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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Chain clicking when pedaling?

I just purchased a new bike from my LBS today (Giant Escape 3 Disc 2021) and decided to take it out for a ride. I rode for maybe 4 miles and it rode perfectly for nearly the entire time until I ...
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Cottered Crank Bottom Bracket

Can anyone help me identifying the bottom bracket? It had a cottered crank arm but only on one side, the other side has nothing. I have no idea how to remove the spindle. I already tried hammering it ...
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Shifting cable maintenance/swap with internal cabling on Cube nuroad

I need some guidance on how to replace the shifting cable on a Cube nuroad with its internal cable routing. I prefer not to replace the outer cables nor to remove the hydraulic hose. The hydraulic ...
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Cannot remove campagnolo zonda freehub

I have tried following tutorial videos to service my Zonda rear wheel bearings - I want to cleanup the grim and regrease the bearings - such as They all show that ...
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Shimano FC-M131 crank arm bolt

I have a Shimano FC-M131 crank arm and I want to use a bolt for the axis. I have tried an M20 bolt but it is too loose. I have measured the inner diameter and it is 20.8mm, slightly larger than the ...
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Disc brakes rub under load

Recently I started to have issues with my gravel bike, which I bought in April 2021, a Specialized Diverge Carbon Comp. The first issue happens to be a clicking / creaking of the crankset when under ...
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Did this part come from my bicycle?

I was working on my bicycle, a 2021 Domane SL5, and laid it on the ground. When I picked it up, I saw a small metal ring on the ground underneath. I don’t know for certain if the metal piece came off ...
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How do I take apart a modern Silca Impero frame pump?

I have a new frame pump and I want to take it apart. All the way - down to the metal tubes. This is the top of the air chamber and I don't know how to proceed. There is no trim piece covering this and ...
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What non-obvious maintenance should I do after 6 years/~25k km without professional service

I've ridden my commuter and touring bike (cyclocross frame, but with mudguards, rack, hub dynamo etc.) extensively for the last six years and a total of maybe 25 000 km (~15 000 miles). It has seen a ...
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Can we put V brakes on a frame that had cantilever?

I'm trying to "upgrade" a frame that came originally with cantilever to V brakes. I'm finding really difficult to make it work (as in: when pulling the lever the pads go over to one side and ...
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My shimano ultegra quick release is not working because the ball bearing inside got lost, can someone help me to identify the size of it?

Can someone help me because my ultegra caliper quick release system is not working because the ball bearing inside got lost (see picture below)
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How do I remove this particular rear cassette?

I'm having a hard time trying to remove this cassette; sheer force isn’t working well, nor leverage, here are some photos: The rear wheel is off an old road bike.
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What is the lowest total cost way to lubricate a chain? [closed]

I know there are numerous different ways of lubricating a chain. Some prefer to remove the factory grease from a chain and lubricate it with a different lubricant immediately, others use the factory ...
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Why do cones need special wrenches?

Question is in the title. In other words: why aren't the cones made in such way that you can tighten them with a "normal" wrench? Is this only for historical reasons, or does it have any ...
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Understanding shimano brake parts

I have bought a second hand CUBE Analog (believe the year is 2019 but not certain). The right hand hydraulic brake lever doesn't have it's top cap and doesn't work. I'm trying to source parts to ...
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How to properly center the rear axle?

Related to this question. I noticed that while tightening the nuts on left/right side of the hub (which, on the left side, hold the cassette), the threaded axle also moves left and right (see schema ...
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How to properly tighten "internal" nut on the rear axis?

This is basically a follow-up of my previous question. I am talking about the nut between the frame and the cassette (see attached image). In other words not the "external nut" which fixes ...
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Are there any negative long-term effects to keeping a bike in storage?

Because of the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in my city and because of my obligations as a college student, I predict that I will not be able to ride my bike for more 3-5 weeks. I have just deep ...
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Can aftermarket 32mm Dust Seals and Foam Rings be used on my Rockshox Recon?

My Rockshox Recon TK Silver 29 (2017) is long overdue a dust seal and foam ring replacement. It's been very difficult trying to find a Rockshox 32mm Recon Service kit, but I did manage to find some ...
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How to service a RST Sofi Fork?

My wife's bike has a fork by RST, Sofi. Definitely a budget fork, however is working quite well for the occasional use. I saw that the the seals rings are quite damaged, and I was looking to ...
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Correcting An Inverted Recessed Mounted Caliper Brakes On Vintage Bike Frame

It seems like the previous owner of my bike installed the rear brakes backward. I figured I could simply mount the brake on the other side. Unfortunately, this is not possible since the recessed nut ...
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Do you automatically have to replace your chainrings once your chain reaches 1 % chain wear?

My chain was badly worn. 1.0+ % wear. There is no visible shark toothing or extreme spacing on chainrings. Is there a chance I can get away with not replacing the chainrings, or does the amount of ...
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Cup and cone bearings: better a little tight or a little loose?

A bike is commonly full of cup and cone bearings: pedals, hubs, bottom bracket, headset etc... The component change but the logic still the same the bearing is in between an axle, a pair of cones and ...
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Difference Between SRAM SX eagle chain and SRAM NX eagle chain(12 speed)?

I have a Trek X-Caliber 8 with a SRAM SX Eagle 12 speed drive train, but I only have a SRAM NX Eagle chain. What is the exact difference between the two chains, and how can I modify my chain to make ...
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Front wheel twist and move in dropouts when braking or on aggressive turns

I discovered that my front wheel moves on the dropouts. I have searched the web to know why? But most of answers was "replace quick release and problem gone" so I replaced the quick-release ...
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Mavic crossmax freehub doing strange noise at high speed coasting

MY MTB is fitted with Mavic Crossmax 26" wheels (early 200x model). The freehub sometimes makes a strange noise when coasting at high speed that stops if I pedal forward once. In the past, ...
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Stuck pedal, I've tried everything

I'm looking for suggestions, when basically everything has failed to remove a pedal. It's a pretty new bike (Trek 520). The drive side pedal came off fine, the non-drive side did not. I am aware that ...
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How to lubricate my double kickstand? (ursus jumbo)

It used to move real smooth but not anymore. There's this plastic cover that says 'remove to lubricate', but underneath it I don't find access to the hinge mechanism. I'm thinking of just putting some ...
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Is this the correct orientation of this type of negative plate?

The photos below are of an air spring from an '07 Fox 32 Alps Series fork. Likely an OE model, 100mm travel, and is an RL. I'm getting confused on the orientation of this type of negative plate. These ...
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How to remove a seized & snapped bolt and extractor from a welded titanium cage boss

I have a titanium frame with aluminium bottle cage bolts screwed into it. I tried to remove them the other day and one of them snapped off at the head. I drilled a hole through the remains and tried ...
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How does one wipe clean and oil the chain? (maintenance details)

This may sound like a dumb question -- I know how to oil a bike chain, but apparently not how to do it correctly. I have a relatively new gravel bike, a Giant Revolt, which I ride (on tarmac) about 25 ...
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Chain length differences between 1X and multi-chainring setups

When determining correct chain size, one common technique is to install the chain (without passing it through any derailleur) onto the largest front and rear sprockets. Then, determine the shortest ...
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Lefthand crank arm for spinbike BH SB 1.8

i am trying to buy a new crank arm however there are 2 different type, a rhombic hole or square. After looking at the picture on Amazon, they look both the same. any help would be welcome.
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Torque Setting Of A Compression Nut

Could somebody please help me as I am struggling to find the answer. I have searched the internet but cannot find anything specific to my bike,apart from a manual which does not have that much ...
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Snapped BB nds cup

I've just been installing a shimano un26 BB and snapped the non drive side plastic cup. BB doesn't budge (so it's good I guess), what should I do to address the other side, cup can somewhat screw in. ...
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Barrel Adjuster Strategy - What's the best way to use barrel adjusters?

I was taught that barrel adjusters are to be used as an on-the-road way to adjust brakes or derailleurs. I think the exact quote was "Leave the barrel adjuster for the customer to use on the road&...
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Should I wipe my suspension fork stanchions with a wet or dry cloth after rides?

Just wondering if I should use a wet or dry cloth to wipe my fork stanchions after each ride.
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Replacing a lost disc brake pinch bolt

While replacing the cable for my front disc brake, I lost the bolt and plate that attaches the cable to the calliper. In this Park Tool guide, they call it a 'pinch bolt' — labelled E in the image ...
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How to maintain a Shimano Nexus gear hub?

I have a bicycle with Shimano hub gears (Nexus 7 speed). I would like to know what type of maintenance it needs, besides the normal tuning. I believe it needs some greasing, but I have no idea how to ...
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What happens if you neglect front suspension maintanance?

My bike has front suspension, which I have never done any maintenance to, and I don't plan to do so in the future either. I've owned it for 10 years now, and it's kinda stiff by now, but other than ...
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Rust from cassette and chain

I was cleaning my chainring, chain and cassette with vinegar, to remove unwanted grease but suddenly after a few minutes it suddenly turned slightly orange. It spread all over my rear gears. I got ...
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Torque Wrench required for trainer cassette installation?

I have a new trainer arriving on the 29th and obviously this will involve either using my existing cassette that’s still on the wheel or a new cassette to put on the trainer. As my existing cassette ...
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Chain skipping on upper pulley of rear derailleur

Background: I have a full suspension mountain bike with SRAM GX Eagle components. I snapped my chain recently, and replaced it with a new one of the same model. Made sure to size it the same as the ...
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Should I ride my bike on the beach?

This is the suggested follow up question from this earlier question that dealt with if I can bike on the beach. While it turns out I can ride the beach on 32c tires, the comments made it clear that I ...
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Should I buy an Older Cannondale Rize? [closed]

An acquaintance is selling a Cannondale Rize Lefty bike for under $900. I’m considering buying it for my hubby. Both of us are clueless about bicycles. This bike is from 2009 or 2010. Our son thinks ...
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Which direction should axle lock nuts face?

After having my bike worked on recently at the LBS I noticed that my rear axle lock nuts are arranged so that the smooth/flat sides are contacting the dropouts. To clarify, I'm discussing the lock ...
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Click sound when I pedal hard

I have click sound when I do pedal hard and uphill. I tried to troubleshoot: Tighten my pedal. Tighten my crank. and I tried to remove my chain on and tried to add force to left pedal and it clicks, ...
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Change chain with cassette or do nothing?

Sometimes as a hobby I repair entry level bikes for myself or for friends and family. The rear derailleur is working fine (no skipping/ slipping etc..). But than I discover (with a chain checker), ...
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Reinstall a Shimano nexus 7 wheel after puncture?

I took my back wheel off to fix the tube. When trying to put back together the "gear cassette" I was struggling, it just wouldn’t fit. I eventually checked a youtube video that explains how ...
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Little play in the front suspension fork (RockShox Judy T2 long travel 98'(?))

I've just restored my 98' Kona Caldera, but I left the fork like it was since it seemed to work smoothly enough. Considering I would like to not mess with a fork (like everybody), even if I've done ...

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