Questions tagged [maintenance]

Tools, parts, techniques, and procedures to keep your bike in working order. MAINTENANCE is not the same as REPAIR, a separate tag. Maintenance is what one does on a regular basis. Repair is what one does only when something is broken.

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Help me fix play in Gossamer cranks

I just bought a used bike for cheap. The crank/pedals feel loose and wiggle a bit from side. I notice there's a hole straight through the crank where I feel like some part is missing, perhaps some ...
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How can I undo the locknut on this Shimano 105 hub

I'm having trouble working out how to properly service this Shimano 105 rear hub. I've watched some videos, read Leonard Zinn's book and following Park Tools' instructions, but it doesn't help. I've ...
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What type of nut do I have here?

I had the most bizarre experience of trying to determine what kind of nut I have. I own a Schwinn Santis made by Pacific Bicycles. The rear tire had a bolt and nut. I took the nut to Home Depot and ...
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How to get water out of the frame?

Now the (seatpost and QR) has been practically replaced by an (internally routed riser setpost) tightened with a torque wrench. I disagree with the accepted answer here - sometimes above 1 liter of ...
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Are there any downsides to cheaper biodegradable degreasers?

I’m after a cheaper (than the bike-specific brands) biodegradable degreaser for cleaning my bike chain. I have found a few which are apparently biodegradable, however, I’m wondering if there is ...
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How to maintain the bicycle after a commute, when not home?

When I commute, which is a 20 minutes bicycle trip, I'm able to park the bicycle indoors at a facility, where I can rinse water off of it. See my other question regarding whether or not this is a good ...
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Should you hose down your bicycle after having used it on salty roads?

When using your bicycle on salty road, if you can opt for hosing it down or not hosing it down after a commute (without re-lubricating the drivetrain at this point!), what should you do? Do you cause ...
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Retaining M5 bolts for bottle cages

I have a Ti frame. Alloy M5 bolts (they were greased) not working too well for me for holding the bottle cages - one seized / broke off, and I lost the boss/insert (?) when a mechanic drilled out the ...
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Pedal bearing stuck to the spindle

I was changing the spindle for a longer one in three Crankbrothers pedals (Candy 1, Eggbeater 1 and 2). Two were wery simple, the plastic cap, the spindle nut and take down the pedal body with all the ...
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Difficulty inflating tire

I have a standered road bike with a Schrader valve. When ever I have the inner tube seperated it inflated with no issues, no punctures or anything. But when it’s actually attached to the wheel and set ...
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Replacing front gear cable without removing cable housing

I have recently had problems with my front gear cable. I know for a fact it's not a problem with the cable housing. Is there a way I can replace my front gear cable without removing the housing and ...
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What do I have here [duplicate]

completely blank frame except J62460170 stamped on the underside
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What is this tool? [duplicate]

I found a thin plastic tool, about 5cm long. It is engraved with the number 5. I believe it to be a bike tool. What is it?
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Freewheel is not making noises [closed]

Freewheel on my bike is not making any clicking sounds like it used to when I bought the bike from the bike shop. I got the bike serviced last month due to brake making screeching noises and the rear ...
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How does paraffin chain wax perform in winter conditions (snow, road salt, -20° C)?

I’m interested I switching to paraffin chain wax or a wax product like Molten Speed Wax. But I’ve got concerns about how it might perform in winter where I live in Calgary, Alberta. It’s supposed to ...
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Why is one screw in V-brake a lot tighter?

I noticed that whenever tuning my V-brakes, I always have to tighten one of the screws a lot more than the one on the other side. I was wondering why this is the case. Of course this means the spring ...
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Dish soap or WD-40?

I have been using dish soap to clean my chain from the start, since that's the only thing I can find I think suitable for cleaning oily stuff. I use two old tooth brush, grab a ziptie and tie it ...
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What's the difference between Weldtite Dirtwash citrus de-greaser spray and the WD40 chain de-greaser?

I m planning buying a chain degreaser for my bike, I gone to two bike shops and they sell different brand of degreaser. First bike shop i went to is the shop where I got my ATX fromand He sells wd40 ...
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Properly tensioning a belt drive with two tensioner

The other day I had to replace tires on my bike. Having recently switched to a belt drive + gear hub, I have looked at some on line tutorial on how to remove the rear wheel in such cases. Problem ...
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Should I use cheap or expensive lubricant?

I'm hoping for either a scientific paper that has looked into this, or at least some plausible statistics from enthusiasts. This is definitely related to my other question Can I use WD40 and generic ...
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What is cheaper, to walk or to cycle?

I recently started cycling to work, after having been walking the same distance for a couple of years. I used to have to replace my shoes about every six months, because they were too worn. This ...
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Which threadlock on bottle cage bolts?

The bottle cage bolts on my bike (carbon frame) tend to unscrew easily. Instead of tightening harder (I stopped at ~2Nm), which could damage the bosses in the frame, I am thinking of using threadlock ...
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Tightening a loose bottom bracket

I bought a new bike a couple of months ago. Recently I noticed that the bottom bracket is getting loose. It is regularly unscrewing itself, and while I can screw it back in partially manually, I ...
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BV-217 Antler bottom bracket service or replacement

I have a BV-217 Antler It is at least 7 years old and has had minimal maintenance, if any. I am stripping it down to its bearings and cleaning, re-greasing, reassembling etc. I am stuck at the ...
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Best type of brake pads during winter conditions for disc brake bikes

I'm going to be riding my bike daily during the rainy Belgian winter (-2°C to +5°C). If it snows or freezes the roads will be covered with salt. I'm using the 105 R7000 series hydraulic disc brakes. ...
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How important is it to clean your drivetrain?

For the first time in my life I took the time to properly clean the drivetrain of a bike. How proper it was might be debatable, but for the first time I saw that the gears are not actually black. I'...
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Adjusting TRP RG957 deep drop rim brakes

I've got a lovely new bike for my daily commute, a Condor Italia. I've done about 1,500 km on it and I need to adjust the brakes. I would expect to just turn this bit: But that will not turn, and it ...
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Skewer removal without quick release

I am trying to replace my cassette. I can not use my cassette removal tool as it is blocked by the skewer, so I need to remove it. From what I can see, the skewer is held together by two bolts. I have ...
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9 speed chain doesn't fit 9 speed cassette

In all my years of working on bikes, this is a first. Bought a new 9 speed KMC chain and 9 speed cassette to replace a worn 9 speed drivetrain recently (single chain ring). Went to put everything on ...
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Three wheeler pulls to left when riding

Why does my three wheeler pull to side when riding. Especially if I go over a bump it will go to the left by itself.
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What are working Proofide alternatives?

I bought a new Brooks flyer and applied the first layer of Proofide that came with the saddle. Considering the price of a full can of Proofide - and also because I am the kind of person who likes to ...
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Lube new sealed bottom bracket (BB-UN55)

I have a new sealed bottom bracket, a Shimano BB-UN55. Does it come with lube, and if so what kind of lube would that be? I assume it's already lubed, because how would you lube it without taking it ...
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Will changing pedals every week lead to long-term problems?

I have clipless pedals that I love and my standard flat pedals with toe clips. However, the clipless pedals just aren't comfortable for me to wear without cleated/clipless shoes, and they tear up my ...
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Cube stereo 150 race “do not clamp” warning

I have the following warning on my (carbon) CUBE stereo 150 race (2019) : Ultra thinwall tubeset DO NOT CLAMP Currently I clamp my bike like this, and make sure that there is nearly no force ...
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Does anyone make a clamping spoke wrench?

I'd like to find some sort of "spoke wrench" which actually clamps onto the nipple (not the spoke proper), so that nipples that are slightly rounded-over (or, like aluminum ones, have a propensity to ...
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European pedal thread size

Can North American pedals with a 9/16” x 20 TPI thread be used on a European rental bike or is there a metric requirement?
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How to remove axle and bearings from a B'TWIN Triban Aero wheel

I have a B'TWIN Triban Aero rear wheel and am trying to replace the sealed bearings. After removing the end caps and a DS rubber seal I can see the ends of the bearings, at this point I assumed that ...
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My bike clicks and it sucks

I have a roughly 15 year old bike. When I pedal there is a loud click. When I coast the sound becomes louder and more frequent. The sound really annoys me. How do I fix this?
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Road bike front wheel question

I was doing some maintenance on my road bike. I took the front wheel off, removed the quick release skewer from the wheel, set the wheel aside, and put a drop of tri-flow on the skewer to lubricate it....
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Fox F120 RL fork mystery fluid - with pics

The fork of the bike I bought used - a Fox F120RL (installed on a 2011 Trek Fuel 8 EX) has started leaking a weird see-through fluid from the side where you adjust compression and rebound. Does anyone ...
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Did I pick the wrong bike?

I live 7.2 miles from where I work and was rebuilding my life, so no car. I was walking to work everyday until my son took me to Wal-Mart and said I was getting a bike. I picked out a Kent 26 ...
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What is this Allen bolt on my novatech freehub, and what does it do?

I've been servicing the novatech freehub on my Kona cyclo-cross bike after a particularly filthy ride. When removing the freehub I noticed this tiny Allen bolt by the inner pawls of the freehub. When ...
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How to you remove the seal from a Deore XT FH-M8000 freehub?

When first installing (or overhauling) Shimano rear hubs, I usually pull the freehub, lift the seal off the back side (where the splines are that engage the hub body) and then heat the freehub with a ...
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Servicing a bike left in a garage

Knowing next to nothing about bikes I bought a Parva hybrid bike a few years ago, which saw only a few rides before being put in the garage to collect dust. Now that I'm moving to a new city I need to ...
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Shimano LP25 Sealed Cartridge Bottom Bracket

I recently attempted to rebuild a sealed cartridge Shimano LP25 bottom bracket. These are meant to be replaced when worn out, but I thought: if someone on YouTube can do it, I can too. The problem is ...
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Rotor does not fit between pads after replacing the pads

I was having rubbing noises and after taking out the pads I so they were completly worn out. I have shimano r7070 calipers so according to their specs I found in a local shop the L04C as they did not ...
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Air in oil damper of suspension fork after pulling hard while disassembling

I've opened my Reba fork (FS-REBA-RL-A6) for the 1st time to investigate an air-spring failure and found the lower legs quite difficult to separate, even after not-so-gently tapping the bottom bolts. ...
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Hole inside fork's upper tube, air-spring side?

I've disassembled my Reba fork (FS-REBA-RL-A6) and found a hole in the inner wall of the top tube, air-spring side leg. Doesn't look perfectly round to me, even though it can be an effect of a bit of ...
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How to patch glass cuts in a bicycle tire?

How do you deal with the small cuts in a bicycle tires main tread? Do folks fill these small cuts? I have continental gatorskins which I periodically check and pull out the street glass shards. ...
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Does it matter what way the tires go if no directional arrow?

As the title suggests, I have just put on two new tires but now I'm not sure if I put them on in the right direction. No directional arrows so I presume anyway is fine, however me being me it made ...

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