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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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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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Problem with chain skipping when pedaling hard

If I pedal hard, i.e. while standing/taking off/going uphill, the chain skips over the cogs making a load screeching noise and my foot just sinks to the bottom position. I attempted to fix this ...
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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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Typical fastener torque values for bicycles

I'm thinking of getting a torque wrench (or something similar) for working on bikes. The ones I have for cars are pretty ungainly and I think I'd be at the low end of the range where they aren't too ...
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Is there such a thing as frame failure?

Several general questions have been asked regarding how long a bike or bike frame will "last", and the gist of answers seems to be that a bike can last quite a while if the replaceable components are ...
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How long is the life cycle of a bicycle?

This may not be a particularly practical question, but I wonder how often do you find yourself looking for a new (or another) bike? There are, of course, two main aspects of it: Mechanical decay. If ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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How can I keep spiders and other bugs off my bicycle?

I am an extreme arachnophobe, to the point that I've left dishes in the sink due to a dead spider the size of an M&M. My bike at work is right in the open, and because of the soft winter, there ...
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How to remove and find a compatible chainring for my FSA Comet 1x10

I currently have a 30 tooth chainring on my Devinci Kobain. The gearing is a little too tough for my current fitness level. I am considering putting a smaller chainring on it (as per this question). ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Friction in the free hub?

I have noticed there's some friction in my free hub on the TCR - when I pedal backwards slowly, I can get the rear wheel to roll backwards (while on the stand). This strikes me as a bad thing - means ...
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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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Biopace chain rings and front deraileur rub

Turns out my front chain rings are biopace, after I thought they had disappeared! I've got a problem with the chain rubbing the front deraileur at a certain point every rotation. I only get this in ...
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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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How long should a well maintained chain last and what can I do to prolong its life?

I commute on a fixie. I'm using KMC Z410 chains. Every evening if it's wet I wipe and re-lube my chain, using ProLink lube. Every weekend I remove the chain, soak it in kero, brush it with a citrus ...
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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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Inner chainring bent on 6 week old MTB

I bought a new Voodoo Bizango 2015 6 weeks ago. When I was out earlier I changed down and the chain somehow got wedged between the 2 front chainrings (It's 2x10) and bent the inner ring. I've read on ...
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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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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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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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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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back tire keeps going down

I have just bought a new bike and had it about a month now. I don't really know much about bikes but I do know how to repair an inner tube. I have had one puncture and just bought a new inner tube. ...
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How do I change my disc brake pads?

How do I change my disc-brake pads? How do I avoid letting the fluid out?
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Can I use super glue for punctures?

I want to fix my puncture with super glue, can I use it ? I do not have any glue left in my puncture outfit so can I use ordinary super glue?
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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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Bushings vs bearings - maintenance difficulty

I consider purchasing a full suspension bike with a linkage using bushings, instead of bearings for the pivots (Ghost Path Riot). A review says: The bushings are said to wear out quick, two to ...
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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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Should I grease a carbon fiber seat post?

I was reading a recent question when I saw this answer: You should absolutely grease your seatpost (unless it is carbon fiber). Why should I NOT grease a carbon fiber seat post?
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New Shimano 11 speed road chain problem

I just bought a new 11 speed Shimano chain online. The wide end of the chain had a flat pin half sticking in, I tried to use a chain tool to release it a bit allowing for more room to connect the ...
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How to open the top cover of a Shimano Tourney ST EF 41?

My 3 speed gear shifter is stuck. I want to open the cover so that I can clean the old lubricant and dust and apply new lubrication. There are no screws on the top and I am not able to open it even ...