Questions about shifting between gears or the shifters themselves.

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Pedaling not connecting right away

I ride a rather usual Merida hard-tail mountain bike. Recently I've come to notice that when I start pedaling (bike already in motion), it can take up to as much as quarter of a turn for the pedals to ...
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Difference in brakes and switcher cables?

I want to change all the cables in my bike. My knowledge in bikes is limited. As i found there are cables for the brakes and cables for the shifters. My question is: are those cables all the same? ...
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The shifters and brakes are one piece

I found this old junkie bike and I want to use it. I don't have very much experience with bikes, and I noticed that that the speed shifters and the brake handles are one piece together. Is that ...
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9 speed cassette and 7 speed shifter

So I bought a new (used) wheel set for my mountain bike and it came with a 9-speed cassette. I currently have 3x7 rapid shifters, which presents an incompatibility. I'm wondering how to fix this ...
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Shift lever and boss (mount point) compatibility matrix

I've looked online, but haven't found one. Is there any sort of "matrix" available that puts shift lever boss type on one axis and shift lever on the other, and remarks on each pair's compatibility? ...
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RevoShift Friction: shifting to the largest gear takes a lot of force?

My wife's bicycle has Shimano Revoshift shifters, and while the right (rear) one works fine, the left (front, Friction) has been problematic for a while. Originally, when we bought the bicycle, the ...
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Partially disassembling Sticky Shimano STI shifter for service

There are a few questions floating around regarding sticky STI shifters and the standard procedure seems to be to flush with a load of WD-40 and relube with aerosol grease or similar. My set is ...
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Replaced faulty Shimano twist shifter but front derailleur still won't catch 3rd

I have one of the ubiquitous Wal-Mart-sourced Chinese Kent bikes, badged as a "GMC Denali." It came with the Shimano RS41 3x7 twist shifters. The front shifter got to where it would not physically ...
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Shimano Revo shifter does not shift [closed]

I have recently bought a new bicycle and the left Shimano Revo shifter (3 speed) is not shifting, what can I do?
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SRAM Rival front derailleur throws chain to the outside, even after professional adjustment

TL;DR: if you have a SRAM Rival front derailleur I'd love to know if yours looks "funny" like mine does--it's described in bold. I have a SRAM Rival groupset (from late 2011), including front ...
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How to reassemble a Shimano Alivio Shifter

I need a diagram on how to reassemble a Shimano Alivio Shifter. I just can't seem to get it right. I even disassembled the other shifter to see how it all fits together and now I can't get it ...
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How can I stop my shifters slipping when climbing?

I'm having trouble with my rear mech and/or shifters. Under heavy load (say, when climbing) the rear mech is slipping. The two photos below show my shifters before and after a climb. I've not touched ...
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Can I run 2x10 XT Shifters on a flatbar road bike with 105 10 speed STI components?

I want to run 2x10 XT shifters on a flatbar but still want use the 10 speed 105 components of the road bike would there be any problems?
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Shimano 9 speed shifters

I have bought myself a Shimano Deore M592 set without shifters. I am now in the process of getting them as well but am not sure if I can put any 3/9 speed shifter on it. Do I only need to take care ...
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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 ...
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Can I use friction shifters with a clutch style rear derailleur?

Can I use friction shifters with a clutch style rear derailleur like the 2014 Shimano Deore M615 Shadow Plus? Or does this put extra tension on the shift cable that will cause slips with a friction ...
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(Automatic Bike Project) amount of torque required to change gears?

I am planning to build an electronically controlled automatic bike transmission for my senior design project. I'm personally more of an electrical guy, so dealing with the mechanics is somewhat new to ...
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Electronic shifters

I have been reading alot about the electronic shifters that are out now, specifically the ones on TREK bikes. I was wondering if they are worth the price, and more importantly how do they perform.
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How to repair sticky Ultegra shifter

I have Ultegra 3x9 shifters and derailleurs that were installed just a couple months ago. I purchased them on eBay and although they were new, they had been sitting in inventory for a couple years so ...
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How long does a shifter, rear mech and front mech last?

I am talking about absolutely dirt cheap components which are non-branded. In terms of number of kilometres how long do they last? The bicycle is ridden on city and country roads and maintained ...
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Shifters and internal gears

I have an Airnimal Joey with 8 (internal, Shimano Inter 8) rear gears. I wanted to install drops handlebars and the shifters. I got the Shimano Sora ST-3300-8 Right / Rear 8 Speed Shifter, which I ...
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Can I run a SRAM road rear derailleur with downtube shifters?

Can I run a SRAM road (apex/rival/force/red) rear derailleur with downtube shifters? I though you might be able to mount the bar-end shifters on downtube, but it seems like they are a ratcheting ...
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Change the angle of the arc of downtube / stem shifter lever to make it an alternative thumb shifter?

I want to mount the following SunRace clamp-on shifter set horizontally as a "thumb" shifter on a straight MTB handlebar (22.2mm). I will remove the left lever and only use the right with the clamp. ...
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reliable bike shifting

I've recently had 2 bikes (Trek and Giant) of the hybrid style. The frame style was comfortable but both were difficult to change gears. When going up an incline, I would shift to a lower gear. The ...
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Compatibility for old Sram 7-speed shifter

A buddy asked me to fix his bike. The shifter is broken. It's an older bike with a Sram SRT300i-71 shifter. I found an exact match on that is fairly cheap on ebay, but I also found a similar model on ...
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Are Shimano R440 road flat bar shifters compatible with a mountain bike front derailleur?

The Shimano shifter flat bar series have the same cable pull length than the mountain bike shifters. Is this series compatible with a mountain bike front derailleur, Deore, for example?
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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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First time buying parts ( derailleur, chain, rear axel, shifters) need help!

I have a 21 speed (3 front, 7 rear) NEXT bicycle ( model number 8568-49, year 2007.12.06) sitting in my back yard at the moment a few missing parts and I was hoping to get some help on what to get and ...
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Can I convert flat bar to drop bars on a hybrid bike

I'm fairly certain that the bars should change out quite easily; I'm more concerned about the shifters and brakes. Currently I have a hybrid 18 speed with cable disc brakes and Shimano Deore XT ...
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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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Nexus shifter with Alfine hub

Is it ok to use a Nexus 8 speed grip shifter with an Alfine 8 speed hub? The Alfine shifters seem to be all trigger shifters is that correct?
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Twist shifter spacing between 6 & 7

My new cruiser bike has a twist shifter on the straight handlebar. Why is there more space on the dial between the numbers 6 & 7? The space between every other number is the same, except between ...
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Replaced Shimano Bottom Bracket, now front derailleur won't shift to largest gear

OK, so in my quest to get my old Trek 7000 ZX MTB running again after a long retirement, I am having an issue with replacing the bottom bracket. The bike came with a Shimano LP25 that is marked BC ...
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How to repair shifter housing

I have shifter with damaged housing. It shifts well, but I guess if housing is not repaied, rain and elements will quickly put an end to it. Which material would be suitable to fix this hole? Epoxy ...
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Upgrade Shimano Sora shifters to 105

I want to upgrade my 3x9 Sora shifters to 3x10 105s. However, looking at the Shimano Compatibility Chart, it appears to indicate that I'll have to replace my front and rear derailleurs in addition to ...
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Looking for components needed to route 3 cables on top of toptube for cyclocross bike

My bike is setup for cable routing under the downtube. I would like to route my rear brake, front derailleur, and rear derailleur cables along the top tube of a bike I plan to use for cyclocross to ...
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Can I use microshift bar end shifters with 9-speed deore lx rear derailleur and 10-speed cassette?

Can I use indexed 10-speed microshift bar end shifters (on retroshift levers) with 9-speed deore lx rear derailleur and 10-speed 11-36 cassette? If not, What rear derailleur would work with the ...
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modernizing shifters

I want to replace my old lever shifters (Shimano 515) with something a bit more modern. Can I do this without replacing the front and rear derailleurs. And which shifter would be a simple, and or ...
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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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Anyone know the pull ratios of Zee 10sp and XT 9sp Mechs?

I'm putting a bike together from a load of spares and I'm having difficulty getting a shifter and derailleer to play well. I think the problem is the Zee mech. Does anyone know the pitch/pull ratio in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...