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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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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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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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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Old freewheel removal

I have an old rear wheel - I think its from a Raleigh Arena roadbike from the late 70s or early 80s. There are broken spokes that require the sprockets removed to access. I've done this plenty of ...
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Creaking which is temporarily resolved by tightening rear quick release

My commuter road bike (Pinnacle Arkose 3 - actually a disc-braked cross bike, fitted with mudguards) has an annoying and loud creak, associated with each turn of the pedals - there is a creak each ...
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How many balls to put in a bearing?

I'm cleaning out most of the bearings on my new (second hand) bike. I'm replacing the grease inside the pedal bearings and I was wondering. How many ball bearings should be inside? I thought there ...
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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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Riding with a Gates belt past its due replacement mileage: can it snap or other risks?

I just purchased a belt drive bike (Gates CD). Maintenance free, according to the BS and what I have read online. The only attention is to replace it every 5000 km. Since I usually ride around 8000 ...
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What rear axle do I need?

I had the chance to buy myself a bargain the other week. It was a Muddy Fox Courier Comp mountain bike – I had one when they first came out. The thing is I need to get a rear axle long ...
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My old pedals don't spin freely, is it worth lubing them?

I have a bike that has been left outside and unmaintained for a while, so now I'm trying to fix it back up. One thing I notice is that the pedals don't spin freely if I flick them with my foot. I don'...
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Opening a Shimano Alfine 8 hub (large dust cover)

I’m dismantling my Shimano Alfine 8 hub to service the internals. I’m at the stage in the photograph but can’t turn the large black plastic dust cover, with <-tighten loosen-> on it. The hub has ...
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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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How can I remove the stripped plastic cups of a bottom bracket?

I have a 2 frames with FAG bottom brackets (can't tell the exact model from the outside, but something like this): (datasheet here) in various states of destruction Bike 1 I didn't have the tool so ...
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Can I upgrade my 2007 front suspension?

I just bought a 2007 Trek Fuel EX5 used but the front suspension dial is cracked and makes it difficult to change the give. The current forks that are on there are RockShock Tora's. Would it be ...
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How do I clean the inside of a freehub?

I didn't know any better and I let degreaser drip into the freewheel body of my Shimano FH-RM65. Now it makes a terrible retching noise when it rotates. How do I clean the inside of this thing? I'm ...
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Hydraulic Disc Brakes Not Locking Up

So as the title says my disc brakes are not locking up. They are gripping but not locking. My older brakes were leaking and i changed them with Shimano Deore BL-M596. I have searched online and found ...
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Attaching a stem to a carbon steerer: how much torque?

So I decided to travel with my bike this week and to my surprise discovered that the steerer is carbon fiber. I had removed the stem from the steerer for packing but naively assumed it was aluminum ...
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When to change disk brake pads

I was wondering how to tell when your disk brake pads need replacing. My front seems to be not stopping as quickly as it used to, or as I would like. I know this could be road grime build up, but I ...
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What is the regular maintenance on electric hubmotors?

I don't own a Blix bike/electric bike though I rode one once... I was wondering where are the technical docs/howtos on the rear motor's maintenance? I have to rework the back wheel, replace axle or ...
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What to expect from an e-bike service?

My e-bike manufacturer recommends a service every 1000km. Tomorrow I'll bring my bike to the shop where I bought it for the first service. I already had a mini-service for free at around 300 km in ...
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Is this hub beyond repair?

I recently took my bike in for a service and they told me that the hub and bearings had worn out and they needed to be replaced. I took the wheel off and rotated the bolt thing going through the ...
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Strategy for removing a bottom bracket with plastic retainers?

Bottom brackets that have plastic retainers have a reputation for being problematic to remove. Often the tool interface on the plastic retaining ring will shear off if the plastic is old or the bottom ...
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How to remove an older Shimano Hollowtech crank?

I'm getting some creaking in my crank/bottom bracket and a good first step towards fixing this is to remove and clean the cranks and chainrings. If I still have the creaking, the BB is almost ...
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Is it worth rebuilding a wheel myself to save money?

The bearings and hubs on my bike have worn out and need replacing. The local bike shop charges $120 to have the wheel rebuilt with a new hub not including the part cost. I am considering doing this ...
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Jammed Giant brand U-Lock. Unable to insert key [duplicate]

The other day I locked my bike to a fence and upon my return about an hour later, I found the lock jammed. I am unable to insert my key fully into the keyhole. My friend suspects that while locking ...
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Stopping power of mountain vs road bike

I have recently been restoring a Btwin Triban-500 road bike, given to me from a friend who had let it sit around for a few years. I've rebuilt the bike sparing no expense, new inner tubes, cables, ...
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Early Rider Belter hub maintenance

My son has had an Early Rider Belter for around 14 months. Recently, I've noticed the free-wheel sounds "gritty", and there is quite a bit of friction if you move the cranks backwards while the rear ...
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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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Could the E-bike drivetrain wear down till needing replacement after 400 km?

The drivetrain (chain? gears?) of my E-bike started to make loud clicking sounds, with the impression that the chain is skipping over teeth. The gear switching itself still works well. I have tried ...
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How can I adjust index shifter so it doesn't skip the second chainring?

I recently replaced my chain and cassette on my commuter bike. It was a first time operation for me, as I am a new to doing bike maintenance. That part seems to have gone fine. While I was at it, I ...
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Repair vs replace my Trek 1.5

Just brought my 2010 Trek 1.5 into my LBS to get a tune up. They quoted me 475 based on needing to replace both rims as well as the slightly bent handlebars. Which gave me pause in that maybe I should ...
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Minimalist setup for a “travelling bike mechanic”?

I have very little living/working space of my own and so, in order to keep my personal bike in working order, I need to be able to transport "bike mechanic stuff" (e.g. tools, screws, cables, inner ...
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How to clean consumable metallic parts cheaply while touring?

By the term consumable metallic parts I mean things such as derailleur pulleys, chains and cassettes. I have met tourers that suggested me cooking oil for cleaning the metallic parts, more here. The ...
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Where do springs on skewer go?

Where do the springs on a skewer go in relation to dropouts? And which way do they face? My springs are conical but I can't recall which direction the cone pointed or if they were between hub and ...
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Can I use denatured alcohol instead of isopropyl alcohol when servicing a fork?

I want to try to do the lower leg service of my suspension fork myself for the first time. In the RockShox videos on that topic on YouTube, they take apart the fork and clean the parts with isopropyl ...
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How to adjust cable length on integrated brake/shift levers, when there is no barrel adjuster?

I feel bad asking this question because I've been doing bicycle maintenance for over 20 years and this seems like a noob question. I was unable to find a Shimano manual to answer this question. I ...
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Why do the front and rear brakes work independently?

Why do bicycles have two individual brake levers that work independently to brake each wheel? I've always used my right brake lever because it is more comfortable to do so and I haven't noticed any ...
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Misplaced tyre lever - alternatives?

I misplaced my tire lever and it's very hard to change the tube of my mountain bike without a tire lever. I'm looking for alternatives if a tire lever is not available. What I've found so far are: ...
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Is it normal for a fixed gear bicycle's rear wheel to slip forward in its dropouts from time to time?

My fixed gear bike has a track fork with a chain tensioner, and uses Pitlock's solid axle nuts to secure the wheel in the dropout, though I had similar issues with the stock nuts. After tightening ...
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Lifespan chain and gear wheels on e-bike [closed]

If is possible to give an indication of the average lifespan of the chain and gear wheels of an E-bike? Assuming: Cycling in all weather conditions (commute); Western European climate (10% of time ...
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What are the different uses for the 110 vs 114 vs 116 link bike chains?

I used to just leave those to the bike shop guys .. but nowadays .. I would prefer learn these basic skills myself Currently I was searching for a replacement chain for my bike .. was told that for ...
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Gates Carbon Drive vs Single-Speed Chain, Long Term Lifespan and Maintenance

I'm looking to get a new bike which will require the smallest amount of maintenance. The bike will have an internally-geared hub and I have the choice of single speed chain or belt drive. I have ...
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How can I know my brake fluid needs changing?

I have a few bikes with shimano disc brakes. I know changing the fluid is something that can be done and I could probably work out how to do it but I don't know what to look out for to know its time ...
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(Light?) rust removal from chain

Situation: I'm new to the world of trike maintenance. My son and I purchased recumbent trikes at the end of last summer. The weather for the past couple of months has been cold, snowy, cold, and......
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FOX FLOAT CTD Evolution oil leak :(

I have a FOX FLOAT CTD Evolution LV 184x44mm, which worked fine in the summer, afther the cold weather arrived, and I started to ride under 15C, it started to leak some oil. It was pretty nasty, but I ...
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How to prevent chain looking dirty one ride after cleaning it!

I try and clean my chain regularly and particularly when it's wet or dirty. Despite my chain looking pristine clean once I have finished it often looks black and oily again after just one commute of ...
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How to adjust RST fork travel?

Today I own a RST Champ fork with 100mm of travel. After doing some research I found that there are 3 travel options 80mm, 100mm and 120mm. I also find out that the adjustment is done by adding or ...
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How do I know when to replace my bottom bracket?

With out completely removing the cranks and bottom bracket, how can I tell when it's time to replace my bottom bracket? The current symptom is a slightly 'rough' feeling when I pedal. It's not ...