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 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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Possible to repair a pushed in braze-on?

I have a Trek 7200 (Alpha aluminum frame) and it has two water bottle holder mountings, the top braze-on on the seat tube seems to have broken from over-tightening and has sunk into the frame. These ...
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Where is the proper location to measure the tube size?

I need to replace a tube in my bike. I know there are many tire sizes. I bought 26', assuming that my bike was that size, and realized when I got home that I didn't even know where to measure from. ...
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Shaky Freewheel

I posted a question some time ago about vibrations in the frame of my road bike (a 1973 Sekine). Recently, I determined that the rear wheel is sliding back and forth across the axle, with about 0.5cm ...
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What am I supposed to do when my chain falls off?

It happened when I "stepped on it" (on an empty residential street). It left the chain on the road. What tool(s) and parts should I have had with me, to fix it? It was replaced (new) two months ago, ...
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My crank fell off, how do I re-attach it?

I was out riding on my mountain bike when my crank unexpectedly fell off (video). How do I reattach the crank? There's a torque range specified (25-30 Ft-Lbs): how critical is this? I don't own a ...
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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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Is a tire patch kit really necessary for urban commute?

I'm cycling for urban commute, on well-maintained roads and bike paths, Vittoria Randonneur "puncture resistant" tires, and at no point on my ride am I more than 1/2 mile (usually within 1/4, I bet) ...
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For a slightly warped wheel, is it worth getting it repaired?

My son has a relatively cheap kids mountain bike, no suspension or anything flash, and after a minor crash into a friend the back wheel is slightly out of true. It only causes issues under braking ...
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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 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) to help them with derailer-free chain work? I ...
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Slipping gears on new Electra Townie 8i

I just got an Electra Townie 8i bike and the gears are acting weird. I hear clicking noises when pedaling and sometimes it slips down to a lower gear. This is especially true for 4th gear. Is this ...
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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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Electra Shifter (Revoshift) is hard to turn

My wife has a hard time turning the Revoshift grip on her Electra Townie 7D due to arthritis issues in her hands. Is there a way to help with this issue?
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Squeaking sounds after lubricating the cogset and chain

My bicycle didn't produce any squeaks until the last weekend, when I decided to make a little maintenance. First, I used "Easy Clean" spray from the White Lightning brand to clean the cogset and the ...
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Shimano Revo Shift Gives No Clicks

I have a problem with my shifter. My bike is using Shimano Revo Shift(gripshift) RS-35 (see my picture). The one shifting the front derailer (the left shifter) does not click when I turn it but it ...
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How long should spokes last?

Trek Fx 7.3, 1 year old, 1900 miles 3 days short of my 1 year bike purchase anniversary I discovered some broken spokes on the rear wheel. The bike shop gave me a new wheel they had in the shop, an ...
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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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When do bearings need to be replaced?

How do I know when bearings need to be replaced? Should I go by time? Or is there a symptom to guide me?
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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 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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How can I tell a bike is safe after a crash?

I was recently in an accident where a car pulled out on me. I hit the car around the front wheel and me and the bike went over the bonnet and landed on the road, the other side of the car. I was ...
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Repairing a twisted front rim in emergency?

The front rim got somewhat twisted. I do not have here the rimmer or the small tools to adjust the pins. According to my friend's version, the outer tire and the inner tire are in fine condition. The ...
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How to get a very tight tire back on the rim?

I needed to change the tube as a consequence of a flat tire and I am in the situation that it's just impossible to put the tire back on the rim. In almost ten years of experience with road bikes and ...
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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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Fixing off-center Caliper brakes

The brakes pads of my front brake are off center, so far that when the brake is disengaged the right pad rubs slightly against the wheel even though there is plenty of clearance between the wheel and ...
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Buying a CO2 tyre inflater

I am thinking about buying a CO2 tyre inflater. I have never used one before and have 3 questions: Do they have enough pressure to get a road tyre up to full pressure (~100psi) When you use a ...
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Is my Fox RP23 Rear Shock blown?

I let all the air out of a used Fox RP23 shock (which I haven't ridden yet) to remove it from a frame, and a small amount of oil sprayed out along with the air. Is this normal or is my shock in need ...
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Shimano Revoshift repair

My bike has a grip shift (Shimano revoshift) which isn't shifting through all 8 gears. Even with the gear cable removed (it recently broke) it will only shift through half of the gear numbers and ...
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Bike Repair Information in Germany

I have been riding a bike for many years now, but I am embarrassed to tell you all that I am an novice when it comes to repairing and maintaining bikes. I have always had a problem with repairing ...
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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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Which size spoke tool. Currently size 14

I have this spoke tool. The number I use on this tool is 14. I use it on a hybrid mountain bike. . I want to get one which is easier to use but I do not know which size. Here are the available ...
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What are the most important things to bring on a ride?

On one of my recent ride, my bike broke down. My rear derailleur got pushed into the rims and broke. Since I have never gotten stuck like that before, I've never bothered to take anything with me ...
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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 to fix a detached brake cable?

My rear brake cable detached yesterday while riding. When I pull the level all the way back (which I can now do with no tension), I think I can see the end of the brake cable inside the brake hood, ...
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How to straighten a bent derailleur hanger?

I've bent (again) my derailleur hanger. It's a replaceable hanger but for this summer I can't get an original one and I know that the non-original one I can get is made in a harder material and could ...
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Tank tape for tire patching - Enough friction?

This topic has been cursorily covered by How can I repair a tyre with a deep cut? before, but less with empirical evidence. Tire patches as mentioned there are not available in my local bike shops ...
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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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Truvativ Firex chainset replacement middle 32 tooth chainring & bolts

I have a Truvativ FireX chainset from 2008ish, I'm looking for a replacement middle chainring however, no shops seem to stock replacements for Truvativ chainsets. Just wondering if anyone has any ...
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Adjusting rear derailleur - shifts to lower gear, but not to higher

Well, it will shift to a higher gear, but it takes two clicks of the shifter and it skips over a gear when it does shift. With one click the chain hangs on the current gear by the slimmest if threads. ...
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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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How do I stop my brake from sticking?

The rear brake (calliper) on my road bike sticks. When I pull the brake it pulls down but only half springs back and there's then slack in the leavers. This is causing rubbing on the rim. It's a ...
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If the chain/cog no longer drives the wheel, can this be fixed?

Suddenly (without anything sounding like it was broken) the chain no longer turns the back wheel. The cogged part of the wheel is turned by the chain but this doesn't turn the wheel. Is this ...
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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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One stripped post mount on suspension fork

I have a suspension fork, which has a stripped lower post mount, i.e. the bolt used to attach the brake caliper doesn't grip the post. Before anyone asks - yes, it is the correct size bolt, as the ...
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How to remove a crank arm with stripped threads?

A friend called me up yesterday after a mis-adventure during his attempt at a bottom bracket overhaul. He stripped out the threads on the (left) crank arm while using a Park crank puller. In a pinch, ...
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Repairing a bent bike frame, is it worth it?

I have a bike with an incredibly bent frame. The bike itself I have tried to replace with other inexpensive bixes, but this one just had a certain geometry that I keep wanting to resurrect it. It is ...
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Patching waterproof panniers

I've managed to tear a couple holes in my panniers. Nothing enormous; they can still hold their contents, but they definitely need patching. What would be a good way to patch them, keeping them ...
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Older Carbon Bike Safety

I have an older Trek 2100 that has carbon fiber tubes with aluminum stays (The frame is used early 90's 2100/2150/2200/2300 road bikes) After a recent accident with a car (going down hill, guy pulls ...
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Sequence for a complete road bike overhaul

I have a road bike that I plan to completely overhaul soon. Over the years, and with several bikes, I have overhauled most every component, but have never managed to do this for an entire bike, start ...