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 do you protect the underside of your brooks leather saddle?

I'm new to leather saddles and I'm working on breaking mine in. I'm using a Brooks B17 Narrow. I use clip on fenders with my bike when the weather is bad. However, sometimes I get caught in the rain, ...
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How to Get Starter Pins

I'm not sure if 'starter pin' is the correct terminology. When you buy a new chain, that doesn't have a master link, you get a longer pin that allows you to put the chain together. Then you simply ...
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Which lubricant/grease to use for ball bearings?

A little mishap happened today during cleaning my bicycle. I tried to take off the sprocket wheel for easier access, but instead I opened the lock nut of the hub (cassette type) and the balls came ...
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Exact dimensions for Wheelsmith Rim Rods?

Does anyone have access to the Wheelsmith Rim Rod ERD measurement tool? I need to reproduce this no longer manufactured tool. Specifically, I need the length of the yellow portion of each rod, the ...
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Bike Assembly - What all needs lubrication?

I'm in the middle of a frame swap for my road bike. As I'm putting the bike back together, I've been wondering what all needs lubrication? Is there a comprehensive list somewhere that explains what ...
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LBS said creaking under torque is normal?

on my last question i asked about a creaking/tick i was getting when i was stand pedalling on a climb. I took it to my LBS today and they said they had stripped all the crank and bb and re greased it ...
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Joe Blow Pump Maintenance

My Top Peak Joe Blow floor pump has been getting harder and harder to pump. I bought the high end model so that my 94 lb wife could pump up her own tires, but it has gotten to the point where I can ...
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Alternative Chain/DriveTrain DeGreasers

My question is whether there is anything "special" about the Bicycle-Specific Branded Chain degreasers or whether the much cheaper alternatives are just as good. I've used the ParkTool CB-2 ...
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Strange noise coming from bottom bracket/crank? any ideas?

ive just bought a trek 6300 and im getting a strange creaking coming from the crank/bottom bracket when im stand pedalling. it only happens when im stand pedalling, and only what appears to be on my ...
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Keeping a leather saddle in good condition

Is shoe polish a good or at least adequate solution for keeping a leather saddle in good condition? And/or better options?
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Bike Balancing, How is it done?

When riding hands free, I am noticing my bike is more oriented towards a particular direction (In my case: left). I tried to check of what my problems might be: I check the handles, if they were of ...
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Maintenance/Upgrades for Gary Fisher Joshua MTB

Let me start from the beginning: About three years ago, I broke my leg after buying a Gary Fisher Joshua MTB, when I was just getting into road and cross-country riding. I've only started riding ...
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How do I fold a bicycle tire?

I have Race King (continental) 2.2 MTB 28" tires that I need to store until it's winter and snows again. They are foldable, and I planned to store them in their original boxes, but how do I properly ...
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Where can I find containers to dispense bulk chain lube

So, I'm looking for drip style containers to keep in my messenger bag and my home shop to dispense bike chain lube. I want to just buy a 32oz container of lube for cheap on amazon and fill my own ...
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Puncture resistant tires

The the default tires from my scott aspect 30 (Schwalbe Black Jack, 26 x 2.1, 50TPI) are peaty worn by know and i need to buy new ones. My main complain is the punctures made by vegetation every day ...
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How to make a lockable front suspension last longer?

Lockable suspension is very handy on every ride. But I have witnessed a few cases where they break way too soon, in comparison with other types of suspension. The locks fail to be effective, or the ...
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Better 7-speed chain for Trek Allant?

Bought a Trek Allant for cycling to work (ca 10 miles). Now, after exact 512 miles the chain is worn out and starts damaging the cassette and chainset. Cheap crap material! Is there anything out there ...
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The quick release on my shimano sora brakes pops open during braking

Occasionally, when using my bike with shimano sora brakes on the front and rear, the quick release will pop open during braking, reducing my braking power. Is there some way to prevent this? Is it ...
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how to replace a bearing on BB7800?

Friends, Do anyone of you know on how to replace a bearing on BB7800 ? Do I need a special tool ? or a screw driver, and hammer would be enough to push it out ? Thanks
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Alternative Chain Grease/Lube

Can I use this general-purpose lithium grease on my chain until I can get some Finish Line lube? Thanks in advance.
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What's the point of removing the excess oil after lubing the chain?

There is a very strong point in bike-mechanics culture, which I've seen in very competent answers here, too, to apply one drop of lube in every single roller of a clean chain, and then (!very ...
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Will a hollowtech shimano BB fit a bike which currently has an octalink bracket?

I have a mongoose otero elite 2008 and the crankset is broke (wobbling) It's also bent, so time for a new one. I currently have a nice shimano deore crankset from an old bike, but it uses a different ...
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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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Should a link opened/closed by a chain-breaker be stiff afterwards?

I disassembled my bike's drivetrain to degrease and regrease all the components. I used a chain-breaker for the first time (previous bikes had a master link) to open a chain link and remove the chain. ...
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Rust on chain and cassette

It looks like rust on my chain and cassette. Both were new 5 months (4000 km) ago. The chain is about 60% worn/stretched. I've been riding 5 days/week, 40 km/day, Toronto on mild winter roads, and ...
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What tools do I need to disassemble and re-assemble an 80's road bicycle

I would like to do maintenance on my 1982 miyata 310 road bike myself. What tools are necessary to take the entire bicycle apart, lube, and put it back together? Here is what I have come up so ...
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Best bang for the buck to improve a cheap fixie?

What are things to improve on a cheap bicycle that make a real difference? I'm looking at the bang for buck tradeoff. The bike is an inexpensive Fixie/Track Bike (less than 150GBP). 11 kg steel ...
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Should I tune up or replace bike?

This question is about the economics of owning and maintaining a bike. I bought a brand new mountain bike for $250 some months ago. I ride about 30 miles a week on paved trails for occasional ...
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Can a fixed gear sprocket be changed without tools?

I do not have a chain whip or sprocket ring tool. Is it possible to change the rear sprocket without these tools?
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How do I measure a bottom bracket?

I need to replace the bottom bracket bearing on my fixie. I plan to get a Shimano UN26, but I note that there are a number of different sizes. The sizes seem to be expressed as 68-110, where 68 is the ...
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Why does my gear slip when going uphill / standing?

I have a road bike that I use to commute ~6 miles to work every day. Some of the portions of the ride are at a steep incline, and I've noticed that when I get up to stand on some of these hills, my ...
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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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Should I put grease under the lockring on my cassette?

I take my cassette off the bike to give it a good cleaning a few times a year and have always put a good amount of grease under the lockring. I am not talking about repacking the hubs, bearings or ...
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Accessory to raise handlebars (on a bmx)

I just bought a used bmx bike and after raising the seat to a level where it is semi-comfortable to pedal while on the seat, I now find that the handlebars are too low. Is there any sort of an after ...
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How often should I have maintenance for my bike?

I am a non-expert bike rider. I keep my bike in a closed storage during the winter and ride during the summer. Do I need to do some kind of maintenance at the beginning of each summer? Is it safe to ...
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How could I have fixed a flat tire?

My tire was flat and I could not fix it, so I had to carry the bike all the way. How could I have fixed it?
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Can a worn drive-train be upgraded incrementally or should it be all at once?

It seems like I have a worn drive-train (sad trombone previous question) and should think about improving it. I'm a little leery about throwing good money after bad into a used bike. Must I buy a new ...
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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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If you keep a bike inside for months in a row, do you have to check it?

For example, if you keep it in a garage or in basement, I am thinking the tires might lose air and then the wheel will pressure down the tire. So do you need to check the bike once in awhile and ...
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Santa Cruz Blur linkage maintence

How much maintenance and what is it specifically that needs attention on 2006 - 2010 Santa Cruz Bur VPP rear linkage mountain bikes? Im looking to buy a used Blur XC, but I hear they need a lot of ...
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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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Why don't frame manufacturers ream/face their frames?

Before building up a new frame, it's crucially important to ream/face the headtube and crown race seat (and the bottom bracket, if using press-fit cups). You should also ideally chase the threads of ...
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Folding bike cleaning

I just got a Dahon Mu Uno 2011. I am really happy with the bike, but it's my first folding bike and I have noticed how quick it gets dirty. This is probably due to being closer to the ground than most ...
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How do I cut hydraulic brake hose without expensive tools?

I've seen some expensive hydraulic hose cutting tools. I just want to cut the two new brake hoses I have now, so I don't want to buy an expensive tool. I want to do it myself, and I don't mind ...
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Carbon Seatpost / Frame in Repair Stand

I've got a Park PCS-10 repair stand, and just acquired my first carbon bike. Is there anything I should know about clamping either the frame or seatpost in the stand? Being a few years old, the frame ...
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Maintaining an old bike properly

I have a 6 years old bike, I got it when I was 9. It's a great bike, however I've always had the problem of maintaining it properly. I have a few questions which I hope to get answered here. Before ...
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What rear brake should I get for a Surly Steamroller?

I recently acquired a Surly Steamroller (fixed gear bike). I want to ride is as a single speed for everyday use. I changed out the rear wheel and got one with a flip-flop hub. I'd also like to add a ...
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How do the adjustment barrels on a gear cable work?

I have a Shimano Sora derailleur on the bike I just bought with a triple chainring in the front. Right up by the shifters there is a sort of barrel adjuster on the cable. It doesn't seem to do ...
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Tightening rear quick release stops rear wheel

I have a medium sized Trek Mountain Track/Antelope with a seven speed freewheel. When I tighten the rear quick release, I have to carefully back off on the tightness so that the wheel will actually ...
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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 ...