Questions about shifting between gears or the shifters themselves.

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Brake lever and shifter for bullhorn

I have a Sora 3500 set on my bike except for the shifters, which are Alivio ST-M310 and a 22.2mm flat bar. Now I have a new bullhorn which I would like to install, but the old shifters don't fit, ...
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sram grip shifter to be fox CTD shock remote lever

the FOX shock CTD remote is a nice shock, but the remote is bulky, even the new 2014 version, still uneasy to change between CTD. I come across this article http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/article/...
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What can I replace a Shimano SL-M760 shift lever with?

My right-hand Shimano SL-M760 9-speed shift lever broke, and unfortunately I can't seem to find a new one online (I'm in Germany). I'm a bit overwhelmed by the number of Shimano 9-speed shift levers ...
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How do experienced cyclists know which gear they are in without an optical display?

Most mid to high level mountain groupsets (eg SLX and X7) have shifter options without any display as to what gear is currently active. How do riders avoid cross-chaining and other unpleasantnesses, ...
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upgrading an old bike gears and shifter

I don't have a whole lot of knowledge on this, but here goes. I have an old Murray Ultra mountain bike (prob. 15 yrs.+). It is a 15 speed bike, with a 5 speed freewheel. The whole Shimano system is ...
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Putting Shimano SORA STI Shifters on Touring Bike w/Deore Derailure

So I just bought the 2015 Fuji Touring Bike and it came with bar-end shifters. I do a lot of city riding so having STI "Brifters" is really convenient in hilly city traffic. The problem is my Fuji ...
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Using 9 speed Deore front shifter with 10 speed Ultegra front Deraileur

I am trying to build a bike out of all the spare parts I have in my garage. I found a 3x9 Deore front shifter, 3x10 Ultegra front d and crankset. Would they work together? By the way, I am building a ...
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How do I tune up the shifters/derailleurs on my mountain bike?

I have a Diamondback mountain bike with Shimano shifters that I bought used last summer, and over time the shifting has gone out of whack. For example, on the front wheel I can't shift into the ...
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Hard shifting on SRAM Rival FD shifter

I just installed SRAM Rival shifters and a FD on my touring bike. However, I'm having an issue with very hard shifting. The right/rear shifts fine (teamed with X7 RD). I have to push excessively hard ...
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Shifters/brakes won't fit on bullhorn bars

I have a KALLOY UNO HB-005 580 mm handlebar and a shifter with brake combination, Shimano Alivio ST-M310. I have a Sora derailleur and crank set. I got as a gift a bullhorn Origin8 Bully Bullhorn 6061-...
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I removed the drop-out adjusters… Do I need to adjust my derailleur or add chain or both?

I have an old 1998 Lemond Zurich, and I recently purchased new wheels. The old bike had drop-out adjusters. When I added the new wheels I felt like my bike was rubbing against the brakes, then all of ...
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Shimano 105 5800 mech compatibilty with 5700 shifters

I have purchased a Shimano 105 5800 11 Speed Cassette 11-32, 116 link chain (CN- HG600-11) and longer-caged 'GS' rear derailleur (RD-5800-GS) to replace my original 105 10 speed 5700 series mech. Can ...
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bar end shifters on drop bars - why not run the cables all the way to the stem?

The typical touring bike with drop bars and bar end shifters shoots the shift cable out the bar tape, right under the curve like so: My bike is like this. It would be cleaner to run those cables all ...
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Can you use a 8 speed Shimano shifter with a 7 speed cassette?

I want to use an 8-speed shifter with a 7-speed cassette. I saw this question, but I am unsure if this would work, since I believe the spacing is the same between a 7- and 8-speed, but the length is ...
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What kind of gear shifter is this? Single lever

I have this old bike that I'm taking a look at (ie oiling and whatnot) for a friend. The bike is old (maybe 20 years old), with this type of a gear shifter for front derailleur: It has a single ...
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microSHIFT on front gears, how does it work?

Firstly, I do apologise if I don't get all the terminology correctly but I hope I'm still clear. We bought a second-hand 18-speed bike that has a front gear system that I've not encountered before. ...
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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 the tension in these shifters?

I have these shifters in my old bike and it has problems with the gears because the shifter for the front gears doesn't change the gears at all. It seems like a tension problem. So I need to make the ...
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Front shifter has three positions, but front chainring is only double. Is this a problem?

My Merida Cyclocross 3 bike has a double chainring at the front. After a few weeks of being a little annoyed about the awkward shifting when going up steep hills, I realized that the front shifter and ...
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Campagnolo Athena 9 speed compatibility?

I own some NOS shifters, Campy Athena 9 speed, from 1998 i guess. do you guys know if I can use it with any campagnolo front/rear derailleur? how do I know what is compatible?
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Touring Drivetrain Dilemna

I own a 2015 Specialized AWOL Elite and love it except when I am fully loaded and lumbering up a pass. I'm looking for a way to get more range without completely replacing my drivetrain. This ...
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What Size Screw Holds the Up and Down Shifting Levers on Ultegra Shifter?

There's a screw on the back of my Ultegra (circa 2000) shifters that holds the down shifting (on the right side) inner lever, to the up shifting outer/longer lever. I've long struggled with it ...
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I've decided on Bar End Shifters for my Vintage tour bike rebuild. I think I've got it down to these. Any reason to choose one or other?

The contestants: Shimano SL-BS64 Ultegra Bar End Shifter Set (8-Speed) and Dia Competition Grand competition ENE bar end control. Seem fairly similar and both well loved. I'm aiming at pairing ...
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Shimano Alivio M4000 vs Altus M370 shifters

I'm planning to upgrade my shifters to Alivio M4000. My old shifters are Altus M370. My question is will this make a significant differrence on my shifting? I'm running Altus M310 FD with Alivio M4000 ...
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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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7 speed to 8 or 9 speed cassette change

this is my first time here and i am new in the bike sport. I have a mtb for a month now and i usually use it for road trips with some dirt intervals. It has a 7 speed shimano cassette (14-34) and on ...
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Problem setting up Shimano 5800 levers for the first time

This is my second attempt to setup a Shimano 5800 groupset from scratch. The problem on both bikes has been that downshifting worked to a point, but upshifting never works. The process isn't detailed ...
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Is it typical for the front and rear gear levers to be reversed?

I recently purchased my first bicycle since I was a kid. The bike I bought has individual gear levers for shifting up and down for both the front and rear gears. I thought it was odd that these levers ...
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Can't setup shifting on Shimano Nexus 7 after unscrewing wheel

I had to unscrew rear wheel to replace inner tube. I haven't fully detached it, just to the moment I was able to replace tube. After reattaching wheel I can't setup gears shifting (that's my first ...
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Shifter cable running beneath the bottom bracket without a sheath

I am trying to solve the neverending issue of my derailleur shifting on its own by replacing the shifter's cable and its sheath to see if it not sliding properly could be the cause of the issue. ...
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Can't shift front gear, despite loosening, tightening, etc. What could be wrong?

Disclaimer: I'm clueless and am piecing together what little information I know from reading this site and from watching YouTube 'intro to repair' videos. I've been gifted a used mountain bike, my ...
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What other parts might need replacing if I replace an old freewheel gear set for a modern freehub cassette?

I currently have a pre 1970s 10 speed Claud Butler. Perhaps back then men were real men but there is no climbing gear. Since I mostly do touring this is a bit of a problem. Finding a new freewheel ...
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should my left shifter be clicking more than twice

So the left shifter is for my front mech. When I twist it, it can click mor than twice. I have three chain rings at the front. Is this normal? Right now when u turn it try changing gears the mech ...
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Does anyone know who made the part that attaches the shifter to the bar?

http://imgur.com/cvWOSbS Looking to set something up like that with bullhorns, cant find the part to attach shifter to bar.
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Can you brake and operate gears at the same time with MTB Dual Control levers?

The videos I saw so far show that with the same lever you can brake or change gears. OK. But can you do it in the same time? For example you downshifting, lever is pressed down, can you start braking ...
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How to check if the gear shifter or the gear itself is broken?

I'm not a bike expert so I'm not sure if I'm using the proper terminology here. So I bought a used city bike. It's the first time I see such gear and such a bike actually. It looks almost like this ...
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How do I determine what kind of replacement shifters I need?

I need shifters for a 16 speed bicycle. When shifters are advertised as 2x8 is this referring to a bicycle with 2 sprockets in the front and 8 in the back?
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Can I use a 9-speed shifter with a 8-speed cassette?

I'm looking into replacing shifters on my MTB. Currently I have 8-speed Shimano Alivio shifters - will 9-speed Deore or SLX shifters work? I do not care if one of the shifter's position will be ...
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Shimano revoshift 7 speed use

I just got a Nishiki cross bike and it has a Shimano Revoshift 7 speed. The bike is about 3 years old or so and did not come with a manual and I am a biking novice. The shifting I understand. The ...
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Shimano XT-Alivio compatibility

I am going to buy a Shimano XT rear derailleur, but currently I am using Shimano Alivio M4000 shifter. I would like to know if these two components are compatible?
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Shimano gear cable adjuster barrel replacement

I have a hybrid-style bike with Shimano parts and I'd like to replace the gear cable "adjuster barrel" (?) on the shifter next to my front left brake, as I have mangled it by twisting it with a pair ...
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Is reverse pedaling good for smooth gear change?

I am newbie for cycling. When I change my gears, some lock sounds are coming from the chain. But if I do reverse pedaling while switching gears. No sound form chain, but gear switched to the right ...
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How to adjust cable length on integrated brake/shift levers, when there is no barrel adjuster?

I feel bad asking this question because I've been doing bicycle maintenance for over 20 years and this seems like a noob question. I was unable to find a Shimano manual to answer this question. I ...
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Will an 11-speed SRAM shifter work on an Alfine 11?

I'm building a bike, got an Alfine hub for cheap, but the shifter feels like garbage. There're lots of new 11 speed shifters out this year, like the SRAM X1, do they work with the Alfine?
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Upgrading a heavy duty bike

I have been using my bike for about 10 years for daily commuting and occasional traveling. It is a "trekking cycle" with a flat handle bars. I use it mostly for road riding, i.e. on streets and paved ...
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Gear indicator on SRAM X5 Shifter shows wrong gear

I have SRAM X5 Shifters like this one: The indicator is now showing the gear above the one I'm actually in, so if like the picture it shows a 2 I would actually be in 1 (the smallest chainring), a ...
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Can you shift both the front and back gears simultanously?

Is it advisable to shift both the front and back gear simultaneously? Can this cause any damage?
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Ultegra 9-speed brifter upshift problem - beyond WD-40?

I have a 2000 Ultegra 9-speed right/rear brifter that does not "release" the cable properly. My initial search on this problem suggested that this could often be cured by flushing with WD-40. So I'...
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What is a shimano ispec shifter?

I know what a shifter is but I could not find a definitive answer on what an ispec shifter is or how is it different from a regular shifter. For example the 2014 shimano deore groupset says it has ...