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Gears in the drivetrain of a bike.

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Comparing gear ratios on different bike types

How can I compare gear ratios on different wheel sizes? How can I compare gear ratios on MTB with tracking bikes with bigger wheels? How can I compare gear ratios with gear hubs?
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Mixing 9-speed Tiagra and 9-speed Deore XT

I currently have a road bike with the following setup for the gears: 9-speed Tiagra front and rear derailleurs, Sora shifters, all from 2009: 30/39/52 Crankset 11-25 Cassette. I need some more low ...
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What tricks do you use to avoid damaging cables when adjusting the gears?

I was trying to adjust gears, and being my first time, I ended up damaging the cable. I mean that I "smashed" it, the threads became apart, and it was dangerous to deal with it. I replaced the cable, ...
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Switching to Lower Gears for Climbing

Right now, I've got a SRAM 11/26 cassette. I just moved to San Francisco, and some of the climbs out here (e.g., Mt. Tamalpais) are pretty brutal with over an hour of climbing. My cadence over some of ...
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I find that I'm always in my highest gear. What options to I have to re-distribute the ratios to a more useful range

I have three gears in the front and 8 in the back, but I always use the highest gear (I live in a flat place) I might drop down one or two gears occationally but this is only a small fraction of the ...
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How to fix front gear taking 2 shifts just to move onto next cog

I was out on a ride yesterday and several times when I was changing up and down between big chain ring and little chain ring (I only have the 2 rings up front) it required 2 gear changes. The gears ...
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Unable to change from 14th to 7th

I've got a bike that I have had for about 8 weeks and it has already been back to be serviced twice. It's just returned from the second service and I've noticed that it is not shifting from 14th to ...
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Problems with gears after re-attaching front chainring

I had to remove the pedal crank arm together with the front chain set when fixing a bottom bracket problem, but now that I've re-attached it, gear changes in my front derailleur are completely off. ...
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Make a 3-gear bike go easy on uphill

I want to see how can I make this 3-gear bike go easier on uphill. It has an internal gear hub. I don't know much about bikes but I'm thinking if I can merely replace the hub for one with 14 gears (...
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Should I have a spare cassette or a spare wheel?

I have a road bike that I use for triathlons as well as club rides in the evenings and on weekends. I don't have the bike in front of me, but the range of the cassette is on the low side. I'm more ...
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Will a 9 speed front derailleur work properly with a 10 speed sprocket?

I am pretty near done my current bike build project, just missing a front derailleur. I can't think of why front derailleurs would need to be compatible with different numbers of speeds, given that ...
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Why does my bike stick in low gears?

When I change into a low gear (i.e. onto a bigger cog) on my back cog all is fine. However, when I later change up again the chain sticks on the larger cog. I commute about 10 miles a day and this has ...
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Efficient gear shifting

I've recent purchased a road bike bit of a classic with the downtube shifters, lugged steel frame etc etc. Before I mainly road my fixie, thou I do have another geared bike, but it left a bit to ...
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SRAM force rear shifts go in the wrong direction when on largest cassette

I got a new bike about 6 months ago with SRAM Force on it. It's my first time riding SRAM and I love it except for one thing: If I'm climbing and my RD is shifted all the way up ( to 28-tooth ) and ...
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What difference does the range of gear size matter?

I get the idea of ratios and the obvious that a smaller gear on the front and a larger one on the back will give you an easier end result but what difference does the range of a chainset or groupset ...
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Converting downstem shifters to barcons

What considerations should be made for converting a downstem shifting system to barcons? Both the current system and the system that I would like are friction shifters. The bike is a 1986 Peugeot ...
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What does double and triple gear shifters mean?

I am looking at these components and am wondering what does double and triple gear shifting mean? Shimano R221 Double Gear Shifters 8 Speed http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=...
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Maintenance/Upgrades for Gary Fisher Joshua MTB

Let me start from the beginning: About three years ago, I broke my leg after buying a Gary Fisher Joshua MTB, when I was just getting into road and cross-country riding. I've only started riding ...
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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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Bicycle is Having a hard time Shifting — especially gears 13 and 14

21 speed commuter bike. Raleigh 2011 brand. After my gear shifter cable was broken, I took it into the shop to get it fixed. (4 days ago). Ever since, when shifting, it takes forever to actually ...
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Bike not changing correctly between two gears

I have only recently started riding to work and I've been given a bike by a friend which is in reasonably good shape. For the way things are working out I keep the front gear in the same position and ...
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Is my front derailleur angled straight?

I am attempting to adjust my front gears and have also been following a video to adjust the high/low position of my front derailleur. The issue I am having is that the low adjustment is no where near ...
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Speed and the sizes of tires/gears

Does the speed of a normal mountain bike vary according to the diameter of the wheels? If it does, will a larger diameter increase the speed or decrease it? Similarly, if the speed varies according ...
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Are the numbers on a shifter standardised?

My bike has several gears labelled one to six. Do these numbers relate specifically to a certain standard? In other words, would a bike set to say gear four on one bike, perform in the same way as ...
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Replaced tyre and tube, now the rear gears will not stop

Just put on a tyre and innertube, fits perfectly, but now when I stop pedalling the gears at the back keep moving so the chain just sags down so much that it hits the wheel etc. Any ideas on how to ...
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Are faceplates for different shimano brifters compatible?

I got a used brifter and the faceplate fell off. I am pretty sure it was a 105. It works well enough but it looks shitty. Does anyone know if I can just order whichever shimano brifter faceplate, and ...
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Shimano Revoshift repair

My bike has a grip shift (Shimano revoshift) which isn't shifting through all 8 gears. Even with the gear cable removed (it recently broke) it will only shift through half of the gear numbers and ...
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Has bicycle gearing become 'easier' over the last few decades?

If you look at a 10-12 speed bicycle from the days before indexed gears you have a 27"/700c wheel with a 42/52 chainset and a 14-28 freewheel. At the time such a setup was standard for High Street ...
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What's the deal with the axle of my wheels? (or, why is one gear so much smaller than the other?)

I want to put a smaller set of gears on my bike, but looking at the wheel I see that I already have the smallest gear for my axle. Comparing it to another wheel, I found that the other wheel has a ...
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Switching from 3x9 Gears to Cheaper Ones?

Alert I am unsure of the right terminology for gear-wheel but I mean the round things near pedals such as 3x9 or typically with 3x7 (3 front, 7 back) mix in commuting bikes. My current gears are 3x9 (...
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What are the advantage of the different gear shifters

I have just buy for the first time a road bike (Boardman Team Carbon) after long years on hybrids bike and unfortunately due of a injury I didn't have much time to experience with it. The bike has a ...
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What's the shortest / easiest “granny gear” available?

What's the range on granny gears - the innermost, smallest front chainring?
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Do you need to lubricate gears after cleaning gears and chain?

I just cleaned my gears and chain with a biodegradable degreaser. I'm going to lubricate my chain. Do I also need to lubricate the gears or do I just pedal and make sure that I hit all gears? Will the ...
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How many effective gears do I have on a 21 speed bike?

I have a 21 speed bike (a hybrid commuting bike). But AFAIK, this does not mean that I have 21 different gear ratios. Is there any way to calculate the different gear ratios?
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Should I clean the grease off the gears?

I usually keep my chain well lubricated. However, my gears are usually greasy. Should I be cleaning the gears or are they supposed to be greasy?