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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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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 fix small wobble in rear wheel?

My rear tire has a small wobble that I have not been able to get rid of. When you put the bike on its back, and spin the rear wheel you can notice that it moves about 3mm to one side once every ...
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Keeping cables free of dirt when in transporting

Any ideas on how I can keep grit and all of the other nasty road stuff when transporting my bicycle 2,000 plus miles this spring to get home? It will more than likely be rain and snow on the way. They ...
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Is there a trick to inflating a flat tire with deep section rims?

I have a Schwinn floor air pump and its nozzle is the kind you push down and flip up the lever to connect. With a brand new inner tube installed I could not get it to connect with the valve as I have ...
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Flat tire after inflating to max pressure

Bought a used mountain bike for mom. The bike wasn't used in quite a while . Mom used it for 3 weeks , tire pressure was ok but it needed some air. So I pumped air in both the tires to max ...
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How do I check my steel frame for water ingress, and minimise the risk of rust?

I have a bottle cage on the upper side of my downtube, and yesterday I noticed that one of the screws has gone missing. I don't know when this happened, but it could have been months ago. I often ...
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In shop maintenance - Specialized

I have been riding less than 6 months, mainly commuting to and from work. I got a Specialized Crosstrail Sport 2017. Now, when I bought the bike, they suggested I bring it in every 3 months for ...
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Durability of Seat and Chain Stays on steel frame touring bike

I've been toying with the idea of mounting a dynamo on my REI touring bike. Model is ADV1.1 and it has a steel frame. Dynamo attaches by a mechanism that clamps onto a seat stay and tightens with two ...
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Tools for 2011 Santa Cruz Heckler tuneup

Hi, I have a Santa Cruz Heckler from 2011 that was in storage for the last three years, and before that I was riding it a few times a week on local trails. I never did anything maintenance-wise beyond ...
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List of essential tools to maintain an Ortler Mainau bicycle [closed]

We have three Ortler Mainau bicycles in our family that I would like to maintain. We don't have a garage but only a smallish cellar, and I would like to work there (e.g. I cannot use toxic things ...
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If you buy and install a brand-new chain, but never clean or lubricate it, what will happen?

When you buy a new chain, it comes lubricated with a factory-installed grease-type lubricant. This lubricant is similar to hot wax. (Reliable sources — including Sheldon Brown, Shimano, and ...
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Is this old chain of a different type?

My friend's bike needs a new chain. Looking at the chain, it looks like the pins have a slot for a flat head screwdriver? Is this just cosmetic or does this type of chain require unscrewing the pins? ...
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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 ...
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Niner Biocentric I eccentric bottom bracket adapter won't budge

Niner Biocentric is the asymmetric bottom bracket adapter for a single speed. Below is the II. I have the I. I could not find a picture of the I. It is stuck. I have tried penetrating oil for ...
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What things to check on road bike after a long trip on poor roads

Just bought a new aluminium frame road bike with 25mm tires. Due to very poor planning, I started a journey that turned out to be suited for mountain bikes: it involved country roads, unpaved gravel ...
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Are my pedals greased correctly?

When I spin my pedals by hand they spin very fast and long, almost like a fidget spinner, making a sound too. I somewhere read that this means that the bearings are 'dry', and that pedal spin should ...
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Maintenance for an idle bicycle kept indoors?

I have recently bought a six-speed transmission bicycle, basic yet the latest one. But owing to my busy schedule I am not able to go for a ride on it, and the cycle is always left idle at one place. ...
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Is it normal Allen keys are loose fitting?

I notice on my chinese made Norco that the keys are very loose fitting. I know there are different sets of allens but I seem to remember them either fitting snugly or not at all. The reason this ...
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Is white spirit a too aggressive degreaser?

Talking with a friend about maintenance on bikes, he told me he uses white spirit to degrease the chain, as it is effective and also offer some kind of waterproofing in case one forgets to lubricate ...
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What are the brake housing stoppers on the end of the brake housing called (see pic)

My brake cable snapped while riding my (80s road) bike one day so I replaced it. After replacing I noticed that the piece fixing the housing to the brake was missing so that when I pulled the brake ...
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How do mechanics test problem that are only happening under load?

My singlespeed bike emits a creaking noise(coming from somewhere in the drivetrain) while I'm riding on it, however it doesn't when pedaling on the repair stand. This question is not about this ...
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How to maintain Suntour XCR Air RL-R (remote lockout air/oil) front fork?

My bike is fairly new (1000 km) however I am worried about accumulation of dirt/scratches on the front fork. I've looked at Suntour foam rings however could not find anything. Is this because ...
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What are the directions for removing the bottom bracket bearing caps?

I am trying to re-purpose a Mongoose MTB frame I was given. The crank axle is "wobbly" within its housing. I want to get into the housing to replace the bearings, but can't for the life of me, ...
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How do I get the right parts for my BMX? [closed]

Was told it was a Sunday bmx 20" just don't know the year, so how will I know how to order the proper parts? Serial number is wtu148p048e.
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What special measures do I have to take to commute in frigid temperatures?

Until now, I have been an infrequent recreational (summer) cyclist, but this winter I plan to begin commuting to work via bicycle. It is a relatively short distance, (approx. ten minute ride), but ...
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Easy to take care and maintain bike [closed]

I never had my own bike. I don't know it's pluses or minuses. Now I need to use one so have to get one. Please tell which brand is easy to maintain, not costing arm and leg to have. Easy to change ...
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Should a new rear shock be building oil in the shaft?

I've ridden my new bike (first full suspension I own) for about 150km now and I'm seeing some oil building over the O-ring in the shaft. It's a lot more oil than what you normally see on a front ...
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Can't identify this bolt. Please help. Bolt from adjustable stem

I found this bolt from my friends bike (from an adjustable stem). And I need another bolt like this for my second hand bike because it didn't come with it. It would be much appreciated if you can ...
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Outboard bearing bottoms bracket (hollowtech II) - assessment of wear and lateral play, lifespans & when to replace?

I have a road-version hollowtech II bottom bracket (shimano 105 model - BB-R60). over the last couple of days i noticed a very slight clicking feeling as i pedalled. removing the crankset i find ...
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Difference in Chain Types

What is the difference in chain types, some say 11 speed, some say 9. Is the only difference length, what would happen if i put an 11 speed chain on my 9 speed cassette ? thanks.
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Boardman CX Comp - Remove freehub

Does anyone know how to remove the freehub from a Boardman CX Comp ? I have never removed one I just assumed I could use a Hex Key, the largest I had was about 10mm the hole looked like it could take ...
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Is slop in the headtube normal?

I have a carbon Fibre front fork "BSC profile design" and when I tighten up all the screws on it snugly there is no movement (forward backward) but I go out for a ride and by the end there is a small ...
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Hydraulic disc brakes not sticking after replacing pads and bedding in

So i first bleed my brakes and really botched it, getting brake oil everywhere. I cleaned up, got new pads and wiped the rotors down. I got new brake pads which i the proceeded to bed in. Eventually ...
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Can riding without a chain damage a bike?

I've been really struggling learning to ride fakie (backwards) on my BMX. Tonight, an idea occurred to me. If I remove the chain from my bike, it'll be a "free coaster," and I won't have to pedal ...
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My handlebar and My front tube are no longer one. Might I have died?

So, I have this problem [problem]. This happened today while I was putting it in a car to store overnight, but clearly I have to fix this. Could someone please tell me: what exactly qent wrong ...
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How do I tell what needs repaired/replaced/cared for? [closed]

What items on an older bike should I check for wear and damage and how do I differentiate wear/damage that can safely be ignored and wear/damage that I should repair/replace? At the start of this ...
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Play in the suntour front suspension of my raleigh hybrid bike, what exactly is the problem? can i repair on my own?

I have a Raleigh Misceo 700c bike, and recently I can feel some play in the front suspension. At first I thought it was from the headset, so I did some adjustment by tightening the screw on the top ...
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How to fully maintain a bicycle myself? [closed]

I'm into bikes for a long time, but I still haven't got how to do maintenance of the bicycle myself so I only know how to change a tire and put some grease on the chain. I'd like to know the list of ...
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Bicycle acts like it's braking when I walk it

When I walk my bicycle, every few feet it stops like I've pulled the hand brake. It will roll some more then stop again. What do I need to do to fix it?
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Should this wheel be fixed or replaced?

So, I have this tire with a factory sealed bearing. It has a few broken spokes. TO get these off, I'd need to remove the freewheel. Sadly, the "studs" on both sides seem to turn independently, ...
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How to dry out the inside of a bicycle frame?

I have a bicycle with a high carbon steel frame. For the most part, this frame is sealed off from the air, but there are some bolts, through which water can get through during rainy days or when ...
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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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Using 5wt suspension oil as lower leg bath

I did a lower leg service on my Rockshox Revelation RC3 2016. Problem is when I added oil to the lower leg on re-assembly I used 5wt oil instead of 15wt oil. Will the 5wt oil have enough lubricity ...
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What does it take to damage an internally geared hub?

What behavior can easily damage an internally geared hub (Shimano Nexus or Alfine for example)? can one jump off high (say 50cm) curbs? can it be damaged by shifting gears under too much torque? ...
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Bicycle Pump: Dual (Schraeder/Presta) automatic valve stuck [duplicate]

I got a pump with an head like this, and I use both the presta and the schraeder opening. The problem is that the automatic switching does not seem to work as well as it once did. It is pretty random ...
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Do i need to lube up my chain

I didnt ride my bicycle for almost 2 years now. It was in my room all this time. Do i need to lube the chain up or am i good to go? Thanks! Benjamin.
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Riding on a failing bottom bracket - what could possibly go wrong?

My BB is showing the first signs of being on the way out (a click when I drive either foot down hard; if I remove the chain there's a barely perceptible clicky feeling at the same crank position as ...
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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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What's this torque specification on the seatpost for?

I read 12Nm torque on my seatpost (a Cinelli Vai seatpost). What does this torque refer to? I would assume it's for the two bolts above that tie the saddle rail to the seatpost, but at the same ...
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Are there big differences in maintenance/care between different types of clipless pedals?

I was reading this article http://www.bikeradar.com/us/road/gear/article/best-road-bike-pedals-33045/ and it talks about maintenance/care with a couple of the pedal options, even mentioning that "...