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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Selecting a compatible BB: spindle offset

Replaced Shimano Bottom Bracket, now front derailleur won't shift to largest gear How do I measure a bottom bracket? I thought the only thing that mattered when replacing a bottom bracket ...
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Can a 120mm fork be mounted on Specialized Myka?

I have this fork available: RST Gila T8 (120mm travel option). The 80mm XCT fork on a 2-year old Specialized Myka is getting worn. I am considering installing the fork. Here it is explained that ...
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Can you rebuild a Sram gear hub?

I bought a used bike with Sram 7 gear hub and after a few weeks, the chain started falling of all the time. I took it to a bike shop and they told me that the problem is in the gear hub, that it's not ...
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Phil Wood Hubs: Anyone had a Pawl go?

I got front & rear Phil Wood hubs for a touring setup back in Oct of 2011. I'd been using them for commuting to work -- averaging 20 KM a day. Except I'd been off the bike for the month of ...
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What does vulcanizing solution in patch kits consist of? Can I buy it?

I have a pile of old patch kits for inner tubes that are complete except for the little tube of "vulcanizing solution" that comes in patch kits. With time, these tubes crack, or have a cap fail to ...
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Fork shakes on braking

I reanimated an old city bike. The front brakes work fine but the brakes squeaks. So I cleaned the rim and brakes, now the fork shakes on braking. What is wrong and how can I fix this? Change the ...
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How can I properly replace the hose on this older Schwinn pump?

I have the following Schwinn bike pump. It’s pretty old, perhaps 30 years or more. I like it a lot. Some years ago, I changed to Presta valves; for this I needed a new head. I got a Topeak ...
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What does a “dished” wheel mean? How to tighten spokes on such a wheel, without a spoke tension meter?

Should all the rear wheel spokes have equal tension? Or should the spokes from the side of the cassette be tighter, in order to skew to wheel in that direction, and the wheel to be centered in the ...
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Disc brake producing noise after a crash

After little crash I'm hearing strange knife-like sounds from my disk brakes, but the wheel and brakes doesn't look damaged. What should I do?
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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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Cycle tyre and tube burst

I pumped my cycle front tyre to 105 psi (700*23c) 5 days back and cycled some 60 km on the same day without any punctures. Afterwards I parked the cycle in my bedroom for the last 5 days (due to ...
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Maintenance of Fork springs on Marzocchi Bomber Dirt Jumper

I recently took my fork into my mechanic for service because it was making a rattling noise in one of the fork legs. Upon initial assessment he thought it was a broken return spring for the air ...
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Way to fix outward dent in rim?

On a ride today I ran over a water run off too fast and have caused an outward bulging dent in both sides of my rim. The bulge is hardly noticeable to see or touch but I "think" I can feel it when ...
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How to determine if my rear axle is bent?

When riding, the rear wheel feels as if there is a tiny pebble, stuck within the thread. The wheel is one week old, the hub is Shimano FH-M475. I have done only very tiny jumps - for example from ...
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Help please to identify my Tandem

I have just purchased an old tandem, but don't know the make or year. Can anyone help me to identify it. The frame is steel and it has a frame number of 452599. There are no decals fitted but I attach ...
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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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Shimano Hollowtech left crank arm getting loose

After 2 years of good use, left crank arm on my FC M542 crank set has started to get loose quite often (cca 500 km). It is usually indicated first by few now an then click-clanks somewhere in the ...
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Upgrade/Replacement options for Cannondale Headshok DD50?

I have an older Cannondale that I love. It's an F600 comp (the special edition one in pumpkin orange), with a DD50 front shock. The problem is that the DD50 is WORN as all heck. Even when locked ...
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How can I fix panniers that have got holes in

I've got some Crosso panniers that have got quite a few holes in. I once fixed a drybag backpack with patches of leather and industrial strength glue which worked like a treat, but I've forgotten what ...
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Why would each patch produce a new leak before resintalling tube?

I got a puncture in my tube (size 700c x 23c, Kendra, came with bike) and applied a vulcanizing glue and patch, then checked it. Before reinstalling the tube, there was now a new leak right next to ...
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Can I use a shock pump to inflate a tube?

I know that shock pumps are meant for high pressure applications so that they can withstand high pressures needed by suspension shocks. However, can I use a shock pump to inflate my tire in a pinch ...
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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 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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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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How do I know the model of my Shimano Torney SIS Index Rear Derailleur, I have a Vertical Henox T3 bike?

I had a vertical henox t3 bike which I hadn't ridden in a long time I changed gear and the derailleur bent into the wheel spokes and the derailleur is now bent and doesn't work properly. The ...
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Best way to patch road bike tubes

I've scoured the internet for this answer, as I recently just tried to repair a tube on my Purefix fixed-gear bike which I assume uses tires and tubes similar to road bikes, as the tire size is ...
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Why does the glue in a puncture repair kit dry up so quickly?

With puncture repair kits, generally you get like 6-8 patches and a tube of glue. The only problem is I can really only use the glue for the first patch because once it opens, it just ends up drying ...
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Broken rear axle. Why does it happen and is it worth trying to repair?

So I'm taking the time during the holidays to overhaul my commuter bike. The whole drivetrain was full of old oil, road salt and grime so I decided to take the whole thing apart starting with the back ...
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Handlebars are slipping and the stem is cutting into my bars. How do I fix this? New bars and stem or just a new stem?

I bought a 2014 kink curb and I think I may need to buy new bars because my stem is cutting into them. I don't know though. If anyone could please help me with this.
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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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How to securely connect cable to AXA Quattro dynamo?

See the image: How do I securely attach the cable to the dynamo? I tried the obvious, threaded the cable through one of the holes in the plastic cover, and pressed the cover snugly onto the socket. ...
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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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Why would tube patch sometimes peel off with backing?

Sometimes, when patching a tube, the newly placed patch will peel off when removing the backing. Sometimes I have this problem and sometime I don't and I'm not sure what the difference is. Is it the ...
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Rear derailleur and front shifter are not indexing “together”?

So my rear derailleur and front shifter have stopped working together, my shift can shift once up and then nothing. My bike has essentially turned itself into a 2 speed. The shifter is a 2300 shifter ...
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How can I remove a stuck rear cassette?

I've been trying in vain to remove a rear cassette that I myself installed about a year ago. I may have over-tightened the lock ring and now I can't remove it no matter what position I hold the ...
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Repairing Carbon / Aluminum frame

My road bike is aluminum with a carbon rear triangle. The carbon rear slides into the aluminum, and I believe was bonded with some sort of epoxy. The pieces have begun to separate after 2.5 years ...
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Alternatives to buying a repair stand?

I'd like to buy a repair stand, but I can never seem to convince myself to drop the $100 minimum it seems I'd need to spend. Has anybody had any success building a stand themselves, or is it worth it ...
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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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Do I need to face my new frame?

I just purchased a new aluminum MTB frame. The headset is a standard "NECO, 142, 1-1/8” AHEAD". The BB is ... I'm not sure, but is internal and threaded. How do I determine if I need to face or ream ...
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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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Suitable remedy for chain damaged by bike shop

I've got a fairly old Dawes Discovery 301 (not sure of the year); earlier today I took it to a shop to have a replacement bottom bracket fitted. I rode it 2 miles home, and noticed a slight ...
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Hydraulic brake cable invisible leak. Possible?

I've crashed hard, handlebar rotated as much as it could and I guess rear brake cable was stretched. Braking became soft. Time to bleed I thought. But I'm completely unable to bleed it. Tried some ...
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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 route cables aroung the head tube?

Consider this illustrative picture: The cables are routed "across" the heatube. Id est the cable leaves the shifter, crosses the headtube and then curves back under the top or bootom tube. I often ...
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Should I oil new cable housings?

When installing new cables and housing, is is wise to oil the housing? If so, how? Here Hicks recommends spraying (but for re-newing old cables). On the other hand, I have found it intuitive to put ...
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Is my derailleur hanger too bent?

I bent the derailleur hanger on my 9spd cassetted Bianchi Volpe about 1.5 yrs ago, and I just did it again, but worse. This time the derailleur got sucked into the wheel and really did a doozy with ...
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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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Will this fork crown race installation tool work?

I am looking to purchase a fork crown race installation tool, ant this one is the only one available online. The IceToolz thing is "to be delivered" someday. I am very skeptical of this tool, as it ...
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Derailleur problems - rear mech slipping forward

I have been riding my Trek Fuel Ex 8 for a few years now, and as I have improved, I have been attacking more challenging terrain. I have started to notice a problem in my rear mech - the link arm ...
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Treacherous ride - top half of fork points backwards, but the bottom points forward

I have a Kent Glendale with dual front suspension. The top half of the fork is turned around so the right shock was installed into the left stanchion and vice-versa. and I cannot figure out how to ...