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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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 ...
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I'm worried about my derailleur snapping. The chain isn't running around the bottom pulley, it's running next to it

I'm worried about my derailleur snapping. The chain isn't running around the bottom pulley, it's running next to it, scraping against the bottom pulley and the frame. When I change gears it makes a ...
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How to fix a stripped pedal crank

The threads on my bike's pedal crank just became fully stripped and the pedal fell off, though the pedal itself is fine. Is there any way I can fix this without fully replacing the pedal crank?
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How to replace a tube with only one quick stick?

So what is the correct number of quick sticks to swiftly change the tube? I had always thought that the answer is of course 2, but : I can do it twice as fast with one Quik Stick as you can with a ...
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When should you replace tires after getting a flat?

A nail punctured my rear wheel tire today while riding. My question is, how do you know if you need to replace a tire or simply repair it with a tube repair kit? The hole looks pretty nasty. The cap ...
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Rim cement as a replacement for rubber cement

Can I use aluminium rim cement for patching flat tire instead of using rubber cement?
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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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What tools on a multi-tool do I actually need?

I feel like there are almost as many bike multi-tools out there as there are bikers. In a single trip to REI, I found nine different bike tools each ranging from only four to over thirty individual ...
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Is there any replacement for the chainrings of a Shimano STX crankset?

I have a Shimano STX Crankset (probably FC-MC series or similar, around 2001) with worn out chainrings (5 Arms). Is there any contemporary replacement opportunity for either the chainrings or the ...
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Vibrations in frame when pedaling

Recently, when I pedal sufficiently hard, I begin to feel vibrations through the whole frame of the bike. They are not so strong as to make the bike un-ridable, but neither are they road chatter. I ...
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FC-M330 replacement

I have a Trek 4500 with a Shimano FC-M330 crankset. I need to replace the crankset and was hoping that someone could tell me the current replacement. I believe that I have narrowed it down to the ...
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Is it ok to use a 9spd link on a 10spd chain?

I accidentally broke the master link (a.k.a reusable missing link) on my 10psd KNC x-10 chain. Since I only had a SRAM 9spd replacement link, i used that to connect the chain. I rode 30 Km without any ...
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What is the largest hole a tire can bear before replacement?

Saw this question today. The tire in question has a 2cm long hole on the inside, from a knife. I sometimes get puncture flats from e.g. glass. Never as big as 2cm. Usually if they're less than ...
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How to repair shifter housing

I have shifter with damaged housing. It shifts well, but I guess if housing is not repaied, rain and elements will quickly put an end to it. Which material would be suitable to fix this hole? Epoxy ...
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Can I replace a 1/2 inch bolt with a 14mm one to secure my axle?

My front wheel is secured with 14mm bolts, while my rear wheel uses 1/2 inch bolts. Turns out my multitool has only a 14mm wrench, so I can't change the rear tire with it. Rather than carrying ...
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Failing to unscrew BB - what now?

I have an external bearing BB, that I need replaced (It is quite badly rusted). I opt to do the repair myself. The bike is a Specialized Hardrock, the crank arms are SR Suntour. Having removed the ...
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Rear internal hub won't shift gears

I have a 1963 Sears cruiser, three speed, which I bought very recently. On my third ride, the middle speed stopped working, and went loose; there wasn't any "traction" when I pedaled. It happened as I ...
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Fixing Carbon Fiber

I have a Cervélo S2 and absolutely love my bike. It has been rock solid. Unfortunately, I had a bad case of chain suck when my chain fell off my chain ring right when I was grinding up a hill. The ...
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How can I repair a swollen tire allowing visibility on the inner tube (picture provided)?

I have a new problem on my bike which occured after patching my inner tube. Since I put the patch on, my tire is pushed out away from the rim near the intake valve (not near the patch). In the picture ...
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Sources of vibration at high speed in and around rear wheel

I’m experiencing vibration somewhere in the rear half of the bicycle when descending at high speed (say more than 30 mph), and I haven’t been able to pinpoint the cause. Everything looks fine, ...
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What to do about a stuck chain link on 10 speed chain

I put a new chain on my bike and after 3 rides or so, I developed a stiff link. I'm not sure what caused the issue, but now it barely bends at the pin at all, unless forced. It causes skipping ...
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Are aluminum or steel chainrings more resistant to bending?

I mash a lot and wind up killing chainrings. I later find that my chainring warps at the midpoint between two chainring bolts. Usually my first sign that something is wrong is my chain pops off or ...
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How to remove broken bolt in Chain Tug?

It is now stuck very hard because I used apparently too much force to tighten it, how would you take that out? The bolt is in soft aluminium frame so it can be quite tricky thing to do. Some bolt ...
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Refitting Cable to Rear Derailleur

Whilst riding recently the cable slipped from the clamp on the rear derailleur. I'm attempting to affect repairs by re-clamping the cable. However by pulling the cable tight I have lost the bottom 2 ...
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Should cassette “wiggle”

Recently My freehub broke and so I removed the cassette to replace the freehub and noticed, whilst off the bike, 4 of the remaining bolted together 8 sprockets wiggled (4 wiggled together but ...
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how to repair large holes in inner tubes

I find that any hole, cut or tear larger than a pinprick is impossible to repair with normal patches because they are too soft. Even a 2-3mm slit will cause the repair patch to balloon out and burst ...
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How can I tell if a rim is bent or if the wheel is just out of true?

How can I tell if a rim is bent or if the wheel is just out of true?
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Are bicycle helmets repairable or disposable?

Suppose I wear a bicycle helmet, and I fall hard and my helmet cracks. Do I buy a new helmet or can I try repair the old one with some glue?
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How do I re-attach a crank that has fallen off?

I have already read My crank fell off, how do I re-attach it?, but it did not answer my question. I was biking up a hill in first gear, and I felt my left crank was a bit loose. Never having had ...
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Six speed chain on an eight speed bike

So in the shop they asked me "what chain do you need" and I said 7. They said "you could try this 6-speed, it is half the price of a 7, and we put it on 7-speeds all the time". I said "ok", only to ...
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how do you make a chain longer with a simple chain breaker?

I was replacing a chain and managed to cut the chain too short. Is it possible to make the chain longer using a simple chain breaker? If so, how?
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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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Front derailleur sticking, not shifting. Will soaking in solvent damage parts?

I've got an older deore lx front derailleur for a mountain triple crankset. It wasn't shifting properly, and it seems that it's sticking and not returning back to a neutral position when I shift it. ...
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Patch or replace tube?

Is it worth patching a tube on a mountain bike, or just replace it with a new one? There are a lot of 1/2" - 3/4" thorns here in Texas, and I use 26 x 1.95 tubes. Any particular patch type/brand ...
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Is it possible to repair a dent on an aluminium frame?

I have Centurion Cyclo Cross 4000 bike. Recently I got into an accident with a car door. As a result I have a significant dent on my frame(see the photos below). I have two questions: Is it ...
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What should I do to get an older bike into good condition

I recently bought a hybrid human/electric bicycle at a garage sale, and I've been working on getting it into usable shape again. It is about 10 years old, and needs some work. The battery was quite ...
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Riding Repair Kit

As most of my riding is limited to intra-city commuting (on bus routes) or on bike paths, I have not really faced a dire need for a repair kit while riding. I am looking into pulling off a three hour ...
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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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the derailer is touching chain and it won't let me go past 14 speed supposed to go 21 speeds

The derailer on my 21-speed bike looks like it's bent. It won't let the chain go onto the 3rd ring of the front derailer so, no I can't shift past the 14th speed. If I try it makes a loud sound, like ...
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How exactly are pedals attached to crank arms?

Recently I tried to unscrew the left pedal of a bicycle by turning it counter-clockwise with a spanner lengthened with a piece of pipe. The net result is the spanner broke apart and the pedal is still ...