Questions about shifting between gears or the shifters themselves.

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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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Can I use Shimano trigger shifter with my X3 SRam gears?

My bike has SRam X3 gears and a grip shifter. I'd like to change for a trigger shifter. In the bike shop where I bought it, they say that I can change for a Shimano shifter (they don't have SRam). ...
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Front Derailleur Not Working

I recently bought a new bike off of BikesDirect. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/wellington2_IX.htm However, no matter what I do, I can't seem to get the front derailleur to do anything. ...
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Am I better off buying a new bike, or upgrading my old bike?

Half a year ago I started to use again my old Schwinn Woodlands MTB for commuting. I didn't want to spend a fortune on a new bike, I wasn't certain that I would like to bike commute daily. Bike has ...
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Are shifters compatible with different derailleurs?

Can I simply choose one shifter without taking into consideration the derailleur that will be used with it and vice-versa?
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Can I use 10-speed Shimano STI shifters with a 9-speed drivetrain?

I need to replace Shimano 105 STI shifters on a 9-speed road bike which was damaged in an accident, however there are few places that still stock 9-speed Shimano 105 STI shifters. Can I use the ...
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Shimano Sora shifter having trouble in the snow

So today is the first day of snow here in Norway, and I had prepared well for this day. My Giant Cyclocross has new spiked tires and i've done a check on all components, they are ready for the ...
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Will an Ultegra bar end shifter work with MTB derailleurs?

Such as Shimano acera, deore; or SRAM X5, X4 etc... I'm thinking of adding this http://cyclingabout.com/index.php/2011/12/use-barend-or-downtube-shifters-for-bike-touring/ (handlebar and whatever is ...
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9 Speed Road STI + MTB Derailleur

Apologies if this is is obvious or has been answered before. I'm looking at setting up a touring bike, using road STI levers (Shimano or equivalent, looking at Tiagra 3x9 or possibly the Microshift ...
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How do I make a MTB shifter fit on a Road dropbar?

I'm about to buy a MTB, since we don't have cyclocrosses here in my country. I'd like to have a road dropbar, but can't spend money on a road shifter like tiagra sti. I know the mtb handlebars are ...
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How can I adjust index shifter so it doesn't skip the second chainring?

I recently replaced my chain and cassette on my commuter bike. It was a first time operation for me, as I am a new to doing bike maintenance. That part seems to have gone fine. While I was at it, I ...
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What shifters are compatible with shimano 9-speed?

I haven't ridden in anger since around 2003. I have two bikes which I am trying to return to a roadworthy state. Each has a non-functioning right hand shimano shifter. Racing bike: Ultegra 6500 ...
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change derailleur and shifter in an old road bike reconverted to hybrid

I have an old road bike, that I converted to a hybrid bike, I just use it for small tourings. Some time ago I changed the handlebar, the brake levers and the tires. Recently the derailleur broke up, ...
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Disassembling Shimano integrated gear shifters (brifters)

The up-shift lever (the long one) on my gear shifter for the front derailleur got stuck and now I'm looking for a way to disassemble it. Is there a way to do it without removing it from the ...
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New shifters: is Acera SL-M360 a good buy and how much better is SL-M310?

I was going to buy the Shimano Acera SL-M360 (but now the shop only has the SL-M310 ones), so I wanted to double check if it's what I'm actually looking for. I just want them to last long and do their ...
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How to choose bar-end shifters for a given groupset?

I'm doing a few triathlons this summer, and I'm getting an aerobar for my bike. I'd like to be able to shift while in the aero position. I've currently got ordinary road bike bars. On these bars ...
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Converting downstem shifters to barcons

What considerations should be made for converting a downstem shifting system to barcons? Both the current system and the system that I would like are friction shifters. The bike is a 1986 Peugeot ...
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Can you use a 8 speed Shimano shifter with a 7 speed cassette?

Want to use a 8 speed shifter on 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, the length is just not.
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Replace Ultegra 6600 STI lever

I need to replace my Ultegra 6600 right hand shifter as the ratcheting system is gone. The rest of the groupset is all the same 6600 series. I am having a hard time sourcing just a right hand side ...
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What to buy when looking for a low maintenance city bike that allows sportive riding

I just want to replace my good old 50€ used Peugeot City Bike, that has served me well for the past year, but has some problems (like ribbed Steel Rims) that are hard to overcome. I want something ...
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Front derailleur doesn't seem to be moving

I'm trying to troubleshoot my 24 speed hybrid bike. As it was, the front shifter was having very little effect. I would change gears and not much would happen. When I had a chance to look at it, I ...
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Can I use a 9-speed shifter with with a 8-speed cassette?

I'm looking into replacing shifters on my MTB. Currently I have 8-speed Shimano Alivio shifers - 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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How do you switch grip shifters from shifting as if they were on the opposite derailleur?

I was replacing cables on grip shifters recently and when I put them back together they acted as if they were on the wrong side. By that I mean the front shifter (3 chain rings) were shifting 7 times ...
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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 ...
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Are the numbers on a shifter standardised?

My bike has several gears labelled one to six. Do these numbers relate specifically to a certain standard? In other words, would a bike set to say gear four on one bike, perform in the same way as ...
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STI shifter sometimes doesn't catch in cooler weather

I've got a road bike with brake lever shifters, and it's developed a small problem with age: sometimes, the shifter doesn't catch the first time or two I push it. It'll move easily, with no ...
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Front Friction Shifter Problem

I have friction shifters and for some reason the front one gives me a bit of trouble. It tends to return to its most untensioned state. So say I want to shift to a higher gear, it will try to drop me ...
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Where to buy bar end shifters

I would really like to pickup a pair of bar end shifters but none of my local bike shops are able to get any for me. My local bike dump laughed in my face when I asked them where I should/could find ...
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Is it possible to reverse cable direction in Shimano M770 shifter?

I tried to set up the perfect shifter + derailleur. For the last part it is better (for me) to have low-normal version, because reducing gears is essential for me (I bike mostly within city). So I ...
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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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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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combining friction shifting with indexed components

I would like to combine friction shifting and a 7 speed freewheel with current Campy Chorus derailleurs. It seems to me that the way that friction shifting works would allow this combination, since ...
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Replacing grip shift shifters on department store bike with thumb friction shifters?

I have a department store bike with a twist grip shifter (3 chain rings, friction shift and 6 sprockets, index shift - Torque Drive One derailleur) and I want to replace it. I am not able to get ...
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Why has indexed shifting displaced traditional friction shifting?

I really don't like indexed shifters, at least on the front. They're harder to adjust, more sensitive to cable stretching, and limit the number of gear combinations you can use (because you can't ...
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Replace a Sram x7 trigger lever?

I broke the lever of my shifter (SRAM X7) when I fell off my bike on a trail. I think it just fell off the unit. I can see where the lever is connected to the mechanism that pulls the cable. Can I ...
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swap Shimano Alivio gear indicator for cover plate

I want to move my brake levers and gear shifters around a bit. The problem is my gears (Shimano Alivio, bought 4 years ago) have a large gear indicator on it. This is meaning that either the brakes ...
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Bike is shifting on its own

Ever since I got my bike (Surly Long Haul Trucker), it has been prone to shifting on its own. This is almost guaranteed to happen when I stand up on the pedals, and happens regularly when sitting as ...
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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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What are the advantage of the different gear shifters

I have just buy for the first time a road bike (Boardman Team Carbon) after long years on hybrids bike and unfortunately due of a injury I didn't have much time to experience with it. The bike has a ...
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How do I efficiently shift gears on a road bike with downtube shifters?

I have bought a vintage Campagnolo road bike, so the shifters are on the down tube. I own a mountain bike and i am used to changing gears on that one, but don't know the proper technique to change on ...
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Swapping STIs for barends — what issues are likely to arise?

I'm planning to swap shifters and brake levers from one bike to another. One bike is a randonee with STI brifters, and the other is a Surly Long Haul Trucker with barends and separate brake levers. ...
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How to fix front gear taking 2 shifts just to move onto next cog

I was out on a ride yesterday and several times when I was changing up and down between big chain ring and little chain ring (I only have the 2 rings up front) it required 2 gear changes. The gears ...
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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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How do I replace road bike hoods?

I commute daily on a road bike with Shimano Tiagra STI shifter/brake levers. The rubber hoods are pretty grimy and getting sticky, torn up and unpleasant these days. Repair and replacement of pretty ...