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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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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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 do I keep smallest gear on my crank shaft from contacting frame

I have an old Trek 8000 ZX that I am fixing up. I had to replace the bottom bracket and I believe I successfully did that. The bike did not have a crank set to work with so I salvaged one from a pile ...
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MTB gear xx1 repairable?

I have an XX1 cassette, and broke the cog with 24 teeth, is this replaceable or repairable?
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Where to get replacement bolt for rod brakes

Well, I did it again: While working on a bike with rod brakes I lost the bolt which connects the two "actuating" rods to each other (I have no idea what these parts are even called; The measuring tape ...
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How to fix V-brakes

Somehow the little black rubber thing that goes with the brake got folded over the silver round clip... I tried various tools (After my fingers etc hadn't proved useful) in trying to drag it back but ...
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Spoke tension - is a left tilt ok to prevent explosion?

The left hand steel blade spokes of my WH-RS30 (not 30A) are constantly exploding inside of the nipples when going up hill in a standing position. I have increased the right hand side tension to about ...
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Small amount of wobble in wheel

If I grab my [suspension] forks tightly and push against the wheel sideways, there is a slight amount (few millimeters on 26" wheel) of play/wobble from the axle/hub. The QR is done up tightly. Is ...
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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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When I shift to the smallest cog, it's suddenly too loose

The other day I was riding with the chain on the smallest cog in the back (and the middle chainring in the front) and suddenly something felt like it slipped and the chain was suddenly way too loose. ...
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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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Catastrophic failure

My rear wheel suddenly became loose in traffic today. It is completely off axis. The axle looks fine from the outside. I remember being told something about loose cones. Should I bother to repair ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Frozen lockring

I have been trying to get a lock ring off of an old wheel. I have the correct cassette removal tool and (homemade) chain whip. I've gone so far as to use a vise but to no avail. I'm attempting to turn ...
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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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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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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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Cannot locate mysterious crunching/grinding noise

I've seen other posts on this general subject. My BB seems tight, new chain installed by bike shop, gears all checked ... I am second owner of this Raleigh so no knowledge of past usage or ...
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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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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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Repair fork or get new one?

Right now, I have a pretty old and terrible fork: 2006 Manitou Axel Elite 100. It's leaking oil like crazy, and I've almost eaten it a few times because of how easy it is to bottom out the forks. I ...
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How to remove pedal bolt with round, smooth head

I'm trying to take the reflector off of some old French track pedals but can't remove one of the bolts holding the reflector on because the bolt holding the reflector onto the pedal rotates with its ...
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24 gear SRAM shifters- PROBLEM

So recently i bought a carrera vengeance for £45 which is a bargain and the only problem was the gears(24 gear SRAM shifters) for the left side. When i got it i tried to shift but it just clicks and ...
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Rear wheel seizing

I Have a modern road bike, all has been good for 2 to 3 years. This morning my rear wheel/pedals/chain seized completely. I eventually found out the problem was the the wheel and/or axel thread and ...
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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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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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Restoring a 16"

This here is my 16" bike which I'm going to at least try restore. I've put some wider bars on it, fixed loose things etc. My friend removed the pedal back but I don't think he has put it back ...
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Wheel Wobbles and Rubs on Brand New Bike?

I just got a brand new bike and it came partially assembled in the box. I don't have a whole lot of experience when it comes to working on or building bikes but I managed to put it together. theres a ...
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Peculiar feel when pedaling

I ride an early 90s Scott Unitrack CST with the original Shimano Deore drivetrain it came with. Same as this one. When pedaling, the right pedal has a peculiar feel like a sudden inward jerk at a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shimano dual lever Ultegra ST-6600

The shifter cable broke on the way home from work. The break was inside of the dual lever assembly. I was able to fish out the cable end. But, with a new cable, I am not able to get the shifter to ...
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Shimano STX rear shifter, broken spring

I have to repair a Shimano STX shifter 7 speed (from a Raleigh MT200 bike from 1995). It has a broken spring, and I am almost sure that is the only thing to be repaired. It is similar to that ...
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Lowrider style bent forks techniques

Would a 24 inch bent fork fit on a 20 inch frame? Is there even a 24 inch fork? Would a 26 inch fit? Also if it doesn't fit in could I just add to the 20 inch - would you be able to extend it making ...
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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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Tools and spares needed to repair a chain on the road

I'm increasingly riding long-distance randonees/audaxes and I'm pretty confident I can fix most simple things which might go wrong with the bike. However, I've never done anything with a chain apart ...
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Can I convert freewheel hub to use cassette?

I'm converting a 1989 Trek 830/Antelope MTB to a commuter and it has a freewheel. Can I convert it to a cassette with the same hub?
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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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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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pedal falling off axis

One of the pedal arms in my bike is loosening off the crank every so often. When it starts to happen, the pedal arm, that has square ends, and the nut will end up detaching from the crank, so I have ...
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Identify missing fender part

Let's play "identify the missing part"! While riding, something which holds the fender to the frame between the chainstays and just behind the bottom bracket fell off: Please help me make my bike ...
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Trouble Removing bottom bracket. Is it my Tool?

I'm having trouble removing my bottom bracket. I'm using quite a bit of force as far as I can tell. But neither side is budging. The bike is a 2011, and I've never removed the bottom bracket, but ...