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Trek Marlin 7 (2022), Gear Shifting

I have a issue with my Marlin 7 (2022). It has a Shimano Deore M5120 rear derailleur. When the bike is on the bike stand the bike shifts perfectly. When I'm riding the bike the bike shifts fine until ...
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Sturmey Archer 3-speed hub adjustment

I am going crazy here. I have a SA SRF3 mounted on a 16 inch wheel Dahon bike I bought second hand. The bike needed some love and I managed to put it to my liking. Unfortunately I reached a dead end ...
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How to adjust Shimano M315 disc brakes?

I have a Cube Nature Pro (2017) bike and the brake lever for the rear brake has too much travel and braking is less effective than usual. The pads don't look too worn as there's over 1.5mm on each, so ...
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How do I adjust a Shimano RD-M6000 properly?

I've got 2 new fat Bikes (Framed Minnesota) with Shimano RD-M6000 rear derailleurs on them. (And another with an RD-M4120.) They're all using Shimano Deore triggers from the same line. I am having a ...
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What are the counter-intuitive surprises an amateur bike mechanic encounters, after pedals and cables?

Pedals It's pretty obvious that one of the two pedals needs be tightened counterclockwise, but which one? A brief reflection on the right pedal's sense of rotation (while pedaling forward) with ...
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Does anyone know how to adjust belt tension for Cube Travel Exc?

I have just bought my Cube Travel Exc with Thun Zumba Bottom Bracket and Alfine 8 speed. I noticed that just after a few days of ride the belt has slacked and measured at under 30 Hz. I have viewed ...
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Why do I constantly have to re-index gears?

I've got a road bike with a high end 11 speed groupset that is about 3 years / 30,000 km old. Chain and cassette have both been replaced recently (i.e. 500 km ago). What I'm experiencing is a constant ...
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What risers do I need for my Profile Stryke Carbon Ironman aero bars?

I'd like to improve my comfort on the bike a bit by raising my elbows and shoulders when I use my aero bars. I have Profile Stryke Carbon bars presently. The bars themselves are clamped under my ...
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How to adjust rear derailleur indexing in a mix-and-match drivetrain in the easiest manner?

I have a touring bike where the drivetrain has been built not according to Shimano's instructions. For example, the shift lever is SL-BS64-8 Ultegra 8-speed bar end shifter that according to Shimano's ...
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Tiny amount of play on 1" threaded headset normal?

I can't seem to find the perfect balance between tightness/looseness on this Tange Levin 1" threaded headset. If I adjust it so the handlebars turn with no noticeable friction, I can feel a very ...
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Impossible to properly adjust rear derailleur indexing

I can't adjust the rear derailleur to shift properly. Sometimes it hesitates to downshift from 1st to 2nd and when it shifts to 2nd you can hear a faint clanking sound, like the chain is trying to ...
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Rear wheel not centred

I've been trying to fit a second rear wheel to a fracing frame rebuild and I've noticed it is very off-centre. You can see from the pictures that it is much closer to the non-drive side than drive ...
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Thule jogging kit twisted?

I recently bought a Thule CX2 Chariot with jogging kit. The front wheel tracks to the right. The jogging kit consists of two aluminium arms, a wheel and a quick release skewer. When I look at the arms,...
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Are Adjustable Stems With Reasonable Merit?

[Question overhauled after I realised it appeared snobbish, narrow and not in good faith, as pointed out by @gschenk . This sentiment originated due to a recent failure with a critical bolt mechanism ...
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Visible play in the front wheel that is not in the thru axle but in the hub itself? (video included)

The video shows that the play seems to be in the hub: Is it the bearings causing this? Are they worn out or not adjusted? What steps can I take to resolve this play?
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Shimano Acera hits spokes. Which screw to turn?

I have a Shimano Acera that hits the spokes in first gear (largest rear sprocket.) I found three screws on the derailleur Which one should I turn, in which direction? The bike (Specialized Sirius 2.0) ...
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Rear derailleur adjustment

I have a 7 speed Shimano derailleur. It shifts really good from 1 to 6 but when I try to shift from 6 to 7 it just doesn't want to shift. Can someone help me?
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How do I adjust V-brakes as the pads wear?

I have V-brakes and when the pads wear down, the brake needs adjustment. Adjusting by undoing and tightening the cable is difficult, is there an easier way to adjust V-brakes to compensate for pad ...
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Front derailleur twist shifter replacement - from small to big ring in one click

Replaced front OEM Grip Shift SH-F3 barrel shifter with Twist Grip M25-7 shifter on Vintage consumer-type bike w Shimano GS100 and 3 chainrings (x7 cassette). Mounting went fine, cable run is clean ...
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Adjusting brake pads

When I use the adjustment screw to adjust how far the pads are away from the rim, neither side moves the pad. Is there a fix?
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Neck pain and handlebar adjustment

I have a medium size Scott Scale 40 (2009) and my height is 1.73m. Whenever I ride this bike I feel that something about my posture is wrong, back and neck pains are killing me after 1 hour. I think ...
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Is this a helmet defect or not?

I bought a new Giro Savant helmet online and, after unboxing, noticed that the EPS foam seemed to be quite jagged and uneven at the intersection with the dial system (see photos below). This does not ...
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Why can't I adjust my Shimano Nexus 8 gear?

I have an three year old Electra Townie 8i with the Shimano Nexus Inter 8 hub gear that needs to be adjusted. I followed the guide in this clip and it was easy enough. ...
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How to adjust brake level movement on hydraulic brake?

My bicycle has Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes. I can adjust how far the level stitches out with a small screw (see here, figure c2). I was wondering if it is possible to adjust how much the ...
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How to adjust rear brakes on this bicycle?

Background Because I just cannot ask a question without a textwall of unnecessary context. This is my old bike. It's somewhere between 20 and 25 years old; the last 15 of which were spent on my ...
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Debugging an FD problem through three visuals

The front derailleur cable is as taut as I can get it. To attach the cable with as much tension, it's first necessary to understand the inside of the barrel adjuster. And the H limit screw on a ...
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Adjust a Shimano 105 9x rear derailleur

Please help me (re-)adjust my .Shimano 105 9x rear derailleur of my ancient Shimano 105 3x9 gruppo. It's a RD-5501, as my research seems to support. The prequel: After working fine for many ...
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Improving turning radius on an under-seat steering recumbent?

This under-seat steering tadpole has a pretty large turning radius. The limitation seems to be that the handlebars will bump into the seat. When this happens the actual steering linkage seems like it ...
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Rotor rubs caliper after every ride

I've noticed the rotor on my front wheel rubs on the outer caliper's brake pad after I go for a ride. I've adjusted the wheel alignment a few times just with the quick release mechanism to get the ...
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Adjusting TRP RG957 deep drop rim brakes

I've got a lovely new bike for my daily commute, a Condor Italia. I've done about 1,500 km on it and I need to adjust the brakes. I would expect to just turn this bit: But that will not turn, and it ...
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What can be done to seat post too long/saddle too high?

Recently a mountain bike --someone's hand-me-down--, came in my way. Size wise it might be slightly big for my ideal but within the range of manageable, I accessed. After trying a few times, however, ...
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Front derailleur will not sit properly on large cog without chain rub

I bought a Vilano Commuter bike ( 3x7 speed ) a while back and recently upgraded the front derailleur, crankset, brifters, pedals and rear derailleur to tourney A070 components. However, I can't seem ...
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What tool to adjust brakes

My brakes make a noise on a time interval, as the tire rotates around. I have Shimano BR-MT520 brakes. I hear you can loosen the two bolts and move it side to side to adjust. What is the name of the ...
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How to tighten v-brake pad without turning it out of position?

I find it hard to tighten the hexagonal bolt of a v-brake pad without turning the whole pad out of position. I need to hold it in place somehow; I've tried with a big adjustable wrench, but it's still ...
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How do I know what gear combinations should work without chain rasp on front derailleur?

I tried adjusting the front derailleur on a 3x10 trekking bike. After fiddling around a long time, I concluded that is probably not possible to make all cogs work with all chainrings. How do I know ...
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Raising handlebars using a stem raiser on B'twin Triban 500

I've just got a second hand B'twin Triban 500. The seat goes easily high enough, but I've not used a road bike before and the handlebars are far too low for me, even with all the spacers in place. I ...
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Are Suntour XCM30 forks adjustable with lockout?

I have a couple of issues I could do with some answers, I hope you don't mind me asking all in one go. I have a Carrera 29er that came with Suntour XCM30 Forks, the store that sold it has the ...
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Adjust deraillers after changing chain?

I just changed the chain on my Cube Acid 2X11sp mtb. I replaced the old chain with an exactly similar brand, model and length new chain (shimano). Is it NECESSARY to readjust and finetune the speed ...
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Adjust Nuvinci nfinity gears

After the latest service, my manual Nuvinci nfinity is set to higher gear than before and I want it lowered again. Surfing the web I find nothing like "turn this knob to adjust gear". The closest I ...
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What does this barrel adjuster do on the rear derailleur (SRAM Apex 1)?

On this SRAM Apex 1 derailleur, what does this barrel adjuster do? What happens if I turn it clockwise/anti-clockwise?
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Chain rattling in lowest gear despite adjustment

I have bought an 80ies (?) Vicini vintage road bike that I've mostly used on flat terrain so that I haven't used the smallest gear until recently. I found out that the chain rattles against the front ...
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Rear derailleur moves to much for each click - tried everything

Two years ago I build a bike (flat bar) with SRAM 1x11. Around a month ago the rear-derailleur broke (guide pulley broke). I bought a new rear derailleur: Shimano 105 RD-5800-GS. After installation ...
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Campagnolo Athena 11s front-derailer alignment

I am having a world of trouble trying to get my FD aligned properly and shifting properly from small to large cog and back again, especially when riding up hills. When on the flat, they change fine, ...
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Gear problems on my bike

When I change the gear from 3 to 2 the gear shifter does not properly change the gear. It will just move to gear 1 then it pops off. I put the chain back but it still had the same problem.. I don't ...
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How do I adjust my handlebars to allow me to ride hands free?

Or in other words -- how to make proper adjustment so the handlebar will be stable on flat road so I could ride with my hands off it. I don't actual ride in such position I simply want stability. ...
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Which cleats provide more adjustment freedom?

Currently I have MTB shoes and I am surprised how little freedom they provide for left-right adjustment (shift). So I wonder which cleats -- MTB vs road -- provide more adjustment freedom? Assuming ...
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How do I adjust the Marzocchi Dirt Jumper 3 (mtb fork)?

The fork has no labels on the adjusters. I don't know what's what. I checked their website for manuals, and they always mention removable top caps. But as you can see in the photo that these are not ...
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Chain not sliding into casette perfectly

I have a RD 7900 derailleur and a standard 105 28t casette. After replacing my wheelset I observed after I put my bike on the workstand that the chain is not sliding in perfectly into the casette ...
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Why does my rear derailleur's indexing work for either the high or the low gears, but not both?

I am adjusting my rear derailleur indexing. It seems impossible to find the correct tightness. When I tighten the tension with the tension barrel adjuster, I have one of two problems: either it is too ...
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Rear gears not shifting between 6 and 7

I've just replaced the rear derailleur on my kids bike. I've fitted the biked with a Shimano Altus. The issue I am seeing is the shifting between gears 6 and 7. When I move from 7 to 6 the chain ...
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