Bicycle components without which it's not a working bike: wheels, brakes, saddle/seat, bottom bracket, derailleur, stem, handlebars, bolts, etc. Also tag with specific part.

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Are derailluers always or usually compatible with any cassettes?

Is it OK to choose a derailleur without taking into consideration the cassette that will be used with it and vice-versa?
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Are shifters compatible with different derailleurs?

Can I simply choose one shifter without taking into consideration the derailleur that will be used with it and vice-versa?
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How feasible is it to transfer modern (2010) components to a 90s frame (road bike)

My 2010 aluminum frame may be toast (stripped bottom bracket) and I was considering getting an older chro-mo frame and transferring the components to it. It's a racing/sport style with drop bars and ...
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Would hydraulic disc brakes be easier on my hands than mechanical disc brakes?

I ride MTB in a coastal town where all roads are dirt roads with lots of uphill/downhill. Nothing extreme, I just ride to relax and enjoy the landscape. I have mechanical disc brakes and after a 2-4 ...
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Where can I find a 9mm x 26thread axle nut?

I have a Gravity Swift 2 that I got off Bikesdirect. Somehow I lost the left front axle nut. I have been to two LBSs and neither of them have (or have even seen) an axle nut this size. I e-mailed ...
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Bike touring/camping tip(s)

I have a tentative first-time bike touring/camping trip in the planning stages and working out my set-up. I have a good idea of the essentials. My question is especially directed to those who have ...
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Are Z-shaped cranks a good idea?

I've stumbled across this kickstarter project, which promotes an original shape for cranks: They claim a wider arc of useful push during rotation. While their main point is rendered moot by ...
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How to determine size of freewheel?

My previous question was: How to take apart this rear BMX hub? How do I determine the size of my freewheel to replace it? I have seen on bicycle sites that a freewheel comes in sizes like 14t, 16t, ...
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What is the biggest component difference between a cheap road bike and an expensive road bike?

I am shopping around for road bikes now, and I wanted to know what components to look for. I am not talking about the frame, carbon or otherwise, I mean types of shifters, brakes, cranks, rims, etc.
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What is a modern equivalent to “fir el 201” rims

What is a comparable modern-day rim to these "fir el 201" rims? I believe they came stock on a 1996 Bianchi Eros. I need to replace the rims, and I am trying to gauge the quality that I am used to ...
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What should I look for in clipless pedals and shoes?

I am just thinking about investing in some clip-in pedals (and presumably shoes). I want to use them mostly on my older road bike but in the future I might want to move them over onto my mountain ...
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Tapered Head Tube

I am wanting to understand how a tapered head tube works. Does it require a tapered steerer, or is it the case that the steerer is a consistent diameter top and bottom and just the bearings differ in ...
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What kind of bicycles do they ride in the Tour de France?

I've been looking at a lot of the coverage of the Tour de France. All of the attention is on the cyclists, and no attention whatsoever on the cycles. Even in photographs or videos, they are so far ...
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How do I determine the model of my Shimano Rear Derailleur?

I recently damaged my rear derailleur and am trying to find the replacement online. It is a Shimano Tourney SIS Index. I have found several models in the Shimano website that are pretty close ...
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Does “Carbon & Aluminium” really mean cheap plastic coated aluminium?

I'm looking to replace the suspension fork on my MTB (which has blown a seal) with a rigid fork now that I'm exclusively commuting in the city. During my research I came across the MOSSO 26" MTB ...
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Is there a practical gain from elliptical/oval chainrings?

I have seen competitive (amateur) cyclists with oval chainrings (front). What is the deal? Are they just for showing off, or is there a practical gain from it (different force transfer).
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Source an internal/hub derailleur for Bianchi Bergamo

Is this really such a novel piece of equipment? 2006 Bianchi Bergamo internal/hub derailleur I commute with a lot of weight on the rack and pop spokes in my rear wheel at least a couple of times a ...
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What is this rubber ring around the top tube for

I have seen these on a few bikes. What is the purpose :S
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How to replace broken chainring that is missing a tooth

I was going to ask if I need to replace it but I'm certain the responsible answer is yes (comments welcome). How do I find and replace the outer chainring? Specifically find the right model or ...
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How can I find inexpensive salvage repair (frame) parts?

I've got a 2008 or 2009 Titus X. I cracked one of the struts (probably the wrong term) in the rear suspension triangle. I'm hoping I can find a salvage part (still waiting to see how expensive a new ...
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Is it a good idea to get a narrower front tire and a wider rear tire on a road bike?

I am currently running Continental Grand Prix S 4000 in 23-622 / 700x23C front and rear. I am about to buy a new set of tires for my road bike and am fancying a smaller tire for the front and a wider ...
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What is this — seems to be bike-related?

I'd love to know what it is that is pictured below: It is worth driving 320 km to pick it up. (Makes no sense.) I am trying to win a bet that I can find out what it is.
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Are chainring bolts interchangeable?

I have an 11 speed Athena chainset, and I've stripped one of the chainring bolts. It's £40 for a replacement Campag set! Can I just buy Race Face at £4.70 and expect them to fit?
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Road bike's Crank & Cassette on a MTB, what's the catch?

MTB's cranks usually have a 42 or 44T where as Road bikes range up to 53T. So far I am under a impression that more tooth, means more speed. Same goes for cassettes, lesser the tooth more the speed. ...
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What does double and triple gear shifters mean?

I am looking at these components and am wondering what does double and triple gear shifting mean? Shimano R221 Double Gear Shifters 8 Speed ...
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Why are kickstands so much hated by MTB bikers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Kickstands and mountain bikes Is it just around my country, or is this a global thing? Most bikers riding MTB specifically do not have kickstands. They simply drop a ...
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How does Lockable Suspension work?

I recently asked a question about how to make a lockable suspension last longer. There zenbike told me about the “blow off” feature. Now, I am curious about how the whole system works. So, can ...
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Bargain-basement component brand lines?

So it now seems obvious to me that brand name alone is not a good quality heuristic; my Shimano Revo shifter just went south and was replaced after two years, which seems far too soon. (LBS put a SRAM ...
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New, cheap mountain bike: What's most likely to break?

I have a very cheap (less than USD $100), new mountain bike I'm about to break in on a 2-4 hour ride on a mountain trail. I'd like to be prepared for equipment failures or problems - can anyone ...
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Does a hybrid truely have a wider tire or does a mountain have a wider tire?

I'm looking around my local bike shop and saw that the hybrids have a slim tire while a mountain has a more fatter tire. And when i researched it says the opposite. Please help me.
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Which headset to replace my FSA No.10?

I have a Cube LTD CC (2009 model) which has this semi-integrated headset in it. It needs replacing, but I'd rather go for something with cartridge bearings instead of cage bearings. I've been looking ...
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is it worth to change slx 2011 rear derailleur for xtr 2009?

I bought a bicycle last summer a Specialized camber comp and it mounts Shimano SLX as rear derailleur. My intention is to change it for a xtr derailleur (from 2009) which is mounted in a bicycle I ...
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Will an ACS 13T X 3/32 Crossfire freewheel fit an All-City Standard 130mm Hub?

Will an ACS 13T X 3/32 Crossfire freewheel fit an All-City Standard 130mm fixed/free Hub? I am attempting to setup a goldsprints setup using a very large front ring and a small rear freewheel. I'm ...
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Is it possible/sensible to add a suspension fork to an old mountain bike?

I have a ~1993 Giant mountain bike. It's not great, but I am a very new and casual rider. The bike has a solid fork and it makes for the predictable rough trail ride. The trails are generally ...
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How can I protect components from being stolen off my bike?

I had my bike locked up properly so that the frame and wheels were secure, but somebody stole the 8 speed and handlebars off of my bike. I don't understand how this can have more than a $10 resale ...
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What are some other places to buy MTB frames online?

I am looking for sites that sell bike frames online. i find many sites list all things (forks) but stop short with frames. The best places I have found are: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ and ...
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Buying Guides/Primers/Resources? [closed]

Background I find myself looking into buying a decent bike for the first time in my life (previous bikes having all been gifts or walmart specials). As such, I find myself trying to figure out what ...
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What is the purpose of the 'tire guide' screws on shimano brakes

On Shimano Ultegra and Dura-ace brake calipers there are round-head slot screws in the lower section of the brake pad holder. In the BR-6600 spare parts catalogues they are labeled as 'tire guide' ...
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Lock for extremely frequent use

Are there lock products out there specifically designed for easy handling when locked unlocked dozens of times a day? I'm using a normal, chain-based lock at the moment and I'm annoyed because I'm ...
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Tightening a nut too much

Often guidance will be given to tighten a nut to "20 lbs of pressure" or something along those lines. What's the best way to ensure you tighten things up, but not to over-tighten? Is there any way ...
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Does anyone still use the old Brooks-style saddles?

About 30+ years ago I bought my first road bike. It had an old (used) Brooks leather saddle on it, whose design probably dated back to 1900 AD. To anyone who hasn't seen these, they look like a ...
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Upgrade my Globe Vienna for commuting and distance riding, or look for a new bike?

I've been cycling for about six months now, and am looking to get into some distance cycling and want to get my speed up on my commute. I currently ride a Globe Vienna ...
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How can I move the handlebars on a mountain bike close to the rider without affecting handling and control?

I recently finished building up a mountain bike, with the help of a friend. My initial rides - a few miles, nothing too extensive yet - revealed that I need to move the handlebars a bit up and back ...
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How do I know if the tandem bicycle I've inherited is worth repairing? It has a serial # 459310 on it, no other identifiers

I've inherited a vintage tandem. It looks as if it has been spray painted, and has no identifiers, etc remaining on the frame. The serial # on the bottom reads -459310. Any ideas on a make or model, ...
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Are there any drivetrain components designed and sold to last longer?

If a chain is only supposed to last 2000 miles, a rear cassette 5000 miles and a chainset only 10000 miles, then, at a modest 100 miles a week you are going to go through 2.5 chains a year, a new ...
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Cartridge equivalent spindle length for Shimano BB-6207 116 mm Cup and Cone Bottom Bracket?

I'm building up an old Terry bike and will likely pick up a NOS Shimano 600EX FC-6207 crankset. The corresponding bottom bracket for this crankset is the 116 mm BB-6207 cup and cone. However, given ...
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Shimano Chainring Compatability

In my previous question we determined that I probably need new chainrings. I was/am planning on replacing the chainrings, and leaving the original crank. Now this bike is running Shimano 105 FC-5600 ...
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how much can i raise my stem?

I've got one of these stems: It's currently fully inserted into the bike, and it's too low for me. Can I simply loosen it, raise it 5cm and tighten it again? What's the minimum length that ...
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Is torque relevant for steel/aluminium? Where do I find torque specs?

When you are not dealing with carbon, is torque relevant? I've never seen it mentioned on the hundreds of answers here, or the hundreds of how-tos I've read elsewhere. Should I just tighten ...
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What's the loss of effective output, with a worn chain?

I was just bought a new fine ultegra chain for 10 speed road race bike. This is actually the first new chain for this not so old bike. I am a fan of statistics, measuring power with a power unit on my ...