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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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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How to make old bike's seatpost slide smoothly when it needs adjustment again?

I've several old bikes with a common problem, the seatpost is a bit too much hard to slide just to adjust the height (sometimes the frame scratch the seatpost), which might be ok on a road bike, but ...
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What maintenance should be done on a bike pump to keep it in good condition?

My zefal hp x 4 full frame bike pump internals have rusted out. I now have a Lezyne mini pump. What maintenance should I do on the pump to make sure it does not rust out?
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England Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme: how not to miss the next release?

The UK government is running a Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme in England which allows members of the public to receive a voucher worth up to £50 towards the cost of repairing a bicycle. At the time of ...
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Is it possible to tighten/replace my wobbly spider?

I have a Shimano FC-M460 crank and the spider is starting to wobble a little. Is it possible to tighten or replace the spider? I can't figure out which tool I would need to order. Or should I just ...
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Fitting Shimano pedals into a 3/4" crank socket

I bought a commercial grade spin bike (Niuweite F800 from China) for exercising at home during quarantine. I wanted to upgrade the pedals to Shimano pedals since I used to join spinning classes pre-...
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Where can I find tech documents for Mavic 500 RD hubs?

There is a dedicated tech page for older Mavic Products. However, it's access restricted. Is there any other page with manuals and tech docs for Mavic 500 hubs?
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When basic maintenance for basic Suntour XCM/ XCC fork is needed?

When basic maintenance for very basic Suntour XCM/ XCC fork is needed? Is it needed just in case if something wrong or once a year or after some amount of km? By maintenance, I mean something like ...
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Left crank has become loose and no longer stays on the bike

The left crank kept falling off and I've kept on managing to put it back on but finally it wouldn't go. Think the threading is just absolutely kackered. So I ended up taking it to a shop to have a ...
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White graphite (hBN) a worthwhile chain lube?

Hexagonal boron nitride, a.k.a. white graphite, is non-toxic, very very slippery, tends to stick to metal, tends to not have other substances stick to it, and seems to have worked very well in my ...
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Which replacement pulley wheels fit a Shimano RD-6400/6401?

I'm looking for replacement pulley wheels for my RD-6401. It needs to have 10 teeth and a thickness of about 7.2mm. I do have a set of Shimano 10 teeth pulley wheels in front of me (Y56398030) which ...
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Stuck nut on bike axle?

I've got a bike. There is a stuck nut on the axle, and when I try twisting it.. well.. the axle turns too (obviously.). I'm trying to get it off, but it won't come off. My grandfather has a vast ...
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Keeping rim brakes centered

Nice to talk to you all again. I've been refurbishing a classic women's city bike for my girlfriend (vintage French - the bike not the girl ;) it's shaping up groovy. The primary problem I'm ...
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If the original lube that comes on new chains is so good, why don't we all just have a unified perfect chain lube?

See the following link to read about peoples opinions about new chain wax/lube (and when to remove it): New chain is pre-lubricated, should I clean it before use? Can we buy this chain wax/lube that ...
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DNM USD-6 fork service intervals and procedures

What are the good service intervals for the DNM USD-6 fork? How to understand that it should be maintained first? What are the recommended procedures for this?
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What would happen if I don’t replace worn drivetrain components?

What would happen if I took a entirely new drivetrain and just never replaced anything? Of course, I’d keep it clean and lubricated. With 11 and 12 speed chains being as expensive as they are, the old ...
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Major pitting in bearing cups; what can I replace?

I bought a "mystery meat" Peugeot bicycle, it turned out to be 1991 Peugeot "Milano" (couldn't find it in catalogs): 7-speed rear cassette, Shimano 200GS groupset. I disassembled ...
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How does lubricating your chain help protect your cassette and chainrings from wearing too?

I just got my mountain bike back from the shop after a frame warranty, and they replaced my chain as it was apparently worn (2x11). They recommended changing the cassette and chainrings while I was at ...
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Smallest sprocket doesn't fit on freehub?

I bought a second hand bike with a Campagnolo Super Record 11 groupset (the pre-2015 version). I have been experiencing shifting difficulty since I bought it, and took it to a mechanic. The mechanic ...
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What causes this tire “hair” wear

There are spots on my rear tire that have developed rubber hairs, almost like the edge of the tire is shredding and the structural integrity is starting to go. You can also notice in the pic a ...
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What does error code 30 signal on a Bafang electric unit?

A year or so back I bought an electric cargo bike online. The company I bought it from is since then no longer in operation. Since a few weeks every now and then the display shows a wrench symbol and ...
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When using a ptfe & paraffin waxed chain, does the casette require any lube?

I'm going to give chain waxing with PTFE and paraffin a shot as I'm sick of filthy dirty hands when I get a puncture. I've read quite about about the process of cleaning the chain and applying the wax ...
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Identifying bottom bracket type

Looking to buy an eccentric bottom bracket for adjusting the chain tension, however before ordering need to make sure it is compatible with my bb shell. There are following types of eccentric BB: ...
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Handlebar re-alignment

I have just bought a new bike. However it was delivered with the handlebars at 90 degrees to the front wheel. How do I align them? The bike is a Carrera Vengeance ebike.
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Why are cassettes replaced more often than front chainrings and derailleur jockey wheels?

On a bike there are three kinds sprockets that the chain comes into contact with: the chainrings, cassette, and derailleur jockey wheels. It seems that the standard practice is to replace the cassette ...
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How do I disassemble these AHF pedals?

I am trying to disassemble a set of pedals to service them but I can't figure out what tool to use on the nut (see photo). I just need them temporarily until I can cycle to the bike co-op to change ...
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What do I need to do to bring this bike back to life?

I've neglected this bike, a Marin Bridgeway, for the past 3-ish years. It's spent a significant part of that time sitting in the sun and (occasionally) rain. I want to fix it up again, but I have no ...
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Chain wear due to standing while pedaling

Does standing up while pedaling increase chain wear (lengthen chain) faster than pedaling while seated?
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Resources for bicycle compatibility

I'm looking to build my own bicycle. The main thing I care about is compatibility. I've been researching around and have found various gold nuggets along the way: YouTube - How To Build A Bike From ...
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What would cause a pedal to loosen from its spindle while riding?

I recently serviced an old pair of Wellgo platform pedals. They were already old and well-used by the time I got them, and they were slightly too loose, but useable. I rode on them for a few months ...
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Which brake pads for these old cantilever brakes?

I need to replace all the brake pads on these old Mafac cantilever brakes on my bike. I have currently a mix of the original style and a modern replacement. I went to a local bike shop and they gave ...
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Campagnolo Super Record H Screw

I am having trouble adjusting the shifting on my Campagnolo Super Record rear derailleur. I have set the high and low limit. I think the main problem now is that the jockey wheels are too far away ...
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What and where is the weeping port on Shimano MTB brake levers?

I understand that when you overfill some models of Shimano hydraulic brakes with oil, the excess will flow out of a one-way valve called weeping port, but cannot find any technical documents, pictures ...
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Quick link won't 'click'

I'm brand new to bicycle maintenance/repair and just replaced my chain for the first time which I'm very excited about. I do, however, have a problem. I used a quick link to attach the chain and I ...
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How do I figure out what the model number is of my Shimano rear derailleur?

Here are pictures of my current derailleur I need to replace.
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Hydraulic disc brake - lever slowly touches bar

I have a magura disc brake. When I pull the lever and keep applying constant pressure to it, it slowly retracts all the way to touch the bar. This process takes about 10 / 15 seconds. I have tried to ...

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