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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Occassionally Dropping Chain On Downshifts

Very occasionally my chain will come of the small chainwheel on a downshift. It is not at all predictable, except that it always happens when the I'm doing an unloaded shift in preparation for a climb....
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Hard to diagnose squeaking

I am in an ongoing battle to try to get a squeak to go away. Here is what I know (sorry for the length): 1) The sound is a very loud squeaking (chalk on the board) that, at its worst, persists ...
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Jammed Giant brand U-Lock. Unable to insert key

The other day I locked my bike to a fence and upon my return about an hour later, I found the lock jammed. I am unable to insert my key fully into the keyhole. My friend suspects that while locking ...
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Is my local bike shop asking to much money to change a rear cog?

I normally have much love for my LBS, but I've moved recently and am a little unsure about this new one due to the fees he is asking. I have a flip flop hub with a fixed gear (18 tooth) cog on one ...
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What is the name of this type of bolt for the front crank on my bike?

I recently had to take the front gear off of my bike and had some difficulty undoing the bolts. Because of their poor condition, I have decided to replace them. However, I have no idea what they are ...
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Real measurable benefit to ceramic bearings?

Is there a real difference between riding on ceramic bearings and riding on stainless steel? How would you measure it? Does it require it to be every bearing in the drive train, or will each set of ...
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Bottom Bracket Lube?

Lately, after my normal wash & lube routine, I've been squirting a little Teflon lube into the bottom bracket hub. I do so without dissembling by inserting the lube straw into the hub crevice. Is ...
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Why do the front and rear brakes work independently?

Why do bicycles have two individual brake levers that work independently to brake each wheel? I've always used my right brake lever because it is more comfortable to do so and I haven't noticed any ...
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back tire keeps going down

I have just bought a new bike and had it about a month now. I don't really know much about bikes but I do know how to repair an inner tube. I have had one puncture and just bought a new inner tube. ...
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Adjust handlebar position/height (damaged screw?)

I was trying to adjust the position of my handle bar...but might have turned the screw too hard in the wrong direction or perhaps it was like this earlier...not sure.... Is there anything that can be ...
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Will the 26“ tyre fit my 25” rim bike?

I have this 2002 Esperia which, and I need to change the tires cause I am getting back to it. The tire dimensions appear to be 25 x 1.90, 50-559. I read a bit about these new and old dimensions ...
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Tube adhering to tire

I was fixing a flat this morning and discovered that the tube was adhering to the tire casing. The tube pulled free from the tire, with about as much force as it would take to pull off well adhered (...
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Old freewheel removal

I have an old rear wheel - I think its from a Raleigh Arena roadbike from the late 70s or early 80s. There are broken spokes that require the sprockets removed to access. I've done this plenty of ...
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Rear wheel constant bump

my rear wheel has a constant bump whenever I ride . I've done all that came to mind at firs. Deflated and checked the tire , checked the axel for bends , checked the ball bearings , made shure the ...
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How do self-adjusting hydraulic disc brakes work?

I have Avid Elixir brakes on my mountain bike. They are the only part of the bike that's a total black box to me. I understand the principle behind disc brakes, and I understand the principle behind ...
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What is the purpose of greasing BB threads?

As is known for Shimano sealed bottom bracket cartages (e.g. page 16 here), if the BB cup is made out of metal, grease should be applied to the frame-cup thread. If the cup is plastic, grease should ...
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How to reinstall a tension screw of a V - brake that been fully unscrewed

I just bought a new showgun mountain bike and I was loosening the tension screw and it came completely out and I'm having a problem putting it back in
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Bicycle is harder to pedal when standing

From a few days now, when trying to pedal standing, my pedals become very rigid and it sounds like if the brakes are dragging. If I sit down again, the noise goes away and it's easy to pedal again. In ...
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Remove front derailleur without breaking chain

I recently purchased a Diadora Orbita bike from SportChek. As I was riding it my front derailleur got bent and now I can't use my pedals. So, my question is, can I remove the Shimano FD-TY18 front ...
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How to measure the correct belt drive tension?

I own a 2010 Trek District with a belt drive. I'm fairly happy with the setup, since after months of standing outside I just picked up the bike again and started riding without the usual chain ...
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Mechanism to draw rear wheel back and tighten chain stuck; oil not helping, what's next?

I have a bicycle with an internally geared hub (Rohloff). To tension the chain, I loosed the attachment of the rear wheel (dropouts), draw back the rear wheel, and tighten the attachment again. ...
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What size is the tiny ball bearing used in SRAM brake caliper quick release detents?

SRAM road brake calipers (mine are specifically Rival from 2011) have a quick release lever to facilitate wheel changes, as many calipers do. The SRAM QR lever has detents which make a little "click ...
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Cleaning Cable Housing?

I commute about 3600 miles a year and I am able to keep my gears adjusted pretty well. I do find that I get a lot of grime from rainy, muddy conditions, and I think I might be replacing my shift ...
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Is it the valve

I recently bought a new bike and the rear tire deflates quickly every time I inflate the tube. Now here's the thing: I inflate it fully and start to ride and the tire only deflates a bit. It seems as ...
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What kind of master link is most convenient for IGH / fixie / ss setups?

Here's a question related to this and this -- I've got a IGH bike and want to keep the drivetrain clean. I prefer to remove the chain for regular maintenance, but don't want to have to remove the ...
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Cyclocross tyre patching problems, bulging inwards

I bought a new cyclocross bike, very good very handsome. 2 days ago I rode it on quite a rough road composed only from rocks. Two punctures (slow leaking ones, cause only realised after coming home 2 ...
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How can I learn to take care of an old (70s era) road bike/get it back to working condition?

I found my mom's old road bike from the 70s tucked away in a corner of our attic. It's not in great condition and is pretty rusty. I don't know a lot about bikes from a mechanical or upkeep point of ...
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Refurbishing mountain bike - left standing for couple of years

I've a Marin Rocky Ridge (2007) that I'd like to give a bit of an overhaul/refurbish as it's been left standing for two years or so. I'm just looking to know where would be common areas that would ...
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How should the brakes on a child's bike be adjusted?

I picked up a child's bike from the recycling center - and I was going to give it to a financially strapped worker that I know. The brakes could easily be adjusted to be quite a bit stronger - but I'...
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Chain skip happening seemingly at random with a new chain

My bike's a 24-gear trail/road hybrid, and I've had it for about three years (although I've been riding it much more lately than in previous years). For a long while, I've had an issue with chain ...
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Shimano Bottom Bracket LHS cup - splines all worn off. Removal tips?

In reference to one of these BB's: http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-UN54-Bottom-Bracket/dp/B0039369B4 My kid had successfully chamferred the left BB cup's splines, until there is no useable spline ...
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How can I protect cables in inclement weather?

I cycle year round, in Maine. It is pretty much guaranteed my brakes and shifter cables will need replacement in the spring, even if I try to maintain and clean the bike after each ride. Does anyone ...
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Where can I find replacement screws?

I have a handful of rusty screws on my bike; where can I find such small parts?
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Recessed brake pivot nut stuck in carbon fork

The recessed pivot nut for my front brake calliper (no. 4 in this diagram) has seized inside the fork. I've managed to remove the brake calliper itself by unscrewing it from the front, but the nut is ...
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Chain rubbing on rear derailleur cage after replacing crankset

I bought a new Shimano 3-ring crankset for my aged MTB (5-speed at the rear) and updated the BB to the recommended length (9.5mm longer than I previously had with 2-ring cranks)for the new cranks. Now ...
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Why are so many technical aspects of cycling so subjective? [closed]

I come from an Engineering background and I have a strong interest in science. It has always struck me as odd how so much of cycling is so very subjective. As an example, though this is by no means ...
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Have some new parts on hand but need new frame - frame swap reasonable? or sell and purchase new bike?

Purchased my first "decent" bike, a Motobecane 700HT about 5-6 years ago as a 'gateway drug' of sorts for myself to get into XC biking. Ended up using it for commuting for a few years as well. Over ...
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What is the necessary equipment on longer bike rides?

Let me provide some context to the question. I mostly cycle alone and cover distances in the range from 45 km to 65 km; depending on the route, these rides last from less than 2 hours to well over 4 ...
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Can't shift to small chainring

While riding yesterday I could shift into the big chainring, but to get back to the small chainring, I had to dismount and press on the chain with my hand (I'm not talented enough nor inclined to ...
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Is the durability of more expensive chains better than cheaper ones?

Do expensive chains last longer? I get 300-400 miles using Wally World's $10 8 speed chains while riding off road or dirt. I monitor and replace the chain at close to 1 percent stretch. Would a '...
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What's in this patch kit?

I have a patch kit (from Bike Hand) and it includes: Rubber solution Metal rasp Patches Along with the aforementioned supplies there are two small rubber tubes, hollow, and about 1cm long. ...
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How can I tell where the damage is in the hub?

I am pretty new to bicycle maintenance. I've replaced brake cables, and patched tubes, but not much else. This week my plan was to clean up my back hub, because the wheel hadn't been turning as ...
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How to remove Race Face crankset?

I have a Race Face Ride XC single ring crankset that I stripped out the pedal threads on one arm. I am trying to remove the crankset, I have followed the instructions that came with the crankset, and ...
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Torque wrenches

How do I determine the torque required for different bolts, etc.? I am new to the world of torque wrenches and have not purchased one yet. I am suffering from chronic loosening of the left side crank ...
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Can you trim rim tape once installed?

I installed my rim tape then noticed was too wide so I trimmed it with a razor knife. Would this have caused any damage to the rim bead?
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Why does pedalling backwards not move my bike backwards?

On the BMX bike I have, pedaling backwards moves the chain but doesn't drive the wheels of the bike backwards like you would expect it to. Why is this?
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How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?

I commute on a fixie. I'm using KMC Z410 chains. Every evening if it's wet I wipe and re-lube my chain, using ProLink lube. Every weekend I remove the chain, soak it in kero, brush it with a citrus ...
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How do I re-insert a chain pin that has been pushed completely out?

While breaking the chain, I pushed the pin too far and pushed it out completely. Now the chain is too short. How do I re-insert this pin, or should I look for other options.
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What are the absolute essentials a cyclist should own? [closed]

Context: My bike shop includes free servicing as a standard with a new bike. I don't need such thing and live too far away. In lieu of waiver I can get €100 of stuff from the shop. Best bike problem ...
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Is graphite grease suitable for bicycle bearings?

The Wikipedia article doesn't explicitly list the applications of graphite grease. Would it be suitable for bicycle bearings and threads? Furthermore, I went ahead and purchased a single package (the ...