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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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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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Chain fell between cassette and spokes, what to replace?

My chain fell between the cassette and the spokes while riding, and it destroyed my rear wheel. I know I'll have to replace the wheel, but can I keep the cassette and the chain? There is no visible ...
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1970-80's Roadmaster bike makes a clicking noise when turning right

A 70's/80's Roadmaster Pursuit bike makes a clicking noise when turning right. It doesn't make any noise when riding straight or turning left. It doesn't seem to matter how close the turn is. I have ...
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How does a bike 'degrade' whilst unused

What (if anything) will happen to a bike whilst it sits unused, that wouldn't happen to it whilst being used for a work commute over the same period? Suppose I take a 3 month sabbatical and leave my ...
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Can I upgrade brakes despite interface difference

At one point I had to replace my rear V-brake mech (at the wheel). At first I tried a Shimano BR-M432, recommended by and bought from my LBS. I brought it home to do it myself, but the more I looked ...
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Did I just ruined my rear shock? fox float :(

My shock was quite ok, but I still tried to service it. After dissembling, it has absolutely no oil in it. I filled with 5 ml of fox fluid, put everything together. After installed to the frame ...
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Not enough clearance on road discs for rotor (rotor rubbing)

I'm building up a 2014 specialized awol frame with fulcrum red power wheels and trp hylex brakes. I'm using the rotors that came included with the trp's. My issue is that there does not seem to be ...
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Disc brakes make a grinding sound

I am completely new to cycling and purchased a road bike equipped with Tektro Lyra mechanical disc brakes. I have ridden an estimated 20 miles total so far and was unaware that there was a bedding in ...
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My Fox Float perf RP2 begging for some oil

My rear shock started to make some noise when I compress it. It's like rubber on metal, so I think it would need some oil. However I can not get proper float fluid, I tried to turn my bike upside down,...
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Rear derailleur breakages [duplicate]

This is hypothetical in the spirit of a recent question about derailleur cables, but I've seen two bikes being pushed with broken rear derailleurs in the last few days. What are likely causes of ...
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Should I replace these cassette and chainring?

I saw my bicycle chain very dirty so after many months since last time I cleaned it and I checked the general state of the drivetrain. I totally forgot that a couple of years ago the chain was already ...
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How can I stop air leaks unscrewing a tire from compressor?

Most portable car air compressors seem to have ditched the quick release attachment for Schrader valves in favor of a simple screw on attachment. Both of my bike's tubes leak a lot of air while I ...
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Replace internally routed and housing

My mountain bike has internally routed cables and and I'm struggling with indexing. My first thought is to replace my cables which I've never done. Is it as simple as pulling the inner cable out and ...
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Is there water in my forks?

Hi I bought a used downhill bike with a 2009 Marzoochi 66RCV fork. I hear a gushing sound whenever I compress the forks. At first I thought it was oil but am just wondering and don't want to ruin ...
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Are there chains where it matters which side is out and which is in? [duplicate]

Are there chains where it matters which side is out and which is in? I don't mean which end of the chain leads as the chain travels forward during pedaling. I mean which side is out toward the seat ...
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How to calibrate Garmin Vector 2 power meter pedals with a Wahoo Elemnt computer?

I just installed Garmin Vector 2 power meter pedals on my bike along and am using it alongside a Wahoo Elemnt bike computer. I've done a few rides now and my average wattage is reading very high (i.e. ...
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How Dicey are super cheap brake cables?

I was going to buy some super cheap - I mean barely more than 50 cents per meter - brake cable. Am I in any danger of sudden failure? I don't mind replacing the cable after a year or something, but ...
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Dent in bearing cone, try to get a new one, or can I keep riding like this?

So I opened my rearhub, because there was a lot of dirt in there after 4000 kilometers usage and I found that there is a little dent in the bearing cone. When I slide a bearing ball over that "dent" I ...
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How to assemble this headset?

I bought a new threaded headset for my old steel winter beater bike, but it is slightly different from the current one and I am not sure about the correct order and orientation of the parts. I placed ...
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Long Distance Route for a Beginner!

I've got some questions about cycling and gear that I need! So I'm planning a route through North and Republic of Ireland in April, and the route will be about 430 miles. I don't cycle often, but I do ...
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Did I pay too much for repairs on road bike? Should I have bought new?

I originally paid $250 for a Schwinn road bike on Amazon 5 years ago. It's been a really solid bike, even though I know it's just a mass produced brand. I didn't know any better and did no repairs or ...
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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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Left outside for over a year, what to do to get it ride-worthy?

I've got a cheapy cruiser (6 speed?) from Walmart that's been sitting on a bike rack in Minnesota for well over a year. There's rust all over the place and the most maintenance I've ever done on a ...
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New chain, pedal power seems weaker

I'm a commuter cyclist who didn't for the last 18 months really do anything to take care of his bike - though it was stored inside between rides. Took it to the shop 12 months in for a service, but ...
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What to do with a frozen bike?

My bike was outside and it snowed. I thought it was ok because it was undercover but the tarp broke and now my bike is covered in snow. I had 3 locks on it, 2 of them came off but one is frozen. I ...
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Strange dynamo behavior

Some days ago I noticed the light cast from my bike was not steady, despite I was travelling at constant speed. Checking the dynamo when engaged I noticed it was touching on the side of the tire, but ...
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Lube substitutes for Phil Wood lubricant

I need lube for my new Schwinn Meridian Adult Tricycle that I received as a belated Christmas present. The chain/axle mechanism is making a noise. It may not have ever been lubed! Can I substitute ...
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Replace or patch inner tubing?

I'm 16 this year and I commute to school on a regular basis on a second-hand Urata Avanteguarde (about 2-3 years old.) I kept getting flats on my rear tire, but by the time I has isolated the problem ...
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Raleigh Twenty wheel/rim replacement options

What replacement wheels/rims that can be fitted into Raleigh Twenty bike are available these days? Below I focus my requirements on the rims as they are probably easier to come by than complete ...
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Cost effective drivetrain maintanance [duplicate]

With my previous bike I followed the general recommandation for maintainance of drivetrain. This usually goes like the following: replace chain every 3K Kms, replace rear cassette every 6K Kms and ...
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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 abit allowing for more room to connect the other ...
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Fixing the valves on tubeless tires broke, what are my options?

I bought a used bike that was set up with tubeless wheels, however both valves are shot what should I do? In general, is there more maintenance involved with the upkeep of tubeless wheels? Because I'...
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How to test bike after upgrades?

I've just finished my first 'big' bicycle related project in order to start and complete a small challenge of at least 100 days of riding a bike in 2017 :) This project consisted of completely ...
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Eccentric bottom bracket click clack on each pedal revolution?

Can anyone suggest what this "click/clack" noise coming from my BB might be a result of? It's a Wheels Mfg eccentric, PF30. The bike is newly assembled.
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Is axle cone pitting more common on rear drive side?

I finally got into the rear hub of my new-used bike and found one cone pitted, the drive-side cone only. The other three cones are fine. I happen to have also picked up a second, compatible bike ...
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Can I replace this bearing? (MTB head tube)

As you can tell from the pictures below, it's about time I did. I'm clueless as to where I'd get new a one. From this answer I think I can conclude it's an integrated one as opposed to a press-fit one,...
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Are aluminum anti-seize and silver anti-seize different?

I asked someone to pick up some silver anti-seize (which I'd seen recommended) and they came back with aluminum anti-seize. Is there a difference? I could imagine that, when used between aluminum ...
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Changing Magura HS33 rim brake pads

My brake pads have worn to the point where the lever can no longer apply full pressure, and there isn't much pad protruding beyond the pad mounting. So they need replacing and I want to do it myself ...
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Cracked a steel fender today. My fault or design problem? And now what should I do?

Last year I, after cracking an sks chromoplastic, I decided to get some stainless steel fenders. I noticed at the time that the fender (700x45) was almost identical to the diameter of the tire (700x35)...
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Cartridge wheel bearings - is there an inside/outside?

I'm replacing the bearings in a standard single speed wheel. I've got 6000-series bearings and I can't find info on whether there is an inside/outside.
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Do Italian frame sets use different sized components to bikes in the USA?

I want to restore an Italian made bike but I am not sure if components I buy in the US will fit.
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Brake oil came out of the piston of my Tektro hdc 300 and the brake is not functioning. What to do?

One day, I tried to disassemble my hydraulic braking system (Tektro HDC 300) having a goal of dipping the brake pads in alcohol. Well, I had somehow managed to separate the pads and the spring like ...
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is there an easy fix for worn down brakes?

I have a really cheap Walmart bike with originally came with questionable brakes. After more than a year of commuting, they have worn down to next to nothing. Is there any easy fix at home to improve ...
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Is gasoline an effective restoration material to use?

A fellow rider just picked up an old mountain bike which has some rust and plenty of gunk in the gears to wash out. He intends to use gasoline to clean the entire bike. This is the first I ever heard ...
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how do I adjust the wheel?

I've just fixed my flat tire on the front wheel and now I found out that if I try to push the wheel to the sides it kind of moves a little. it feels like it's not secured to the hub. How do I fix that?...
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How to remove slider legs from old rst suspension fork?

I want to clean and lube my old rst suspension fork. So far I've failed to separate the slider legs from the frame to clean/lube the inside of the legs. There is a 4mm hex bolt on the bottom of ...
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Shifter doesn't reach bigger gears

My gear shifters (c. 2000 Shimano XT) will not shift to the bigger cogs (higher cable tension). Pushing the shift lever doesn't move the indicator past about half way so I can't reach the big cog on ...
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Barrel Adjuster hard to use and loose

This is a Shimano Tiagra ST-4500 shifter. More explicitly the problem is with the Tiagra Double controlling the front derailleur. 1) The barrel adjuster is hard to use because all parts around it ...
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What qualities of bicycle bearing grease?

What are the qualities of bicycle bearing grease that make it suitable for that use? (The reason I ask is that I need to get some and I'd rather get the non-bike equivalent grease at the auto parts ...
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Hydraulic brake not retracting sufficiently off the disk?

Sorry if this has been asked before (if it has, I haven't found it). I have Shimano hydraulic disk brakes (type BR-M486). The front one is beginning to make a slight noise even when I'm not using it:...