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Need to re adjust the rear brakes when changing back wheel normal?

Whenever I remove the back tire and put it back on due to flats, I often need to readjust the rear caliper brakes because the wheel is not in the exact same position in terms of centering as before I ...
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Aligning wheels for heavy duty bike trailer

I'm planning to build a bike trailer capable of carrying about 120kg. My initial thought was to use decent quality double-walled 20" BMX front wheels with the axles supported on both sides. I'd ...
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Carbon fiber frame and dropout alignment

I have tried searching for these and failed to find answers. Is there any tool available for facing a rear dropout to make the two parallel? The dropout alignment tools show that they are not aligned....
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Facing flat mount fork

Front brake on one of my bikes has always been near impossible to adjust. Since it is my first bike with flatmount calipers I thought that this is just specific to flat mount brakes. However recently ...
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How can I measure whether pedals and bottom bracket are properly aligned to each other and parallel?

I get a weird sensation on the left pedal when I'm riding one of my bikes, as if the pedal was not perpendicular to the crank arm. It feels like the pedal is moving under my foot, although there is no ...
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How to position rear wheel in frame?

With my bike, in the front I just push the axle all the way onto the front fork, then tighten it, perfectly centered and straight. With my rear wheel, it seems to be more complicated: there is some ...
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Can a crankset have its chainrings' alignment notch not aligned by design?

I disassembled a Shimano FC-M442 crankset and reassembled it using its exploded view. Usually, chainrings have a special notch indicating their orientation that should align with each other as well as ...
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Tire rubbing on frame

I have an old Sutter bicycle. I recently hit a curb which knocked my rear wheel out of alignment. When set all the way into the dropouts, the wheel touches the frame. I can fix this by putting the ...
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Misaligned frame — how much is too much?

I have an aluminium frame (Scott Speedster). There's a fairly substantial difference in the amount of space between chain stay and tyre on the left and right side. This happens regardless of how true ...
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Misaligned Carbon Rails on Brooks C13 Saddle not aligning to Seat Post Clamp

I have a [VNT Elements Seat Post] (https://shop.vannicholas.com/en/products/vnt-elements-accessories/VNT-Seatpost-Alloy-16-7mm-Setback/11326). This saddle has two bolts at the back and clamps onto the ...
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Replaced fat tire fork and bike wont stay straight

I got an fat tire ebike. My non shock front fork bent on it so i replaced it with a fork that had shocks on it. Installed it all good and even ordered a new top cap (fork needed the top cap installed ...
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Aligning a Shimano direct mount derailleur

I was suffering bad shifting and skips and my derailleur appeared to be bent slightly inwards, so I thought I’d check it with a Park DAG 2.2 I already owned (for a previous bike). Instead of the ...
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GRX800 position

I got a bike from chainreaction with GRX groupset on it. The rear derailleur is not aligned with the cassette. I think the hanger got bent during delivery, but the guy at the local shop says it's fine....
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Wheel not straight in dropouts - can this cause brake rub?

My front wheel is not straight in the fork dropouts. It's been like this since I've bought the bike second hand a few years ago. See pictures below. I've tried installing an identically sized wheel ...
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With a cartridge BB if the shell threads are aligned on the same axis can the cartridge be unthreaded drive side with NDS cup in place?

If the BB shell's drive-side and NDS threads are aligned on the same axis, can the cartridge be backed out of the drive side while the NDS cup is still in place in the shell? Edit: When I tried to do ...
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Does tightening a QR skewer in different ways affect wheel alignment?

Logic tells me no, but if I refit my disc brake wheel and the disc is rubbing slightly on the caliper, if I undo the QR lever, tighten the nut on the other side clockwise and loosen the QR the same ...
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Brake pad too low on rotor?

I just bought a new Clarks CFR-06 rotor to try to improve my crappy Tektro Auriga, but it seems that I made another bad choice. After just a couple of minutes of trials, I noticed that the pads are ...
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How should I reinstall parts on my axle when I forgot what order they were in?

I got carried away while disassembling/removing the freewheel, hub, cones, washers, and nuts on my rear wheel's axle, and now I'm not quite sure how it all goes back together. I was a fool and didn't ...
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Rear wheel losing alignment

I've got an issue where my rear wheel is coming out of alignment. I can get it aligned just fine when seating it on the floor. When I close the skewer, everything looks good. I can bounce the bike up ...
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Which bolt to use when aligning disc brakes?

I am struggling with a rubbing disc rotor on a new bicycle. Which bolts should I use when trying to align the caliper? The ones I marked in red, or the blue ones? I tried to use the red ones so far, ...
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Unable to adjust alignment of handlebars

I have a Dutch build Gazelle Superior Special that is a rather old bicycle. I have noticed that the handlebars are no longer fully aligned with the front wheel. I have decided to remove the threaded ...
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Align Alfine 11 when the bolt does not go far enough?

I recently got a new bike (Cube Travel SLT, with belt and Alfine 11). The hub is not aligned. Looking at the manual, for instance at http://www.koga-signature.com/docs/Maintenance-Manual.pdf (bottom ...
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Why do freehub and cassette have only one position that matches?

When I'm installing cassette on my freehub, I need to make sure that the spaces align correctly. That is, there are 9 splines on the freehub and 9 corresponding splines on the cassette. My first ...
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Discs rubbing no matter what I do

So a couple of days ago I regreased my back wheel hub bearings, put it back together so there's no play, golden. But when I put it back in the bike one side is constantly rubbing. Tried loosening ...
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Are my frame and fork straight?

I have been riding bikes and motorcycles since I can remember. Doing no hands is no problem, my question is with this particular generic bike frame that I built: I cannot do no-hands riding. Is the ...
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Rim brakes out of alignment and are unfixable

I have a persisting issue where the caliper rim brakes which contact the metal part of the rim are too high and instead rub against the tyre on my front wheel. Previously, this issue persisted when I ...
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Derailleur hanger built-in/cast with frame — options if misaligned?

As per the photos below showing visible misalignment of the rear derailleur hanger: and secondly its construction (where it is built-in with the dropout and frame): Please could you help me and ...
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Wheel keeps going out of alignment and loosening the chain

I have an electric bike with internal hub gears on the rear wheel, so no derailleur. This means that for the chain to stay tight, the wheel axle needs to be dragged back into its seating before it is ...
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Rear wheel not straight because of worn out dropout?

I noticed that my rear wheel wasn't straight and even after realignment it wouldn't stay straight. After some investigation I noticed that my rear dropout appears to be worn out: Is this the problem? ...
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Regaining frame aligment

I bought a belt driven bike which had had the rear triangle of the frame moderately bent (i.e. bent but no tubes collapsed or cracked) – it was a gamble as to whether it’s fixable…. It has a Nuvinci ...
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Derailleur out of alignment after cable snapped

The front derailleur cable snapped on a friend's bike, she shifted it with her hand to a rideable position, and rode for a few weeks. She asked me for help replacing the cable, though when I replaced ...
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Front wheel shifting left on braking with new front shock and fender install

I have a specialized turbo electric bike and just had the shop put in a rock shox paragon front suspension. They didn't have the rotor size adapter for the disc brakes so they swapped my 180mm rotor ...
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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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How to properly align the rear wheel to the bike (granny bike, single speed)

I have an old bike in which the rear axle is like you can see in the pictures below. It has pedal-brake. I've been struggling with the wheel alignment with respect to the bike. Each time I put it in, ...
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Camber angle on a two-wheel trailer?

I am not aware of any two-wheeled trailer with (intentional) camber. Are there any? If not, why don't two-wheeled trailers use a little bit of negative camber? I think it would reduce the stress on ...
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How do you know if your wheel is correctly centered?

I am from India and I have a one month old commuter bicycle. I have once tried adjusting front wheel using the quick release, but I haven't removed the tire. How do I know if the wheel is correctly ...
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Will removing extra chainring mess with chain alignment? [closed]

I have a folding bike with 1x6 speed. I plan on making it a 1x9. I saw this crank set and cassette, 3x9 speed, for a fairly cheap amount and was thinking of getting them and installing on my bike. If ...
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Bent rear derailleur (RD-5701)?

I was cleaning the chain on my CX bike today, and while cleaning the rear derailleur I noticed the following: When moving the cage from one extreme to another, the cage body will rub against the ...
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I messed up my bike

My bike is messed up. It is the type of bike where you can not pedal backwards, like the old bikes that would brake when you pedal backwards not forwards.. However, it has 3 gears. I was riding it and ...
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Wheel alignment

I removed the front tire on my bike for the first time this past week. After I put the tire back on and went for a ride, it appears the bike does not turn as crisply/smoothly as before. I didn't have ...
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10 speed cassette/derailleur, but only getting 8 clicks?

I've got a 2013 Giant Escape 0 Hybrid with a stock 10speed Shimano Deore rear derailleur. My wife was riding the bike the other day, and somehow managed to shift in such a way that it popped the ...
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How to align rear v brakes

i have a bike that has v brakes on the rear wheel. Everytime i try to align the brakes after i ride and use a few times the rear brakes, one of the pads is rubbing on the rim. Please help as i have ...
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Unbending Derailleur hanger

Reading this article at park tool, it looks to be lacking some information, and here are my questions (some of them maybe pretty silly): Why the bike should be "with the wheels level as the bike ...
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