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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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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Wobbly wheel/hub even when I tightened the cones

The wheel has a sideways wobble eminating from the hub. I tried adjusting the cones to the point its too tight but the wobble continues. Upon closer inspection there is play in the point where the ...
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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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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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Identifying Rear Axle Size

I've got a bent QR rear axle and am looking for a replacement. Seems that these come in 9.5 and 10 mm sizes with a couple of different threadings. When I measure the OD of the threads I get around 9.8 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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How to fix gears on a Kilimanjaro bike

I've just bought a Kilimanjaro bicycle for cheap. One reason it was cheap, I expect, was the gears system. It's only partly functional, and I don't understand why. I would go to the bike shop with it, ...
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Water inside bike frame

My latest "project" involves my bike, i.e. I want to perform a complete renovation of it. This involves changing rim, complete shift group, brakes, hubs, carrier etc, just keeping frame, seat post and ...
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Shifting 1>2 does nothing, shifting 2>3 puts me into 2nd. What's wrong?

I'll be in first gear on my front derailleur, and shift up to 2nd. Nothing will happen at all. Then I'll shift up to 3rd, and I'll finally switch into second. 3rd gear is inaccessible. What could be ...
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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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Bottom bracket feels rough, should I replace it

My bottom bracket feels rough when I turn it with my fingers. I don't notice any problems when it's all assembled, but it's definitely not smooth like the other parts of much bike like my pedal axles. ...
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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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replacing tires and tubes [duplicate]

I own a trek 7000 hybrid and was wondering if there are aftermarket parts i.e. inner tubes and tires that will work for it. the wheels, tubes and tires are all bontrager if this helps any suggestions? ...
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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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Fixing broken STI shifters - plastic gear cable surround

As pictured, after knocking over the bike I've broken one of the plastic surrounds where the gear cable enters the front derailleur shifter. Shifting between the lower two chainrings still works, but ...
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Where can I find a Shimano cs50 stopper fixing bolt?

Somehow I lost a single 'stopper fixing bolt' on my down tube cable stop. I have a set of Shimano sm-cs50 outer down tube cable stops, and I don't want to buy new ones because I only need one bolt. ...