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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What is the “preload” setting on the front fork suspension?

I've made a photo of the actual "thing" as I find it very difficult to explain otherwise: I'm wondering what this "thing" sets and how it actually works. So, what is "preload" and what happens when ...
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What causes my chain to derail at the rear when I accelerate?

I recently bought a beat-up old mountain bike for commuting. I've tried to clean and adjust the derailleurs and everything seems to work well enough in my garage. But when I put heavy weight on the ...
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Why did my tire explode?

Been running a set of quite nice slicks at 120-140 PSI for a couple of months. Might have done 400-600 km on the bike in that time. Tonight the rear tire exploded while the bike was sitting in my ...
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Mountain vs. Road 10 Speed Drivetrain Compatibility

I'm modifying my CX bike to double as a lightweight tourer. I'm currently running a 1x10 SRAM Force/Rival drivetrain. I'd like to replace my single front chainring with a "mountain double" to ...
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How do I reassemble the rear gearing after fitting new tyres?

I have a Raleigh maybe 8 years old with shimano 15 gears. How do I reassemble the rear gearing after fitting new tyres? Everything seems to be in correct position but a small bolt with captive nut ...
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Post Rain Ride Wipedown

I've tried avoiding riding during the rain for years because I didn't want to hurt my bike. But, tomorrow I really want to ride, rain (most likely) or shine. What should I do after the ride to ...
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Buying a used higher quality bike vs a lower quality new bike

I'm in the market for a new or used bike in the $1000 range and am trying to figure out whether it is worth it to buy a nicer bike with better components if they are already used and worn. For ...
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Disk brake brakes work poorly after annual maintainance

The disk brakes practically don't brake anymore. If I pull the brake lever as hard as I can, the wheel still turns if I push the bike forward. Is this normal? Do they need a "brake in" period? ...
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cheap bike tools or “can I just use generic hardware store tools instead?”

I want to maintain my bike. There a number of tools which are very specific, which also cost a lot of money. I have an old road bike which uses a freewheel. The freewheel remover cost me something ...
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If I can't find the hole causing a flat tire, do I need to replace the tube?

My back tire got flat. If I pump it up now, it can hold the air for about 30 minutes to an hour before it's totally flat. I took out the inner-tube yesterday, pump in a bit air and put it into water, ...
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Will a bicycle trailer damage my (steel) bicycle?

I have a rhode gear trailer with a 100 lb capacity, similar to the burley and other brands, that attaches to the left chainstay (see image of hitch below). I currently have it attached to my ...
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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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Cannondale Lefty DLR Ti Fork Rebuild/Maintenance

I have a mountain bike with a 2003 Cannondale Lefty DLR Ti fork. As I've been riding the bike this season, I've noticed that the fork is behaving strangely. It doesn't seem to lockout fully and it is ...
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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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Can't get the drive side bottom bracket cup out

I have an older Raleigh frame that I converted to a fixed gear and the bottom bracket cup on the drive side has been painted over a few times and I can't get it out. This is the type of cup (the one ...
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What are the most common causes for hysteresis in the rear derailler?

I have often seen derailleurs on cheap MTBs to degrade in performance by showing hysteresis. By that I mean that to switch to a certain cog, one needs to shift one cog further and then immediately one ...
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Upgrades/Repairs Mongoose XR-150 [closed]

First time posting here for bikes. I have an old wally world free xr-150. It was my favorite bike as a kid when it was all about fun. It's been sitting around for many years. No real rust or tarnish. ...
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What are important items should I carry if I am plannig for 200 - 400 km [closed]

I am planning a tour for 200-400km by tar road. What precautions should I take during the tour. How much distance should I cover per day? How much speed should I maintain and what gear setting shall ...
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How should I prepare a carbon frame when I want to swap in a new bottom bracket?

My four-year-old, carbon-framed road bike has developed a case of creaky cranks. I only hear creaking when pedalling hard, when I pedal more softly it just sounds like it has always done. Given the ...
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When do my brake pads need replacement?

I have a bike that is almost two years old. It still has the original brakes (side pull caliper brakes), which seem to still be functional. However, they are worn and I am going to be doing a lot of ...
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Where can I buy Framesaver in Canada?

My LBS has told me they're unable to order Framesaver due to difficulties shipping aerosol canisters across the border. Are there any reputable retailers (either online or in the Greater Toronto Area) ...
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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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How do you spot the left side pedal on egg beater pedals?

I've just got a new set of crank brothers egg beater pedals and I can't tell which pedal is for the left side, and which is for the right just from looking at them. Is there an obvious way to tell ...
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How long should a road tyre hold its pressure?

How long should a road tyre be able to maintain a pressure of around 100psi, and what factors are likely to reduce this time? Background: My tyre pressures are consistently dropping to around 60psi ...
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When to tune/replace brake cables for optimum tension

Original Question What physical symptoms do I need to look for to understand that my brake is out of tuning or the cables have reached end of life? It is not necessary to consider the brake shoes in ...
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Oil specs for the 2013 Totem RC2 DH DPA

Does anyone know the oil specs for the 2013 Totem RC2 DH DPA fork? On http://www.sram.com/rockshox/products/totem-rc2-dh the "Technical Manual - RockShox Front Fork Oil Chart - 2011 (44.85 KB)" only ...
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Is there any advantage to removing rust?

I mean a functional, noncosmetic, advantage. If I left the rust that was already there, would it weaken the parts? If it would cause more damage to some parts, which ones?
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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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How can I remove the bottom bracket from this old road bike?

I need some help removing this bottom bracket. I am obviously no mechanic, and watching several videos on youtube I found nothing that could help in this specific case. Basically after removing both ...
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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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Is it harmful to shift RD while climbing standing?

I'm just learning to climb standing, and I find I'm often guessing wrong about which gear to use; plus there are times where I'm accelerating up the hill and just need to shift up. Upshifts under ...
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Ultegra 9-speed brifter upshift problem - beyond WD-40?

I have a 2000 Ultegra 9-speed right/rear brifter that does not "release" the cable properly. My initial search on this problem suggested that this could often be cured by flushing with WD-40. So ...
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What should I look for when buying a used bicycle?

I'm moving to a city where I can ride a bicycle to the grocery store, coffee shop etc. I want to purchase a decent used bicycle. I'm leaning towards a bike that's in between a "10-speed" or road-bike ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do you connect and disconnect a quick release chain link?

I can't find any nice video or pictures tutorial that explains how to connect and disconnect a quick release chain link. Am I not finding anything because it has another more common name? How do you ...
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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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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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Determining front & rear derailleur compatibility

I have a 2009 Kona Dew and I'm just wondering how to figure out what front and rear derailleurs are compatible with my bike. Do I just have to find a matching Shimano part that fits 8-speed gearsets? ...
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Where to find good bicycle maintenance info?

If there is a good book what would it be? I'm pretty sure I can find stuff on YouTube (any particular user?). Any blogs out there?
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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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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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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 ...