Repairing your bike when something is broken. REPAIR is not the same as MAINTENANCE, a separate tag. Repair is what one does only when something is broken. Maintenance is what one does on a regular basis.

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How to determine if my rear axle is bent?

When riding, the rear wheel feels as if there is a tiny pebble, stuck within the thread. The wheel is one week old, the hub is Shimano FH-M475. I have done only very tiny jumps - for example from ...
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Help please to identify my Tandem

I have just purchased an old tandem, but don't know the make or year. Can anyone help me to identify it. The frame is steel and it has a frame number of 452599. There are no decals fitted but I attach ...
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Bottom bracket mysteriously squeaking

Somewhere from the non-drive side of the drivetrain is coming loud squeak when I pedal hard. The story is long. First I threaded the BB-ES25 incorrectly, and had to spend half an hour with a file to ...
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Shimano Hollowtech left crank arm getting loose

After 2 years of good use, left crank arm on my FC M542 crank set has started to get loose quite often (cca 500 km). It is usually indicated first by few now an then click-clanks somewhere in the ...
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Upgrade/Replacement options for Cannondale Headshok DD50?

I have an older Cannondale that I love. It's an F600 comp (the special edition one in pumpkin orange), with a DD50 front shock. The problem is that the DD50 is WORN as all heck. Even when locked ...
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How can I fix panniers that have got holes in

I've got some Crosso panniers that have got quite a few holes in. I once fixed a drybag backpack with patches of leather and industrial strength glue which worked like a treat, but I've forgotten what ...
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Why would each patch produce a new leak before resintalling tube?

I got a puncture in my tube (size 700c x 23c, Kendra, came with bike) and applied a vulcanizing glue and patch, then checked it. Before reinstalling the tube, there was now a new leak right next to ...
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Can I use a shock pump to inflate a tube?

I know that shock pumps are meant for high pressure applications so that they can withstand high pressures needed by suspension shocks. However, can I use a shock pump to inflate my tire in a pinch ...
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How do I determine my wheel size

Would someone explain wheel sizes. If I am not mistaken, the wheels on my Trek 520 touring bike are 700C. There are no markings, and of course, no documentation of any kind. I assume 700 means 700mm, ...
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What is a simple mnemonic for remembering the thread direction when removing pedals?

Given that pedal threads are different on the left and right pedals: the right side pedal has a right-hand thread (removes counterclockwise, installs clockwise); the left side pedal has a left-hand ...
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New headset cups loose against the frame

Trying to replace the headset cups and race faces on a steel frame for 1" fork. Removed the old cups by gently knocking them in a circle with a steel pipe of the correct diameter. However, the new cup ...
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Broken rear axle. Why does it happen and is it worth trying to repair?

So I'm taking the time during the holidays to overhaul my commuter bike. The whole drivetrain was full of old oil, road salt and grime so I decided to take the whole thing apart starting with the back ...
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Handlebars are slipping and the stem is cutting into my bars. How do I fix this? New bars and stem or just a new stem?

I bought a 2014 kink curb and I think I may need to buy new bars because my stem is cutting into them. I don't know though. If anyone could please help me with this.
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Bike repair costs

I just started college and though it'd be nice to have a bike to get around and was looking at my mom's old road bike, but it definitely needs some work. It's a Fuji VALite 1769 frame with Suntour ...
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How to securely connect cable to AXA Quattro dynamo?

See the image: How do I securely attach the cable to the dynamo? I tried the obvious, threaded the cable through one of the holes in the plastic cover, and pressed the cover snugly onto the socket. ...
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Do glueless tube patches work as well as glue ones?

Quite a few years ago I tried some glueless patches for repairing my punctured tubes while out on the road, and found that they rarely stayed on for very long. I know that technology has advanced a ...
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Why would tube patch sometimes peel off with backing?

Sometimes, when patching a tube, the newly placed patch will peel off when removing the backing. Sometimes I have this problem and sometime I don't and I'm not sure what the difference is. Is it the ...
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Rear derailleur and front shifter are not indexing “together”?

So my rear derailleur and front shifter have stopped working together, my shift can shift once up and then nothing. My bike has essentially turned itself into a 2 speed. The shifter is a 2300 shifter ...
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How can I remove a stuck rear cassette?

I've been trying in vain to remove a rear cassette that I myself installed about a year ago. I may have over-tightened the lock ring and now I can't remove it no matter what position I hold the ...
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Repairing Carbon / Aluminum frame

My road bike is aluminum with a carbon rear triangle. The carbon rear slides into the aluminum, and I believe was bonded with some sort of epoxy. The pieces have begun to separate after 2.5 years ...
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Alternatives to buying a repair stand?

I'd like to buy a repair stand, but I can never seem to convince myself to drop the $100 minimum it seems I'd need to spend. Has anybody had any success building a stand themselves, or is it worth it ...
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Threaded headset wobbles after riding

This is my first time adjusting a threaded headset. After thoroughly cleaning, inspecting and greasing the bearings, I attempted to re-assemble the headset. The piece is interesting in that the lower ...
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Do I need to face my new frame?

I just purchased a new aluminum MTB frame. The headset is a standard "NECO, 142, 1-1/8” AHEAD". The BB is ... I'm not sure, but is internal and threaded. How do I determine if I need to face or ream ...
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Suitable remedy for chain damaged by bike shop

I've got a fairly old Dawes Discovery 301 (not sure of the year); earlier today I took it to a shop to have a replacement bottom bracket fitted. I rode it 2 miles home, and noticed a slight ...
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Hydraulic brake cable invisible leak. Possible?

I've crashed hard, handlebar rotated as much as it could and I guess rear brake cable was stretched. Braking became soft. Time to bleed I thought. But I'm completely unable to bleed it. Tried some ...
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How long does it take to replace bottom bracket bearings?

How long does it take to replace bottom bracket bearings? Is there anything that can make the procedure take more or less time? How does the type of mechanism affect repair time?
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How to route cables aroung the head tube?

Consider this illustrative picture: The cables are routed "across" the heatube. Id est the cable leaves the shifter, crosses the headtube and then curves back under the top or bootom tube. I often ...
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Should I oil new cable housings?

When installing new cables and housing, is is wise to oil the housing? If so, how? Here Hicks recommends spraying (but for re-newing old cables). On the other hand, I have found it intuitive to put ...
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Plastic screw with ripped-off head stuck in the frame

So I attempted using a couple of shitty plastic screws to attach an air pump to the water bottle mounting holes in the frame. I was using a long-arm torque wrench and the head of one of the screws ...
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Will this fork crown race installation tool work?

I am looking to purchase a fork crown race installation tool, ant this one is the only one available online. The IceToolz thing is "to be delivered" someday. I am very skeptical of this tool, as it ...
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Derailleur problems - rear mech slipping forward

I have been riding my Trek Fuel Ex 8 for a few years now, and as I have improved, I have been attacking more challenging terrain. I have started to notice a problem in my rear mech - the link arm ...
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Treacherous ride - top half of fork points backwards, but the bottom points forward

I have a Kent Glendale with dual front suspension. The top half of the fork is turned around so the right shock was installed into the left stanchion and vice-versa. and I cannot figure out how to ...
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Is it cost efficient to Convert a Huffy Mens mountain bike to a road bike like the one I rented at Orange Peel in CO?

While on vacation in Steamboat Springs CO I fell in love with a road or trail bike I rented and so did my family. We road for miles on a trail and it was great. I want to convert the mountain type ...
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Pressure gauge on my pump stuck at one value, what is wrong?

I have a Specialized Switch Hitter I have used for several years on both Presta and Schrader valves. Recently, my wife tried to inflate her tubes (Schrader valve) and could not get the pump to ...
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How to Patch a Bike Tube?

Related (but more general): What steps should I follow to patch a tube? I have done this more than a hundred times, but am still not sure what are the correct steps. Here they show to put glue ...
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How many times to patch a tube before dumping? [duplicate]

Related: Patch or replace tube? This video asserts that: A properly patched area of a tube is stronger than intact tube area Never patch a tube more than 3 times Those are seemingly ...
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How do I align a wheel?

I broke a couple of spokes on my wheel, now it's all bent, how can I align it back again? What kind of tools do I need to do a good job?
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Yet another stuck BB. Help me save my frame!

So I have two bikes and a year ago I went through the challenge of unscrewing a stuck BB. The solution was to put the tool in a vice and twist the frame around it. Today I have an even more difficult ...
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Rear wheel wobbles

my rear wheel wobbles while it spins, like in this video. I read in the comments that it could simply be a badly mounted tire. What's your advice on this, what should I do?
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Restoring an old xUSSR bicycle for commuting… Feasible? Silly?

I've got a very old bicycle from the xUSSR days in my garage (outside UK atm). I'm not sure what year / model it is, to be honest... I've been commuting to work (8.5 miles each way) almost every day ...
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Fix / clean or throw away tire with 30+ thorn punctures?

I recently rode through a horrible thorn patch. I came out with 2 flat tires. Upon examination, I found that the tube was punctured in 10+ places. Throw away. The tire has 30+ small thorns in it. ...
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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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Size of Pedal Threading on old German Glockenlager?

I removed the pedals of a Göricke bike from 1934 or 1935 (according to the bike number). It has a Glockenlager (What is that in English? Bell shaped bottom bracket?) as seen in the picture. The crank ...
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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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Caliper bolts after crash: repair or replace?

A few days ago, I was looking down checking out my crank while riding and drifted into the LA River Bike Path and ended up crashing bending my front brake caliper. Can the recessed bolt that holds ...
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What tool is needed to adjust this headset on a children's bike?

My daughter's bike has a threaded headset, and I don't know what tool I need to adjust it. As you can see from the picture, there are the following parts in the stack: a knurled ring, which ...
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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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Bottom bracket cup doesn't fit on non drive side

I'm replacing the crankset and bottom bracket on my old steel frame road bike, which looks like this one, so I'm guessing it's from around 1985. I picked up a 68 mm square taper bottom bracket and ...
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repair scratches on surly frame

I am a happy owner of a Surly Cross Check frame, two years old. Today I put it against a pole, but a strong wind blow made it slide along the pole and fall to the ground. As a result, there is one ...
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How do I know if it's worth restoring my bike?

I found myself in need of a bike, but buying a new one is out of the question. So two possibilities remain: buy a used one for a low price; fix one of my old bikes. But here comes another problem ...