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Strategy for waxing (reinstaling) 12 speed chains

I'm curious about chain waxing and prolonging my drivetrain life, plus efficiencies, but have recently installed a 12 speed road groupset (Shimano). I assumed I would use reusable links to re-install ...
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Tire inflation issue when using a Presta to Shrader adapter

I believe with the top Presta valve pressure release nut it should stay in the upwards position to allow the air chuck to depress the Shrader. After installing the Presta-to-Shrader adapter to the ...
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Is this brake mounted incorrectly?

A friend of mine just got her bike back from the store after getting new brake pads, a new fork and a new cassette. After riding a few meters I noticed a weird behaviour while using the front brakes ...
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Setting the Ritchey Venturemax handlebars in gravel

Is there any instruction anywhere on how to properly align the Ritchey Venturemax handlebars? On the official website there is only the following "technical" screenshot, but there is no ...
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Shimano BB: add grease over threadlock?

The dealer manual for the Shimano BBR60 bottom bracket says to grease the threads of the cups before inserting. But I noticed that the threads have some kind of grey threadlock compound applied to ...
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How long can I leave tubular glue to dry on carbon rims?

I have some Continental Sprinter tubular tyres to glue onto some carbon rims. I have bought Continental carbon rim cement and the tyres have been stretching at 140 psi on the rims for a few days (>...
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I can't fix my tire

Alright so I got a flat tire. Got a new tube because the old one is punctured. Got the tube inside the tire but now the tire looks like it doesn't quite fit the tube. Even the old tube it doesn't ...
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Problems installing new suspension fork

My new fork is considerably smaller where the crown race sits and does not sit in the bike frame snug. If I cut and install all the way will it work? My bike is a Carrera Sulcata 1 with a Suntour XCM ...
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How to adjust fork and crown race?

When I removed the fork from my Marin Four Corners 2018 I discovered the headset is not as specified. Among other problem, the crown race is some noname piece not fitting any bearing (not the one ...
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Where can I buy a radiused washer?

I recently bought a new set of Tektro R539 Caliper Brakes. These brakes are nutted (non-recessed). Each brake came with one curved (concave, radiused) washer and one flat serrated washer. My front ...
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Should a track cog's asymmetrical lock ring be installed so the flat end faces the cog?

My bike has always had a flip-flop hub installed. I recently decided I would like to try using the fixed gear side. I purchased an All-City 17T x 1/8" Track Cog and an Origin8 Standard Track Cog ...
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Should amateurs install their own headsets?

Building a bike from scratch sounded like a fun challenge, but a frame builder firmly told me to get the headset installed professionally. Videos online make it look easy even if you don't have the ...
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Is there a compression plug designed to be an alternative to star-fangled nuts on metal steering tubes

Are there compression plugs specifically designed for metal steerer tubes, that is: their expanded diameters take into account the thinner wall of the metal steerer tubes relative to that of a carbon ...
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What bottom bracket tool is needed to install a miche evo max bb?

https://www.miche.it/en/products/strada/movimenti-centrali/evo-max.html It is 16 notch. I can't find information on this anywhere and instructions didn't come with the BB. I have tried the hollowtech ...
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How to install dual shifter/lever on handlebar when clamp is too tight

I’ve got a Shimano GRX Di2 dual shifter/lever that I want to install on a new Carbon handlebar (Carbonda CGB01) . The problem is that it fits until it reaches the curvature and then it gets stuck. I ...
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SRAM chain came with only half a powerlock

I just bought a new cassette and SRAM 9-speed PC 971 chain. On the outside of the package a power lock is pictured. However, inside the package only one half of the power lock was included. There must ...
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Install tire on wheel

I bought a new wheel (Mach1 560, https://www.santafixie.com/en/mach1-560-rear-wheel-black.html) and a new tire (Michelin, 700cx35) without any default (no veiled). The point is I have problem to put ...
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What makes WD40 work well for grip installation?

I've been using WD40 for installing grips for as long as I can remember. Don't know where I got the idea, but this just works for all MTB-style grips I tried: spray WD40 inside, which makes it easy to ...
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How do I install this Ribble endurance SLR headset?

I've installed the bearings and now I'm struggling with which order to stack things. I can't find any documentation or manual of any description. I've attached a few photos. Does anyone have any idea?
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Zip ties to hold smart-lock on frame

I've recently bought a smart lock for my bike that can be mounted directly on the frame. Problem is that my frame has no hole for screwing it on the frame. So I improvised with with 3 zip ties on each ...
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How to check and ensure parallelism of front derailer and chainrings?

Various instructions of front derailers with clamp want me to ensure that the derailer cage is parallel to the chainrings. What is the preferred way to do this? Since the derailer cage has quite a ...
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Are bike saddles always removable from the saddle post?

I want to buy a mountain bike soon and I’ve been doing a bunch or research. I noticed that some bike saddles can detach from the top of the saddle post, while others get removed with the whole post. ...
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How to mount Ohlins TTX22M to a 2018 Yeti SB 5.5

How do you mount a Ohlins TTX22M (17.87 x 2.25" - 16mm eyelet) shock to a 2018 Yeti SB 5.5? I previously removed a Fox DPX2 which had vastly different mounting hardware (it turns out). The Ohlins ...
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Bike derailleur, keeps flicking back when I pedal

I have changed the derailleur on my daughters back, bought like for like. Now fitted. When I try to pedal the derailleur, it flicks backwards and the bike won’t pedal forward, it remains stuck. ...
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Lockring spacer Shimano cassette

I recently purchased and am now installing a 9 speed Deore XT cassette sprocket (CS-M770) on a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC. It's replacing a CS-HG50-9, and is mounted on a Shimano rear hub (FH-M525)...
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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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how to install a chainguard, when the chainring doesn't have screw holes?

I'd like to install a chainguard like this: on a bicycle that's will be spend it fair amount of time commuting, but on closer inspection I see that the largest chainring doesn't have the necessary ...
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Drilling and cutting rack mounting bracket arms

I bought a rear rack so I can finally switch from backpack to pannier. My bicycle is 28" so I picked a rack that can cover 26-28" with "adjustable height screws". Upon trying to mount it, I ...
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Installing a Bottle Cage without Mounting Screws/Threads

I have a Next PX 6.0 mountain bike. It did not come with pre-installed mounting screws/threads for a bottle cage. The frame has large oval-shaped tubes, so many attachments that come with bottle ...
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How do I thread rear derailleur cable through this adjuster?

this is a Lemond Zurich from around 1999 that I'm converting to 10 speed in rear. I can't get the cable to thread past this metal part that seems to be a fine adjustment for rear derailleur. I can't ...
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Can a child seat attached post-manufacture be as good an attachment as a manufacture installation?

I live in Japan. My wife has a regular good bicycle with a basket. I have a son who is 1 year and 8 months (he is 11 kilograms and is currently carried in a baby sling). My parents who live in ...
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Bottom bracket too tight to screw in by hand

I'm trying to install a new bottom bracket (BB-UN55, BSA) into a new aluminum frame. Trying to screw them in by hand only allows me to go a few threads deep. On the non-drive side cup there is some ...
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converting a road bike (aluminum with carbon forks) handle bar

I am coming off of a 10 year break from cycling due to a horrible auto accident. I have back issues and have the following questions: Would converting or modifying my existing handlebar help? What ...
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What is this "missing security cable"?

I recently purchased a Bell Overpass 200. On the outside of the box it says, "Warning: User must secure bicycles to carrier with additional security cable, not included. See the enclosed owners manual ...
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Cartridge bottom bracket left cup is too tight?

Is it possible for the left-side of a cartridge-type bottom bracket to be too tight ? I followed the tightening torque instructions, and now the axle is not running as freely as when the cup is less ...
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Proper tubular tire installation

I'm trying to install a new tubular tire once again. The problem is every time I do this I always get it wrong because I always have this area (let's say 10-15cm each way) around the tire's valve that ...
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Problem setting up Shimano 5800 levers for the first time

This is my second attempt to setup a Shimano 5800 groupset from scratch. The problem on both bikes has been that downshifting worked to a point, but upshifting never works. The process isn't detailed ...
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Help me setup my bike to my weird size?

I'm 6'6" but have very short arms for my height. Many guys 6'0"-6'2" will outreach me if standing flat footed. I have an XL frame, 2014 Raleigh Talus 29er comp. I feel great on it, but I feel like I'...
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Can I install caliper or cantilever brakes on a frame and set of wheels designed for disc brakes?

I have a 2008 Giant XTC 01 that came with disc brakes. Those brakes have been difficult to service throughout my time with the bike, now the pads on the back are worn out the fluid lines on the front ...
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How to install brakes with clamps that are too tight

I recently picked up a set of Avid DB1's and put them on my bike, but it was a bear to get them on. For background, they've got a split clamp that is similar to a seat tube where simple compression ...
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Tubular Glue vs Tubular Tape

I'm looking into going for tubular tyres and I'm new to this part of the world. As far as I understand there are two main options to mount the tyre: 1. Tub Glue which sounds like kind of a pain in ...
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Problem during installation of Rockshox Reverb Stealth product

I am following the SRAM official procedure on a very similar bike to the one reviewed. However, I am stuck at this part: unthread the hose from the remote's barb. I just can't. I am holding the hose ...
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assembling brackets and front crankset: how many spacers and orientation

Recently I bought a Bull's Black Adder 1 26 Inch frame and quite some time ago got a present Shimano Deore Lx FC M-583 crankset (brackets included). I know they are not a perfect match, but still ...
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installing a 700-18-23C tube on a bicycle

When installing a 700-18/23C tube, does the nut on the valve stem go inside the tire (unseen once the tire is on the wheel rim) or outside the rim (so it is seen among the spokes)?
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How are Prophete chains with built-in locks assembled?

I recently bought a 3/32" chain from Prophete, and despaired in the attempt to close it. The complex end of the chain looks like this: Now, at first thought, the slight groove (the one where you can ...
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How tight should a threaded BB be?

I have an english-thread, octalink Shimano bottom bracket, and a new frame. The frame has been faced before painting. I am not sure the BB is compatible with the frame. When trying to install the BB,...
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Is my disc brake caliper correctly mounted on the frame?

I have been in the process of upgrading my bike a bit. A friend of mine convinced me to upgrade my brakes from my stock Shimanos to some disc brakes. After having a look around and asking question, I ...
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Split crown "race" possibly dangerous?

On some headsets which use a cartridge bearing in the lower assembly, the crown "race" is split. Also, I know a lot of people split their crown race for the ease of installation. Perhaps I'm overly ...
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When Installing chainrings which are pinned, how should I orient the chain drop prevention pin?

I'm setting up a double crankset with a new front chainring which is ramped and pinned. How should I orient the outer front chainring with respect to the chain drop prevention pin? Should this line ...
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Is it possible to fit this Tioga Mc Groove saddle on my bicycle?

See images here. The bar the new Tioga saddle is mounted on is a bit thicker than the one the original (terrible) saddle is mounted on and won't fit as is. I can take the old saddle off its bar no ...
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