Questions tagged [gears]

Gears in the drivetrain of a bike.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
4
votes
1answer
165 views

Using 9 speed Deore front shifter with 10 speed Ultegra front Deraileur

I am trying to build a bike out of all the spare parts I have in my garage. I found a 3x9 Deore front shifter, 3x10 Ultegra front d and crankset. Would they work together? By the way, I am building a ...
4
votes
3answers
3k views

Why is my bike slipping gears?

I have a 1997 Gary Fisher Tassajara that got a complete overhaul and tune-up at a bike shop a year ago. (to the tune of $180, but some of that was new tires- I'm the original owner) I ride between 4 ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

Weed-eater bike conversion - Safe rpm?

I've recently started working on retrofitting an old bike with an even older weed-eater engine. The engine will sit atop a bicycle rack and directly drive the rear wheel tire (engine has a built-in ...
4
votes
1answer
859 views

Direct Mount with top and bottom swing?

I want to buy a new frame that supports Direct Mount. Now I read that Bottom Swing is preferable for hardtails. At the same time, it was also mentioned that Bottom Swing is mounted higher onto the ...
4
votes
2answers
65 views

Can't get lowest gear and derailleur shifts on its own

I have a bike with downtube friction shifters and a 5 speed freewheel. When I bought the bike a while ago the shifters weren't connected so I did it myself. At this point it all worked fine. I took it ...
4
votes
1answer
269 views

SRAM PG-1130 cassette manual? Meaning of numbers on spacers that go between sprockets?

Took apart the individual sprockets on my SRAM PG-1130 cassette and the spacers (the ones between the cogs) were so dirty I didn't even see the numbers on them but each spacer has an 11 on it (makes ...
4
votes
1answer
245 views

Pulley for 10 Gear Derailleur for 9 Gear Chain

I am using a 10 gear XTR derailleur on a 9 gear cassette with a 9 gear chain and the tension pulley of the derailleur looks like needing replacement (despite teeth being very sharp it seems to work OK ...
4
votes
1answer
203 views

Feeling of click/slip when pedalling

This is very hard to explain, but I will try my best. I recently got a Shimano Ultegra cassette, crankset, front and back derailleurs, chain, and cables installed on my Giant TCX SLR1 2015 bike. ...
4
votes
0answers
54 views

Internal friction in new Alfine 11 S7001-11

I just bought a new rear wheel with an Alfine S7001-11 internal-gear hub. Before installing it, I realized that it apparently has heavy internal friction. When the wheel is set in motion, it comes to ...
3
votes
4answers
440 views

Does never using the easy front gear give a better workout?

I have a road bike with a 52/36 crankset. I make it a point to never use the easy gear because I think that it gives me a better workout when climbing hills. Another reason I don't use it is because ...
3
votes
3answers
330 views

Is it better fitness-wise to ride at the maximum gear?

I just wanted to know if I will be doing more effort while riding at the maximum gear all the time, rather than changing gears constantly. My commute is an hour long, but I want it to be tougher on ...
3
votes
2answers
412 views

Lost teeth on second ring?

I'm thinking of buying a second hand Shimano FC-TY30. However, looking at the photo there seems to be either worn or chipped teeth on the second ring1. Are they actually broken/chipped, or is that ...
3
votes
2answers
5k views

What's the shortest / easiest “granny gear” available?

What's the range on granny gears - the innermost, smallest front chainring?
3
votes
3answers
493 views

Resistance for different gear ratios

Why are some gear ratios more difficult to pedal than others on a bicycle. It feels as though I’m missing some very simple piece of reasoning!
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Dual shift levers, old bike and indexed gears

Long story:  I once built a road bike for my wife over 30 years ago. It has Reynolds 531 tubing / 501 forks and alloy parts, so it is quite a decent build. However, my wife has been put off ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

Does effort require to pedal depend on the gear ratio or the gear inches?

I have a 20x1.75" 6-speed folding bike with 52x14-28t drivetrain. Even with the gearing at 52x14, ~3.71 ratio, I can still pedal uphill. I also have a 700x25C fixed gear with 49x17t gearing or ~2.88 ...
3
votes
7answers
19k views

Gears slipping after a chain change

I have a Lappierre Zesty 314 (2012). I'm running XT rear mech, an SLX front mech, my crank is XT, rear cassette is XT and XT chain. I went to the Forest of Dean and after the day was over I snapped ...
3
votes
6answers
767 views

52/15 fixed gear ratio - what should I change to?

I have a 52/15 gear ratio and I find it sort of difficult to pedal. I'm wondering what I'd need to switch the chainring/cog sizes to that would allow for me to not remove any chain links. I'm ...
3
votes
3answers
11k views

SRAM X01 Eagle (12speed) in 11speed transmission: it work?

Well, I intend to use an SRAM X01 Eagle (12speed) rear derailleur in a 1x11 transmission (with a SRAM X01 "non-Eagle" 11speed trigger, cassette SunRace 11s 11-46, SRAM PC XX1 chain). Will it work ...
3
votes
4answers
2k views

2,600km on an 8 speed bike?

I am about to go off on a 2,600km tour from Austia through Italy, finish in Malta. I originally planned to do this solo trip on my Giant Trance x2 full suspension but decided not to since it is too ...
3
votes
2answers
886 views

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 (...
3
votes
3answers
5k views

Rear index shifting not staying in middle gears

I have replaced a chain (SRAM PC 830) and 7 speed freewheel (Shimano MF-HG37) on the back of my daily commuter bike about 300 miles/ 3 weeks ago with the same models. The old parts lasted me 4000 ...
3
votes
1answer
207 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
109 views

RB not ridden in 4 years unable to shift gear

After a bit of advice. I recently dusted down my Carrera after a 4 year stint in the shed. Knowing that it had a few issues I dropped it in to my local Halfords store. It required a few things mending ...
3
votes
4answers
850 views

How to get a lower gearing

My trusty old CF racer was stolen the other day, and I'm looking for a replacement. I saw this bike at PlanetX and was intrigued. It's a full carbon bike with (last years) Ultegra components for a ...
3
votes
2answers
5k views

What is a better gearing combination for downhill?

One of the tracks I've been riding recently is testing both my skill level and my bike. The track is a combination steepness and roughness that makes it significantly different to what I've previously ...
3
votes
3answers
2k views

Can a 21 speed Shimano Tourney groupset get converted into a 7-speed?

I currently ride a 3x7 Tourney bike, which I’ve upgraded moderately and it is riding nice. I’d like to know if I can somehow replace my 3-crankset for a simple one, and also get rid off the front ...
3
votes
2answers
3k views

Chain coming off with internal hub gear bike - why?

I have a Raleigh Caprice bike, about 7 years old, with sturmey archer 3 speed hub gears. There have been some problems with the hub gears in the past 9 months, which have been fixed by a mechanic. ...
3
votes
2answers
360 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
170 views

Replace gear shifter with one with gear number display

My current back gear has a shifter without a gear number display, with only the + and - signs on the ends. I was thinking to replace it with a numbered one. Would using a numbered one cause any ...
3
votes
3answers
1k views

How to compare an IGH (Shimano Alfine 11) with a 10 speed cassette and 3x chainwheel?

I'm try to compare the gear ratio of a IGH (Shimano Alfine 11) with a 10 speed cassette + 3 chainring setup. I read Sheldon Brown's gain ratio definition. I went to Sheldon Brown's gear ...
3
votes
2answers
873 views

What is the advantage of a “compact crankset” vs changing a chainring?

It seems that I'm old (my last good bike had a 5-speed freewheel and shifters mounted on down tube braze-ons - they were indexed, though!), and I've been out of cycling for quite some time. I've seen ...
3
votes
1answer
10k views

Why is 53/39 known as “standard” for road bikes?

In common cycling parlance, 53/39 is referred to as "standard" gearing for road cranksets, and most mechanics or experienced cyclists will understand that if you say you have a "standard crankset", ...
3
votes
2answers
5k views

Adding front derailleur vs upgrading the rear one on a (ladies) bicycle

What I want to achieve is going from having some gears to having more gears. To be more specific I would like to get more gear ratio range in both low and high end. First of all I tried to look for ...
3
votes
2answers
326 views

Dual gear cable setup for aerobars and handelbars

Is there a solution to set up gear shifters at the end bar of the aerobars and on the handlebars simultaniously? It is just annoying when I am down in triathlon position and have to change the grip ...
3
votes
1answer
126 views

How can I get a snapped gear cable out of my Shimano brifter?

Shimano's brifters that route the cables under the bar tape make the gear cable turn through a tight corner to get into that routing. This seems to weaken the cables and, if they're not replaced in ...
3
votes
2answers
296 views

Best Way to Upgrade My Bike

About three months ago I bought a second hand bike for £70; to be honest it is reasonably good. Current setup for gears is a 2 x 18 (38-48 front, 13-28 rear). As far as I can tell it's not a branded ...
3
votes
2answers
4k views

Best option to upgrade 7-speed bike to higher gears

I have recently bought Giant Escape 3 hybrid bike that came with: Shimano FC-TY501 28/38/48 chainset 8/7/6-speed compatible Shimano Tourney RD-TY500 7/6-speed rear derailleur Shimano MF-TZ31 14-34T &...
3
votes
4answers
1k views

Gears shift perfectly when suspended on rack, but not on the ground?

So I had recently solved some issues I was having thanks to the community. I re-tuned my bike on a suspended mount and everytning looks great. On the ground, all of the gears work smoothly except for ...
3
votes
3answers
840 views

Can I put a lower geared cassette on my bike?

I bought a bike recently that has a 34 front 28 rear gear ratio. It is an Elfama E2500, which is a Korean brand I believe. It has a Shimano Claris (which is rated for up to 32 teeth) rear derailleur ...
3
votes
1answer
228 views

How to change front gearing

So I have a bicycle that has a single front gear, but many back gears with a derailleur. I am wondering if I change the size of the front gear (like significantly), meaning if I get a bigger front ...
3
votes
2answers
6k views

cable tension for Shimano 105 Front derailleur is very tight

I just got a merida scultura 400 and on the biggest chainring there's rubbing on the outside of the front derailleur cage. the only way that I can lower this is by tightening the cable by ALOT. is ...
3
votes
2answers
120 views

Chain wedging itself between cassette and gaurd

Ok, so, basically, the rear cassette on my bike is giving me a lot of problems, and I'm not exactly a professional cyclist who would know where to begin so I thought I'd ask here; The problem seems ...
3
votes
2answers
21k views

Can't shift front gear, despite loosening, tightening, etc. What could be wrong?

Disclaimer: I'm clueless and am piecing together what little information I know from reading this site and from watching YouTube 'intro to repair' videos. I've been gifted a used mountain bike, my ...
3
votes
1answer
682 views

sram cx1 without the sram cx1 crankset?

I'm thinking of upgrading to sram cx-1 and discs for next season but would like to keep the current crank set based power meter I have. Can anyone think of a reason why I could not use the current ...
3
votes
2answers
994 views

How do you make an end-capped gear cable?

I want to make my own gear cable of non-standard length. I have a cable with one end capped like the larger end-cap shown in the first picture; the other end is currently bare — I have trimmed the ...
3
votes
3answers
16k views

Slippage Under Load [New Bike]

I got a new bike a three or four weeks ago and have noticed the issue arise this last week or two. When I'm going up a hill (or any heavy load), my gears will slip. I don't think it's moving gears,...
3
votes
2answers
24k views

How do the adjustment barrels on a gear cable work?

I have a Shimano Sora derailleur on the bike I just bought with a triple chainring in the front. Right up by the shifters there is a sort of barrel adjuster on the cable. It doesn't seem to do ...
3
votes
2answers
4k views

Rear wheel not centred, presses against one of the brake pads (Rohloff hub, Magura rim brakes)

Upon replacing my rear brake pads, I noticed that my rear wheel is not properly centered. The consequence is that the wheel is pressed against one of the brake pads, as can be seen in the pictures ...
3
votes
3answers
263 views

Going from 7 Speed Cassette to 8 Speed Cassette

here is the situation – I have a quasi-vintage 7-speed bike that still has the original front and rear derailleur (Deore DX) in very good condition. I have recently took a wheel building class which, ...

1 2 3
4
5
12