150 miles/ year.
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Spray new bike with teflon to repel dirt and moisture?

I'm getting a new road bike. Would a light spritz of teflon spray help in repelling dirt and moisture? I wouldn't coat it completely, just focus on those dirt collecting areas, the undersides of the ...