Questions tagged [mechanical]

Repairs, maintenance, mechanical issues, or drivetrain parts.

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Stiff Shifting Levers

I was helping a friend build a bike from used ultegra 6700 components, and for some reason the shifting levers feel really stiff or difficult to shift, particularly when increasing in cable tension (...
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Is it necessary to reinforce a carbon fiber steer tube?

There seems to a belief circulating online that carbon fiber steer tubes need to be reinforced with the compression plug specifically underneath the clamp points of the stem. If this is true, why isn'...
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How to remove a stuck SRAM AXS (Dub) crankset

I wanted to remove my relatively new SRAM RED eTap AXS crankset from my bike and I'm having problems trying to loosen (meaning: being unable to) the main 8mm hex bolt on the drive side, the step shown ...
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Where are the bearings in thru axle hubs?

So I’ve looked all over the internet to find an anatomy picture of a thru axle hub, because I don’t understand where the bearings go, and I can’t find anything helpful. Can anyone help me understand ...
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Loose spokes after only a few rides

I have recently joined the cycling world after committing to losing weight. I am a heavy rider at about 28st (390 lbs) and have after some advice gone for a GT Avalanche. I have had the bike less than ...
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Clicking noise when cranks rotate

I've got an old `86 Raleigh fixed gear bicycle that is making a loud clicking noise when the cranks rotates. It seems to have just started doing this today. I'm looking for someone who, maybe has ...
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Chain getting stuck between large chain ring and front mech when changing into big ring

15+ year old Scott MTB. When changing gear from mid to large chain ring the chain gets pinched between the mech and the large chain ring. Tried adjusting the max min screws, problem persists. Old bike ...
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Lost power when chain is not lubricated properly

Does anybody know how much power is lost when the chain is not lubricated properly? I drive a rather heavy bike and experienced that when the chain is not lubricated it definitely has an effect. Can ...
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Mechanical disc rotor for CUBE MTB - front wheel : Shimano 559x17-21c

Seeking advice with regards to the size of disc brakes for front wheel. Cube mountain bike. Front wheel: Shimano 559x17-21c. Disc brake: Shimano brake disc sm-rt 10 Centre Lock 160mm Could you ...
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How to fix a crack in a silicone grip

I have a brand new pair of silicone grips. Somehow, one of the grips got a crack. Its mostly an aesthetic issue, as no fragments of the grip where lost. Is there any glue appropriate for silicone to ...
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Replacing an FSA chainring

I would like to replace my chainring for a bigger one. I looked up my bike specs and it comes with a FSA CK-316BT, KSS, 42T chainring. I couldn't find any information about this, so I don't know how ...
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How can I un-seize track nuts?

I bought a set of these about 18 months ago now and for a little while they continued to work as they should but then now they're seized up. Is there anything (short of ordering another pair) I can ...
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What's that thing at the bottom of the fork steerer?

You know that slanted metal thing on the bottom of the fork steerer that can slide around? Like, the diagonal cut thing at the end that you insert into the hole when you assemble a bicycle? What is ...
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What's this part from inside the steering tube?

I wanted to replace a stem with a new one, so I first tried to screw the top cap off. What happened is that instead of the cap, the piece in the picture came out. What is the name? Is it bad that it ...
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How to change small chainring

I have a bike with a 46/36T crankset (FSA Gossamer Cross BB30) and I'd like to change the small chainring to an even smaller one. ​Googling around ​suggests that the smallest chainring I can get for ...
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What are cheap options for an extra set of brake levers for mechanical disk brakes?

A quick question. I want to have an extra pair of brake levers for my mechanical disk brakes set at a different position on my handlebar(s), and I want the whole upgrade to cost as little as possible. ...
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Wrench to be used with a bottom bracket tool?

It looks like a wrench with a cup at the endpoint. I was wondering what is this tool called and whether it's meant to be used by itself or in combination with a bottom bracket tool, like the PT BBT-22,...
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How to find a fitting drivetrain

I'm currently building up a new bike from a vintage Scott Windriver MTB frame. My plan is to install a Shimano Zee 10-Speed drivetrain because I don't really need more gears in my area, I want it to ...
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Rear gear change misses 1 gear

Hi I have a 9 speed setup with the derailleur that springs to the largest cog. My problem is that when I change through the gears one at time it misses 1 whole gear in the middle. It doesn't sit and "...
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Why does my chain have a single hollow pin?

I have some version of a SunRace 10-speed chain, and I'm curious as to why it seems as though each pin is a regular "non-hollow" pin, and a single one on the chain is hollow. Is this some kind of a ...
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How to configure my rear suspension

I recently bought a second hand bike, that got through quite some repairs and testing at a nearby bike store. They fixed some issues and put the bike into cycling condition, as well as changing the ...
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Help! I've rounded off my bolts!

I was working on my bike and was about to add some more tension to my SLX clutch mech. While trying to remove the clutch cover I accidentally rounded off the bolts, so I have no way of getting the ...
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Bike re-assembly gear and noise issues

I had an old general purpose bike that I wanted to use exclusively with my new turbo trainer. I ended up taking it apart almost completely and of course I did not take pictures so re-assembly was a ...
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How to reassemble a completely disassembled brake caliper?

I have mechanical disk brakes in my XC bike and in the process of replacing the brake pads, I completely opened the insides of the brake caliper. There were three ball bearings and a spring attached ...
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Mechanical disc brakes lacking stopping power

I bought a carbon road bike about 4-5 months ago with Tektro Spyre dual pivot mechanical disc brakes. Love the bike except for the brakes :( Brakes are not too bad on the flat but when going ...
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Are my cable disc brakes knackered?

Well, I bought a bike called "Iron Horse" and the bike has front and rear mechanical disc brakes. The brakes, upon inspection, have no writing at all (The manufacturer was too scared to put their ...
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What's the name of the tool to bevel bar ends?

I noticed the mechanic at my LBS used a tool to smooth out and bevel the end of the steering tube after cutting it. It looks like a useful tool to smooth out the edge of bar ends as well. It's round ...
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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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Replacing Mechanical Disk Brake cables

I am having problems with replacing brake cables on rear wheel. The bicycle has mechanical disks. I removed old cable successfully and I've put the new one in. The thing is that I feel like it's not ...
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Is it normal for a bike to skid even after both brakes are applied?

When I apply both brakes going at moderate speed, it takes a few feet before the bike stops and I can hear the rear tire skidding. The brake pad seems to be working fine since the wheels themselves ...
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Broken stem tube – LBS “just” lowered handlebars. Is this safe?

I have asked this elsewhere on the internet as well, but this is the Stack Exchange adaptation. I have three related questions and I'll try to make it clear what they are. Here's some background ...
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Bike brake cables popping out of brake handles

A couple days ago I got in a small bike crash and since then both my front and back brakes have this issue. As shown in the picture, the metal ends of the cables come out of the handles when I squeeze ...
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Is the ticking of a free spinning wheel related to its quality? [duplicate]

I have often noticed that, whenever a race bike is running with free wheel (so no active pedals movements), I can hear a distinct "tick tick tick tick" coming from the rear wheel, sounding more or ...
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Stuck gear hub on the way into a gear on an internal geared hub

My bike recently got stolen :( therefore I have borrowed a bike with an internal gear hub from my stepdad, which was working fine until recently when the pedals just wouldn't turn whenever I switched ...
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Inconsistent headset tightness and squeaking

I own a Trek 1.5 road bike, purchased new around June 2012. The headset (original, never replaced) has recently been experiencing some interesting issues: About 4 weeks ago, the headset began ...
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What is this ring on these bottom brackets?

Ordered a few bottom brackets; I've never seen this ring before. I can imagine its purpose, but that imagining takes me to consider that this could be problematic (bottom out before bolt is tight). So ...
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Mechanical cable-actuated disc brakes started working really badly

Currently I have a cyclocross bike with Tektro Lyra mechanical cable actuated disc brakes with 160mm wave rotors. I have had issues with the brakes for some time now, mainly my fault, I accidently ...
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Unable To Adjust Mechanical Disc Brakes Properly

I have a very puzzling problem with the front mechanical disc brakes on a big-box retailer mountain bike. Nothing fancy, and it used to work well for over a year but since I last dismantled it to ...
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Road Bike overhaul [closed]

Can someone recommend a complete step by step book or other media that can help me with this project I am about to take on. Please include the list of tools too. I have an old Jamis road bike I would ...
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New Bike + Disc Brake Shuddering: Cause and Fix?

I recently bought a new bike (cx steel frame, carbon fork, disc brakes) that I am using as a commuter/all-rounder bike. My question is similar to questions that have already been asked concerning ...
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Freezing headset cups to ease installation - does this actually work?

Sometimes it can be a tight fit installing a headset cup / race. Bike forums are full of people saying putting the cup in the freezer helps installation based on their anecdotal, uncontrolled ...
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Loose brake cable hook bushing inside the brake/shifter hood

I noticed a slight clicking noise and a resistance when squeezing the right (from the bicyclist's point of view) brake. Inside the hood, I can see a white rubber thingy (pivot bushing, thanks mikes) ...
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Campagnolo rear mech with Sram groupset

Is it possible to install a Campagnolo Record 11 speed mechanical rear derailleur on a bike that is otherwise equipped with a Sram Force 11 speed groupset? Has anyone ever used a similar setup and if ...
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Tektro Novela MD-M311 mechanical disc brake replacement [duplicate]

I have bought an electric mountain bike with Tektro Novela MD-M311 mechanical disc brakes and love the bike; however I find the brakes squeal quite badly, and I am looking at replacing the rotors and ...
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My rear wheel isn't properly spinning. How can I tell whats wrong?

I'm just getting back into cycling after a long hiatus. My bike is a little old and worn and its got some issues. The biggest one is the rear wheel. My rear wheel spins, but it seems to be off center....
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Reverse Gear in Bicycles

For an ordinary bicycle (neither fixed gear nor capable of changing any gears). Is it possible to modify it to have a reverse gear on it? (i.e. reverse pedaling causes the bicycle to go backward) (...
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Disk brake rotor feels loose

Hey guys I've noticed my disk brake being "lose", I'm probably going to consult with LBS anyway but heres how I can describe it: the [rear] disk it self is not significantly more lose than the front ...
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Dutch Bike Winter Cleaning

I am asking this question as I ride a dutch bike (chain guard, mud flaps etc) so my chain is not directly impacted by salt on the roads. However, seeing that there is a lot of water splashing with a ...
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Back wheel started moving backwards when pedalling backwards

I have a 10 year old cheap 21 speed mountain bike that I have only ever done basic maintenance on (replacing inner tubes, tyres, brake pads, lubricating chain etc). I have just noticed that when I ...
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rear shifter lever gets stuck when shifting gears

All the shifting was working smoothly until my bike fell off to the ground (edit1: to my right side hitting the right side of the bike) with me couple days back. Now after about a week when I took my ...