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The crankset is the combination of components that convert motion from the rider's leg movements into rotational motion to drive the chain and propel the bike. The crankset includes one or more chainrings (sprockets) and the two cranks, or arms, to which the pedals are attached.

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Creaking from cranks/spindle. How to fix?

Recently the cranks on my bike started to creak. I checked with my usual "bike-bible" Park Tool. They recommended dis-assemble, lubricate, re-assemble. So I did that. Remove cranks. Remove spindle. ...
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What types of BB-axle to crankarms interfaces are there?

On the lowest end, we have the taper/square interface. I believe it is standard i.e. there are no variations in the sizes. image property of VP Components USA Then there is the octalink. Actually ...
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Triple vs Double chainring?

I'm bike shopping for my first road bike, and I've asked for a lot of advice from my father who was a serious cyclist once upon a time. After showing him one prospective bike, he dismissed it with a ...
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Selecting the right crank length

What is the best way to determine the correct crank length for my height and more specifically my leg length?
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How to fix a stripped pedal crank

The threads on my bike's pedal crank just became fully stripped and the pedal fell off, though the pedal itself is fine. Is there any way I can fix this without fully replacing the pedal crank?
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How to remove a crank arm with stripped threads?

A friend called me up yesterday after a mis-adventure during his attempt at a bottom bracket overhaul. He stripped out the threads on the (left) crank arm while using a Park crank puller. In a pinch, ...
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What is the effect of changing length of crank arms?

There are some length options for the crank arms - like 170mm, 175mm. What is the difference for the rider? In which way does it effect the commute? Tried looking at Selecting the right crank ...
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Differences between Biopace and Rotor cranks

On mountain bikes of a certain age, "Biopace" chainrings are ubiquitous. These chainrings are (purposely) not circular. It seems that most people today agree that Biopace rings didn't live up to the ...
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Why such a tiny difference in crankarm length?

Why are there only 170 and 175mm lengths for the crank arms of MTBs? I would have guessed that touring bikes would benefit from far longer crank arms than those, suitable for mountain riding.
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When pedaling forward my bike suddenly disingages and goes limp

My Ridgeback Velocity bicycle suddenly disengages and goes limp and loose when pedalling forward, similar as if I'm pedalling backwards.
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Handling Stability Parameters [closed]

I'm building my first bike: probably steel (easy to work with). 2X26" road tires. Full suspension. Will be used on sandy dirt roads, and paved streets with moderate incline. Want hands free option, ...
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Clicking sound coming from pedals/pedal spindle/crank

I recently bought a Trek 4300 series MTB, but after only several weeks of use, I'm getting a clicking sound coming from both sides of the pedals. It seems particularly pronounced when more torque is ...
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Noticeable clicking from crankset or bottom bracket

A few days ago I began hearing a clicking noise coming from the crankset and I can also sense a slight hitch when the right crank is at its upmost position just when it's about to go down. The ...
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Why does my bike make a noise when I pedal hard?

When I pedal forcing a little with my right leg, the bike makes a noise that I don't know how to describe. I'll try to do it. It's like: a short "ting" a tiny bell if a small rock hits the down tube ...
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Why does a loose pedal destroy the crank threads?

Can someone cite with sources the process by which a loose pedal pretty quickly destroys the crank arm threads necessitating a helicoil repair? I'm interested in how the thread on the crankarm gets ...
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Do Pros use compact cranksets?

Do pro riders use compact cranksets for hilly races? I'm trying to determine if switching to a compact double will mean I don't have the top end speed to be competitive in higher levels of racing (I'm ...
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diference between 170mm 172mm 175mm crank arm length on road bike [duplicate]

What is best for which use, advantage, or application, especially for climbing.
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Is the 9-speed Sora crankset compatible with 105 11-speed chain?

I'm thinking of upgrading my bike, which has a Sora 9-speed system on it (50/34 chainset). The upgrade is for esthetic reasons - i simply like the look of the internal cable routing. That being said, ...
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Are Z-shaped cranks a good idea?

I've stumbled across this kickstarter project, which promotes an original shape for cranks: They claim a wider arc of useful push during rotation. While their main point is rendered moot by clipping ...
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What should a big guy look for when buying a road bike?

I'm 6ft 4" (1.8m) and 22st (139kg). I do a fair bit of cycling, mainly spinning and mountain biking. I would like to get into road riding so I'm looking to buy a road bike. I want to spend between £...
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Cruiser bottom bracket is clicking and grinding

My Trek Pure Deluxe 3-speed cruiser has been making a clicking noise when riding for some time. The problem is faint, and is more felt than heard. However, it's been getting worse; it now makes a ...
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Replacing Crankset. Do I need to replace chain? Then do I need to replace cassette?

Over the past year, my road bike's crankset has gotten pretty bent up and out of wack. Not due to abuse, just wear and tear I guess. It's pretty bent and has a nice wobble that I can see as I look ...
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Fixed Gear crank arm slips

The crank arm on my fixed gear "slips" when I put large pressure on the pedals like when I take that first pedal to get the bike moving or pulling up hard on my toe straps to slow down. The slip is ...
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crankset compatability

I am wondering if I would be able to run the 105 5800 crankset with my 9 speed ultegra 5600 shifters/rd? I don't have the funds to do the whole groupset at once, and I believe upgrading to 11 speed ...
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What do you call the crankset system type on the Sram Apex?

I see these everywhere, but no one can come up with a consistent name for them from company to company. GXP is the closest I can come to a name for the bottom bracket. http://www.sram.com/sram/road/...
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What parts needed with new chainring?

I've read that the chainring is that spikey gear wheel at the bike's pedals that the chain egages with. The teeth on that chainring are so worn on my bike that the chain jumps off depite adjusting ...
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Can an IGH have the same maximum overdrive-ratio as a crank-sproket setup?

Is there an IGH that gives one the maximum overdrive-ratio that one might get with a 39-53T crankset and a 11-34T freewheel? If not, what is the mechanical roadblock in making one ?
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How to tighten the Hollowtech II (on R2000 Claris) cranks?

The owner's manual on my new bike (with the new Shimano Claris, not the old one with Octalink) asks me to do this: After the first 20 km tighten the crankset and also tighten the pedals in the ...
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How can one remove this chainring?

I have a crank and chainring setup pictured below, running as a 1x with a chain guard where the outer ring would be. I am trying to remove the chainring from the crank and am having trouble. The ...
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Crank threads stripped - both pedals fell off

Something really strange happened to me - 2 years ago I bought a bike (Carrera Gryphon Hybrid from Halfords). I had just about 100 miles on that bike the month I bought it and than I locked it to a ...
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Will 10 speed cranks work with an 8 speed freewheel?

I'm looking at building a road-bike, and I've just purchased some wheels with campagnolo hubs, with an 8 speed freewheel on the back. Can I use Campagnolo Daytona / Veloce cranks on the front? I ...
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What bottom brackets are compatible with Miche Evo Max cranksets (self-extracting type)?

I'm in need of a Miche Evo Max bottom bracket and they are not readily available where I am. The hub resembles Hollowtech but it has an internal aluminum spacer to limit bearing side load, as the left ...
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Strange long squeal sound when I pedal hard - how to track this down?

It's kinda hard to describe but there's a sound coming from somewhere on the bike when I pedal hard - I can't figure out where it's coming from. It's sort of like a high pitched pig squeal. It started ...
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How to remove and find a compatible chainring for my FSA Comet 1x10

I currently have a 30 tooth chainring on my Devinci Kobain. The gearing is a little too tough for my current fitness level. I am considering putting a smaller chainring on it (as per this question). ...