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Gears in the drivetrain of a bike.

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Rear derailleur cage bigger than cassette necessity

I use a Shimano Ultegra 6600 rear derailleur with short cage in a 11/28 cassette. The derailleur is at the end of its useful life and would like to exchange for a cheaper one, since I intend to ...
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Electronic shifters

I have been reading alot about the electronic shifters that are out now, specifically the ones on TREK bikes. I was wondering if they are worth the price, and more importantly how do they perform.
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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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Have they ever made a bicycle with in-hub gears both at the crank and wheel?

I've got a hybrid bike with an 8 speed in-hub gear. I chose it because I didn't want to worry about the chain coming off or adjusting the derailleurs. It's been pretty bullet proof and given me no ...
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Shifters and internal gears

I have an Airnimal Joey with 8 (internal, Shimano Inter 8) rear gears. I wanted to install drops handlebars and the shifters. I got the Shimano Sora ST-3300-8 Right / Rear 8 Speed Shifter, which I ...
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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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Can I fit a cassette with a larger range with my Shimano Tiagra 10-speed ( GS-4600) derailleur?

I'm currently running a 2x10 shimano tiagra 10-speed drivetrain with a 50/34 compact crankset, a 12-30 rear cassette, and a Shimano Tiagra GS-4600 derailleur (that's medium cage aka road long cage) on ...
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Effect of Rear Derailleur Cage Length

What effect does the length of the cage on a rear derailleur have on bike setup/shifting?
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When is it time to replace the gear-cable housing?

Please keep in mind that this question is specific to mountain bikes which roll through lots of dirt and mud. I heard stories of bikes that had their cable housing last for years, but I doubt that ...
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Effects of jockey wheel sizes & types

I'm wondering about the variations in jockey wheels / derailleur pulleys and what differences they make; There's a lot of conflicting and confusing information out there, so I'm after some general ...
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Can you reverse the sprockets on a cassette to lengthen its lifespan?

I know my bike's rear cassette needs replacing, but before I do that, is it feasible to dismantle the 8 sprockets to reverse their spin? Can you increase the lifespan of a cassette by letting the cogs ...
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What cadence saves power when climbing?

I'm doing some amateur climbing with a hybrid bike up on a road and I have the following question: How am I going to save more power - having a lower gear but spinning faster in order to maintain ...
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Can I increase my highest gear ratio?

I have a modern bike (ridgeback meteor '13) and It currently has a 21 speed shimano chainset. I find that going down hills (which I do a lot) and on flats I need a higher gear. Can I do anything to ...
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Shimano Revoshift twist grip unusably tight

Shimano twist grip shifter on Apollo Neo 6 girls bike. I bought this bike 6 months ago for my 7 year old. After getting it serviced at 99 Bikes the shifter was so stiff my daughter couldn’t change ...
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Which gears combinations shouldn't be used?

Is there any general rule or recommendation to avoid usage of certain gears combinations (for 2xN and 3xN gears systems)? Do they differ for mtb and road bikes? I know that it's recommended not to ...
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Wrong bike gear

Recently I discovered that my bike's back gears are shifted two gears off constantly. So when it says I'm in 1st gear I'm actually in 3rd and when it says I'm in 2nd I'm actually in 4th. The shifter ...
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Different Gear Type when there's no Front Derailleur?

I have a 7 speed Jamis Boss Cruiser, 7 gears in back and one up front. I've been using it fine for several months now. Lately, the chain is coming off of the single front gear, usually after stopping ...
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Is it practical to replace two sprockets on a cassette?

My bike has 53/39T chainrings and a cassette with 12,13,14,15,17,19,21,23,25 sprockets, but I like to ride up steep mountain roads. Is it possible (without great expense) to replace two sprockets to ...
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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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Choosing a rear derailleur for 11-42t cassette on a SRAM 10-speed 1x system

I have an 11-42t 10 speed cassette and a 42t narrow wide chainring. I cannot work it out definitely whether a Sram long cage rear derailleur will work with it. I think that this one should work but ...
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Pros and cons of gears in bottom bracket vs. rear hub? [duplicate]

Since 6 years, I am the happy user of a bicycle with a Rohloff internal hub gear. German quality squeezing 14 gears and a 526% gear range into the rear hub. Less known is the newer and equally ...
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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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No locked off youth gearing restriction for road racing British National Series/Championships

Can anyone correctly confirm (by providing a link to the exact rule in British Cycling rulebook), if the use of locked off gears is permitted in Youth (A, B and Junior) National level series or ...
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What is the name of this type of bolt for the front crank on my bike?

I recently had to take the front gear off of my bike and had some difficulty undoing the bolts. Because of their poor condition, I have decided to replace them. However, I have no idea what they are ...
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Lower gearing for a Trek 520

I have a stock 2016 Trek 520 bike and I'm a newbie to road cycling. It has Alivio front derailleur and Deore rear derailleur with Deore triple-chainring crank. The 2016 came with 26/36/48 front ...
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Cassette teeth design

I'm new to the bicycles scene and was trying to 3D draw a bicycle. I'm currently trying to draw an 11 speed 11-30T cassette but I quickly noticed that the design of the teeth of the gears are quite ...
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Why is 2nd largest rear cog making clicking noise?

I have constant clicking noise from the 2nd largest rear cog on my cycle. It starts as soon as I shift into the 2nd gear either from 1st or 3rd gear. I have checked the following things: Cable ...
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How can I increase the highest gear ratio?

I am looking for some higher cog front gears for an old bike I am considering. I've been away from it for some time and don't know the current number of cogs on the front ring, but I am looking to ...
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Why can't the gear ratio be something like 100:1? Is it practically possible?

I am planning to develop a bicycle on my own for a competition. But the main requirement of it is that it must be able to develop a maximum speed. If I am able to cast the sprockets with gear ratio ...
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What are the round things near the main front cog?

This bike in this picture has two rollers near the front sprockets. The chain goes through the lower one and not the top one. I've no idea on their purpose vs other bikes that don't have them and ...
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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 3 ...
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Are my gears setup backwards?

I have a trike with Shimano shifters. There are 3 gears in the front and 8 gears in the back. Gears are changed by rotating wheels found on each handlebar. The gear shifters have a window telling me ...
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Type of cycle for losing weight and staying fit for a beginner [closed]

Over a year ago I was diagnosed with a collapsed arch in my left foot and despite trying many times I have not been able to get back on the treadmill. I have been thinking of getting a bicycle to ...
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The shifter for the front derailleur is “soft” in my vintage bike

So I bought a used vintage bike. I just love the bike and it's awesome. However it came with one problem: gears problems. First of all I have very little experience with bike, especially gears (...
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How can I tell if my bike has a freewheel or a cassette?

I bought a Frankenbike off Craigslist. It's a Specialized Rockhopper of unknown year, converted to a commuter, with shocks up front and V-brakes. I love this weird little bike and want to put a ...
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Adivce on what to do next with crunching / slipping gears

About two weeks ago I took my bike to the local bike shop to get serviced. It was previously slipping gears under load and at the end I couldn't use the lowest gear going up hill it would just slip ...
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How fast can my bike go?

I have an old mountain bike and want to change to a Pashley style girlie bike. I use my bike to go to the shops, pop to places and go out and about with my dog running along side. I find the seating ...
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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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Do pros ride with 1X configuration on some courses?

I'm looking at the first stage of the Tour of California, which is on a flat course (around Long Beach, USA). Since there's no real dénivelé (french, "difference in height"), there is no need for a ...
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What should I do when my rear derailleur cable guide is too narrow?

I am installing a modern groupset on an old frame. The frame has a rear derailleur cable guide like this: The problem is that the gear cable housing ferrules are too large for the braze-on, causing ...
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Which cables and housing do I need?

I am going to build my own bike. I purchased the 105 5800 groupset the other day and was examining the different components. The shifters came with some cables and cable housing. I have attached a ...
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microSHIFT on front gears, how does it work?

Firstly, I do apologise if I don't get all the terminology correctly but I hope I'm still clear. We bought a second-hand 18-speed bike that has a front gear system that I've not encountered before. ...
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What happens when a bike has not had maintenance for a long time?

I recently traded my Kent BMX bike I got from Wal-Mart: for a Ross road bike ). My friend tells me the bike sat in his back yard collecting rust, I see it has rust on the chain, the gears, brake ...
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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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Can I mix and match cogs from 2 different SRAM cassettes and still expect it to work?

My road bike currently has a 12-25 cassette on it. I really want the cog with 11 teeth instead of the cog with 12 teeth, but I don't want to upgrade to a full 11-32. If I were to install a new 12-25 ...
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Problems with front derailleur shifting on an inexpensive bike

I bought a cheapish bike (Nakamura) couple of years ago, and it generally serves me well. Main problem that I have is that shifting gears, especially front gears often gets out of tune. After only a ...
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Can I add gears on a bmx?

Just asking if it is possible. My friend added gears, but won't it damage the look or my cycle?
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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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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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Can I use Shimano's Di2 e-tube project software to do a custom lock out of additional small sprockets while in the small chainring?

Context: I'm designing a drivetrain for a touring triple-tandem that I'd like to have a very wide gear ratio. I plan to use the Shimano Di2 derailleurs (long cage RD-M9050-SGS and 3x11 FD-M9050) to ...

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