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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
0answers
2 views

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 quickrelease with ...
2
votes
1answer
13k views

Twist shifter cannot shift down – what might be the cause?

My son's bike is stuck on 7. When we try to shift down to 1, there are no clicks. It just shoots right back to 7. This is a dial/twist/grip shifter, not a trigger shifter. I do not think it has ...
1
vote
1answer
56 views

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, ...
15
votes
4answers
3k views

Are bleeding kit syringes single use?

I recently bought a bleed kit (for shimano brakes from shimano) and used it on my hydraulic brakes (successfully as far as I can tell). During cleaning up I noticed the syringe says it was for single ...
1
vote
2answers
15k views

Is it alright to put a 25mm tube in a 23mm tyre?

I've just bought 23mm wide tyres to replace my current 25mm ones. Do I need to buy 23mm tubes too?
19
votes
10answers
5k views

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 ...
17
votes
10answers
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
129 views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
10k views

Brake callipers not long enough to allow adjustment of pads

I upgraded the standard Tektro brakes on my SE Lager to Shimano 105s. The braking performance is vastly improved. I also have Charge Plug wheels, rather than the stock wheels. However I've noticed ...
0
votes
1answer
80 views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
191 views

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-...
6
votes
1answer
147 views

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 ...
19
votes
5answers
29k views

What are the benefits of external bottom brackets?

Pretty soon, I plan to replace the bottom bracket on my early 90's Sakae Litage road bike. It takes a standard, English-threaded bottom bracket. Right now I think it contains loose bearings--I was ...
5
votes
2answers
121 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
58 views

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.
2
votes
1answer
93 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
49 views

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. ...
5
votes
3answers
279 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
169 views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
37k views

What size are the screws used for water bottle mounts etc?

There's one size of bolt that's used all over modern bikes: water bottle mounts and the braze-ons for racks leap to mind. Whenever I need a few, I take one to the hardware store and sift through the ...
2
votes
1answer
806 views

Ants infestation on bicycle

During the recent trip my road bicycle was mounted on the rack on top of the car, and since I didn't wrap it, nor used the cover, flies and other small insects got stuck on the frame and handlebars. ...
5
votes
3answers
209 views

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&...
1
vote
1answer
62 views

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.
4
votes
3answers
379 views

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 ...
1
vote
4answers
195 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
630 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
282 views

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 ...
89
votes
11answers
276k views

Can I use WD-40 on my bike?

Is WD-40 really bad to apply on bikes? I was told so but still see people doing that. Also I saw WD-40 launching their new products of bike lubricant and degreaser. Did anybody try those?
6
votes
3answers
675 views

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 ...
17
votes
9answers
2k views

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 ...
32
votes
2answers
16k views

Why does pedalling backwards not move my bike backwards?

On the Mountain bike I have, pedalling backwards moves the chain but doesn't drive the wheels of the bike backwards like you would expect it to. Why is this?
8
votes
4answers
2k views

How to clean a bike after muddy/sandy cyclocross race (or mountain bike ride)

What do I need to be concerned with when cleaning my bike after a typical muddy and sandy cyclocross race? (Probably also applicable to mountain biking.) Particularly, what can be done (in the field) ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
187 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Carbon taperd road fork - use crown race or not?

I have a 2016 Trek Emonda ALR 5 with a carbon fork. I am assembling the bike after general maintenance, and have noticed that I am missing (or: think I'm missing = am not sure) a crown race for the ...
25
votes
3answers
4k views

How do I lubricate my chain?

I know I should lubricate my chain regularly. I got some lube at my LBS; how should I apply it? Do I just drip some on one spot, and turn the pedals around a few times to spread it out? Drip it all ...
24
votes
11answers
7k views

Are there real-life alternatives to the chain+derailleur combo?

I was reading an article about the CeramicSpeed’s Driven concept and, while not interested in the efficiency part, the chainless system reminded me of something I was wondering for some time: are ...
0
votes
1answer
99 views

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, ...
13
votes
6answers
26k views

If I can't find the hole causing a flat tire, do I need to replace the tube?

My back tire got flat. If I pump it up now, it can hold the air for about 30 minutes to an hour before it's totally flat. I took out the inner-tube yesterday, pump in a bit air and put it into water, ...
4
votes
2answers
532 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
219 views

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), ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

Leaking lever - Shimano brakes M365

i recently took my bike to the LBS for brake service. Everything was fine until i noticed that the right lever (back brake) was leaking. Every time i press the lever, it sort of "burps" a bit of oil ...
0
votes
1answer
93 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
224 views

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 ...
9
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
156 views

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?
18
votes
5answers
25k views

Fixing noisy V brakes

My V brakes make a lot of noise when I brake! I am annoyed by such noise, not to mention the pedestrians. My mechanic said that it will not make this noise after using it for couple of days, but it is ...
1
vote
1answer
708 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
137 views

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 ...

1
2 3 4 5
19