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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Is rubber cement in stationery stores the same as in tire patch kits?

Is the rubber cement that you can buy at the stationery shop: the same as what's in the little tubes of cement that come with your patch kit:
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Disk brake squealing after bike shop changed my pads. Is it enough reason to ask them to re-service (for free)?

I recently took my bike to the shop, since it started making a weird metal on metal (not squeal, just hard brushing sound). After checking it out they saw that the back brake pads were really (REALLY) ...
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Mystery item broken on old Dawes. Help!

I was adjusting rear brakes last night and this little thing snapped in half (see image [right]). The linear indent holds my brake cable in place and a 5mm bolt holds this in place. I guess I need to ...
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Is it usual for a freehub to have play? [duplicate]

I have a new rear wheel (Shimano Ultegra WH-6800) and the freehub has about 1mm-2mm of play in it. When the cassette is installed and the wheel is on the bike I'm getting a lot of wobble which is ...
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Fix a wobbly Shimano freehub?

I have a brand new Shimano Ultegra WH-6800 rear wheel. The freehub has about 2mm of play in it. I can feel the play without the cassette installed by grabbing the freehub body and moving it. It moves ...
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Feeling of suddenly missing chain in bike while pedalling

I can't pinpoint the problem with my bike, but the feeling is that it suddenly feels like I have no chains, and then it comes back, like it's "skipping". UPDATE: From the comments, I think the ...
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Where Can I Find an Inexpensive Bike Stand Clamp

Are there any recommendations for where I can buy an inexpensive bike stand clamp? I do not know what they are exactly called but the actual part that the bicycle is held onto in a work stand.
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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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Can I fix a bad tube patch?

So I did a hasty fix this morning when I had a puncture. It got me to where I needed to go, but by the evening it was flat again. I checked under water and there is that tiny little air bubbles ...
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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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How to fix problem with mountain bike chain falling off gears?

The chain on my girlfriend's bike came off the front gear today, it looks like the back gear changing mechanism isn't handling back-pedaling properly, whenever she pedals backwards the chain slacks ...
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upgrading components on a Brava late 80 early 90

I want to switch to STI gear shifters for this 7 speed bianchi brava, that has sun tour components. I know that sun tour is not compatible with Shimano. I also would like to upgrade wheels, etc. ...
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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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Chain slips off biggest cog under torque

I have a relatively new Bottecchia bicycle, about a year and a half year old and underwent about 8,000km. I almost always use the biggest cog on the front cassette. Lately I noticed that as I apply a ...
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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 to fix precession in pedal axle?

The axle on my bike that supports the pedals appears to have loosened, so that there is precession in it - I can slightly jiggle the pedals back and forth in a perpendicular direction to the axis. ...
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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 ...
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What is the name of this type of bolt for the front crank on my bike?

I recently had to take the front gear off of my bike and had some difficulty undoing the bolts. Because of their poor condition, I have decided to replace them. However, I have no idea what they are ...
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What non-metric fastener heads are left on a standard bicycle?

I believe that we've for the most part made the transition to metric on contemporary bicycles -- at least for the tools we use to repair them, am I right? For example, while many screw threads are ...
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What caused this seat clamp / frame failure?

Here's my "long distance" ride, which is an old steel MTB without suspension. I picked it up by the saddle to move it and felt some play, I thought the saddle rails might have been loose, but as per ...
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Tire casing appears damaged

The casing of my back tire appears to be damaged. There is one spot where it is torn, and the tire bulges out when the it is inflated. I want to know what causes this so that I don't do the same thing ...
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How bad is it **really** to bend aluminium rims? Requesting evidence based answers [closed]

Context: Bicycle wheels can become untrue if the rim is bent, e.g. from hitting a curb. The usual question: Can a bent aluminium rim be bent back straight? The two camps (figuratively): 1. Sure, go ...
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Stuck Bottom Bracket

I have an 80's Fuji bike and It's definitely well past time to replace the bottom bracket. The adjusting cup came off fine, but the crank side cup is super stuck. I've tried stacking lockring washers ...
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Renovating bike, are there addon to make the rims look thicker? [closed]

I have an older road bike and I am looking to renovate it. The rims on my wheels are pretty thin, and I very much like the look of deeper rim wheels. Can I produce this effect without buying new ...
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Campagnolo Ergopower inaccurate shifting on high and low cogs

I replaced the G-Spring and G-Spring carrier on my 9 speed Chorus Ergopower. Now it is shifting better and the clicks are sharper, but I can't adjust the derailleur to shift good on all gears good. ...
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brake lever will not return

My friend has a mountain bike that survived last years Queensland's floods (Australia, that is), but is all battered and bruised after not being ridden for a year. With my beginner's repair skills, I ...
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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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Shimano Claris shifter double/triple shifting up (when moving to smaller, harder cogs) on the rear derailleur

Although my rear derailleur is properly indexed it's suddenly started to double or even triple shift on an upshift - i.e. when moving to harder, smaller cogs on the cassette. This happens whether I'm ...
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Do Master Link pliers help with SS / fixie chain assembly?

A followup to my own question, seeking specific help. I'd like to know if anyone is using a set of "master link pliers" (something like Park's MLP-1 MLP-1.2, or try this search) to help them with ...
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Cyclocross tyre patching problems, bulging inwards

I bought a new cyclocross bike, very good very handsome. 2 days ago I rode it on quite a rough road composed only from rocks. Two punctures (slow leaking ones, cause only realised after coming home 2 ...
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Chain falls to the outside of the chainring, but I can't reproduce the problem

I have a Dahon Speed P8 that I use for touring Japan, which has about 3000km on it. The bicycle has 8 gears on the back, and 1 gear on the front. Note: I love riding my bike, but honestly (and ...
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How can I learn to take care of an old (70s era) road bike/get it back to working condition?

I found my mom's old road bike from the 70s tucked away in a corner of our attic. It's not in great condition and is pretty rusty. I don't know a lot about bikes from a mechanical or upkeep point of ...
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Campagnolo Athena - Lost plastic part on front derailleur. Now the chain is droping on upshifting

Somehow the plastic part on the side/front of the derailleur is lost. Now I can't shift properly because the chain drops to the outside on an up shift. The plastic part is visible in this image. Its ...
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Controlling the state of bicycle components

I tried to formalize the maintenance of a bicycle. Every component must be periodically checked using the following algorithm: Begin 1: Wait for appropriate time Measure the component wearout ...
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What is the necessary equipment on longer bike rides?

Let me provide some context to the question. I mostly cycle alone and cover distances in the range from 45 km to 65 km; depending on the route, these rides last from less than 2 hours to well over 4 ...
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How do I get rid of this clicking sound in the back wheel?

Difficult to diagnose, I know. Basically, I bought a single speed Schwinn a few months ago, and after riding it for a couple of weeks it started clicking in the back wheel somewhere. I've taken it ...
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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's in this patch kit?

I have a patch kit (from Bike Hand) and it includes: Rubber solution Metal rasp Patches Along with the aforementioned supplies there are two small rubber tubes, hollow, and about 1cm long. ...
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Cateye Computer Probe Wire Repair

I snagged the wire on my Cateye Mity 8 computer on the rack the other day and broke it mid wire. I'm going to fix it by splicing them back together. I'm worried about effects of getting the wires ...
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Rebuilding a rear wheel

My rear hub is damaged. I have not yet inspected the source of the damage, but the wheel is moving sideways when rotating (a LOT), plus I rode it like this for about 35km. Therefore, I find it ...
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Bicycle maintenance notes, technical book: do you have one?

Well, I drive a car and I have a technical book (maintenance) and automatically I want to do the same for my newly bought bicycle. I would love to track repairs, maintenance schedules, changed / added ...
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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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Fixie chain stuck between cog and hub

I had my chain jump off on my fixed gear when I hit a pothole, and it's gotten completely wedged between the cog and the flange of the hub. I've removed the lockring but can't get a chain whip around ...
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Twist shifter cannot shift down – what might be the cause?

My son's bike is stuck on 7. When we try to shift down to 1, there are no clicks. It just shoots right back to 7. This is a dial/twist/grip shifter, not a trigger shifter. I do not think it has ...
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Campagnolo Ergopower Chorus 9 inaccurate shifting

My Chorus 9 Speed Ergo-power (~2005) got inaccurate during shifting. The local bike repairman couldn't get the dérailleur to shift properly. Sometimes the chain don't jump down or up after shifting. ...
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Shimano Nexus Inter-3 internal gear hub stuck in second gear?

The situation My Shimano Nexus Inter-3 internal gear hub is stuck in second gear (it's a 3-gear hub). When I take the external cable housing apart, I can move the pin that goes inside to change gears, ...
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Axle flex under load normal for freewheel hub?

When using a freewheel'd hub is it normal for the drive side of the axle to flex a little bit? I replaced the kickstand on my bike and the new one sits closer to the rear tire with about 2 mm ...
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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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Why does my Rear bike tire slow down when Pedaling?

I just replaced a flat on my rear road-bike tire. I had also tried to replace the rear axle, By removing the axle completely, to a quick release lock but realized the axle that had been installed with ...
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How do self-sealing inner tubes work?

How do self-sealing inner tubes work? I understand it protects against objects up to a certain length, but do I need to still remove the offending object eventually? Or do I need to leave it in? Are ...