Questions about shifting between gears or the shifters themselves.

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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Road Front Derailleur / Shifter Tuning

I've recently converted into 2spd crankset so I've bought a new 2spd road lever. I'm really struggling now to tune the front derailleur. Could you please assist me by answering this questions: Why ...
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Best Gear Shifters [closed]

I am new to Bicycling. I have a question on gear shifters. Mostly the bikes are available with Revo Shifter and EF Fire Shifters. Which one of these are best and why it is?
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Is it possible/worth it to replace just shifters and derailleurs on an older MTB?

I have an aluminum frame bicycle (mountain bike, 21-speed) that I purchased some time in the late 90s, it's marked "Skykomish Eureka" (though I can't find any evidence that such a brand and model ever ...
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Are these SIS Mountain/City Bike Derailleurs compatible with drop-bar shifting?

I'm considering the conversion of my flat-bar hybrid bike (GIANT Escape 3) in to a makeshift road bike, complete with drop bars. However, if the derailleurs have to go, it may not be cost-effective to ...
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Replacing Tiagra 9-speed shifter with 9-speed 105 or Sora shifters

So my handlebars were stolen from my Salsa Casseroll the other night, levers and all. (Argh.) The bike has a Tiagra 9 speed triple drivetrain, and Shimano discontinued Tiagra 9 speed hardware, leaving ...
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Where to buy 2005 Shimano 105/Ultegra brifter hoods? [closed]

I have a 2005 Trek 1500 WSD road bike with original Shimano 105 STI brake/shifter levers. I'm looking for replacement hoods for the brifters because the originals are wearing out. I believe the ...
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Incorrect number of clicks on SRAM MRX gear shifter

I purchased a bike with a "7 gear" SRAM MRX 200-70 gear shifter. However, the SRAM gear shifter only clicks 6 time (corresponding to 6 gear changes). Is the SRAM gear shifter faulty, and in need of ...
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SRAM double tap road shifters, MTB derailleurs?

Can I run SRAM double tap road shifters with MTB (X5, X7) derailleurs and cassette/chainrings? I want to get lower bottom gears than achieved with a 50-34 chainset and 34-11 cassette
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Possible Broken Shifter

My right Shimano shifter is now loose and clicking it doesn't do anything to the rear derailleur. I've checked the derailleur and it still works fine. How can I fix the shifter? Edit: It's a road ...
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If I use an 8 speed bar end shifter with the TT bar on my Allez, will I need to change any other parts of the drive chain?

My current bicycle is a 2013 Specialized Allez C2. It has an 8 speed rear cassette. I'd like to put in a TT handlebar. It's a given that I'll have to change the brake levers, as well as the shifters ...
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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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Shimano Sora 9-speed shifters “missing a speed”

First time posting, hope I can get some suggestions on this weird issue I've noticed with my shifting. I have a fairly decent understanding of how to maintain gears myself, and have made quite a few ...
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7 to 11 cassette upgrade or new bike

I've recently purchased a 1986 Schwinn Passage. Everything works great, but I'd like to upgrade to STI shifters and the Cassette. I've found a great deal on a groupset, Shimano 105 5800 11 Speed. My ...
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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 ...
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Shimano 105 brifters - rear shift jumps multiple gears

I have a Specialize Roubaix that's about 10 years old with the Shimano 105 component set. I've started to develop a problem in the rear derailer where when I shift to a higher gear/smaller cog, the ...
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How to thread gear cables through outers and end caps?

I'm currently putting a bike together with recycled parts and want to get away with not having to purchase a new gear wire. On my first attempt to thread the RD wire I ended up fraying it, cutting off ...
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why do left shifters switch chainrings and right shifters cogs?

Can that be changed? Is it just convention? Is there any commercial bike that comes with a left-shifter that switches cogs?
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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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Are new Shimano shifters compatible with old 600 Arabesque derailleurs?

Does anyone know if I can use new gear shifters, especially integrated road bike shifters, with vintage a Shimano 600 Arabesque rear derailleur? Will the pull ratio of the shifter and derailleur ...
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Can I change my 7-speed rear derailleur to an 8-speed?

I bought a 2013 Cannondale Quick 6 Hybrid for my daily commute almost exactly a year ago, and I'm looking to give it some upgrades. It currently has a 7-speed Shimano Altus derailleur, and I was ...
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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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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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Front derailleur rubbing against chainring

I'm trying to fix up my old (1999) Trek 4500, and I've run into a snag while adjusting the front derailleur. It's a Shimano FD-CT92 (bottom bracket mounted E-type), and it's rubbing against the ...
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Replacement Brifters for a shimano 105 2x10

I have a 2009 Specialized Allez Sport C2. It came with shimano 105 components all around. the left hand (front) shifter recently broke, and will no longer hold a position. I can reach down and ...
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Shimano Acera Shifters - How to remove gear cable

I need to change the front derailleur gear cable on my bike. I've removed the cable from the derailleur itself, and now need to detach it from the shifter on the handlebars. On my previous bike, ...
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Trigger Shift equivalent to SRAM MRX 21 speed on Btwin Rockrider 5.0

I've a Btwin Rockrider 5.0 which comes with SRAM MRX Twist Shifters (21 spd 3x7). But lately they have been giving me problems in shifting, I've had bad experience with twist shifters earlier also( ...
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Chain brushes derailleur

I just got my ever first road bike, Revenio 3.0. I'm so excited. Already got my ever first road bike injury as well - those damn cleats are hard to unclip, springs on those shiny new pedals are too ...
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Are Claris(ST-2400) shifters drop-in replacements for St-2300s?

I've got 2300s on my bike. I don't much like the little thumb levers. I'd like to upgrade to Claris shifters, but I need to minimise the costs. Can I just change the shifters? They're both 8 speed ...
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Replacing a shifter

One of my plastic shifters broke and I am looking for a replacement on the internet. How do I know whether a replacement will fit my handlebar. Are all handlebars the same size?
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Which Mountain Style Shifter for Early 90's Shimano 105?

Converting early '90's Trek 1400 from traditional road bars to a flat/straight mtn bar. Converted V-brakes over to use Deore brake levers. Works well. Need to get the shifters up to the bars, ...
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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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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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Slipping shift cable barrel adjusters

Currently, I have Shimano Tiagra 4600 series brifters on my bike, and the barrel adjuster on the front derailleur cable slips when the shifter/derailleur is in the smallest chainring position, when ...
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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 ...