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Cassette Compatibility Issues [closed]

Because I sit at home playing games in doodle jump too much, I decided to buy a bicycle to exercise.
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Small metal pellets in a new frame

I am working on assembling a new boxed bike (aluminum Kona Libre), starting by tearing it completely down and making sure all components are properly installed, greased and adjusted. The headset felt ...
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Brakes rubbing on ride after centering, brand new bike

I recently purchased a new mountain bike. The brakes are Clark M2 hydraulic disc brakes. The bike came pre-assembled except for the pedals, handlebars, and front wheel. I don't see anything wrong with ...
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Worth repairing?

I’m a complete noob getting back into cycling after 15 years of not riding. And loving it! But I bought a bike about 4 years ago and started using it and now it’s got a heap of problems, which I've ...
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Carbon fiber aesthetics vs. poor craftsmanship vs. possible repair? [duplicate]

Today a N.O.S. 2016 Stumpjumper FSR carbon frame set arrived, and I'm not impressed with some aspects of the way the carbon fiber front triangle appears. My CF experience is limited having only owned ...
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What is this U shaped metallic piece with 2 holes?

I recently assembled a new bike I bought, but this piece was not mentioned in the instruction manual and I was not able to figure out by searching myself either. I tried putting it under the seat but ...
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Tightening torque for a Surly bike

I just bought a Surly steamroller frame and I am about to mount my bike. I would like to know the tightening torque related to my frame or other components of my bike that is recommended by Surly. But ...
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Trouble w/ Zycom Bike Clamp

I have a Zycom 1st balance bike and I’m trying to put it together with terrible instructions and common sense. Anyway the clamp that is supposed to go around the handle bars’ bar and the front wheel ...
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Brake cable prevents handlebars from turning

I just got a bike off of Amazon and I'm not sure how well-assembled it is. I had to attach the handlebar, front wheel (quick-release), and pedals. The rest came pre-assembled. I can turn the ...
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Why do my handle bars wobble from side to side?

I am a gramma with my first electric bike. When I ride I notice my handlebars and wheel tend to flip from side to side a lot. Is this because I am out of practice riding or does something need ...
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Chain slips off chainrings with a lot of pedal force

I have a 2001 Raleigh R600 road bike. It wasn’t ridden much when I got it, and I’ve recently been putting some miles on it. It was a 3x9 speed with 9 speed components. I just changed: Wheels Cassette:...
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New bike disc brake noise

I have just bought a brand new bike which was put together in the store and the disc brakes, which I have never had before, make a very slight scratching noise. Does this need altering or is it fine ...
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Handlebar re-alignment

I have just bought a new bike. However it was delivered with the handlebars at 90 degrees to the front wheel. How do I align them? The bike is a Carrera Vengeance ebike.
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Assemble gravel bike from parts

Is there any guide or what should I know to assemble a bicycle from parts instead of buying a complete new one ?
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What do I need to grease when assembling a new bike?

I just took delivery of my first road bike. I guess it's an entry-level to intermediate level bike. I need to do a bit of assembly, and there weren't any instructions. It seems reasonably ...
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Is there a simple way to hack a bicycle so it moves back and forth based on pedaling back and forth?

Can we make changes in flywheel so that cycle can move back upon pedaling back?
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Swapping parts from old bike to new frameset

I have a Piave (around 2009-ish year) road bike with a frame that has become to small for me. It has pretty good components i.e Shimano Ultegra and threadless stem etc. There is a 2014 S-Works Venge ...
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Road bike shipped with one of the brake cable heads disconnected from the brake lever

Is there an easy fix for this? From what I can see, looks like I have to remove the handlebar tape, and route the cable from the handle bar through the casing etc like new. I got the bike from the "...
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Front brakes need to be further apart to fit the front wheel through

My new bike has arrived boxed and partly built. The manual is generic and unclear. The front brakes need to be widened to fit the wheel, it says to 'disengage the cable guide tube from it's yoke'. Not ...
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Which bike multitool should I get for a cannondale trail 3 2019? Which other tools will I need?

I have just purchased a Cannondale Trail 3 2019 online and the bike will arrive pre-assembled in a box. I am new to bikes and mtb, I have no tools or anything. I saw online I require a multitool and ...
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Downhill bike frame conundrum

So I am starting a bike from scratch and really want a downhill frame as I'll be riding downhills and commuting. How and what parts could I use and add to the frame so it is able to commute though I ...
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Bike makes noise while 2 out of 3 gears

I assembled a new bike. It rides smooth in first gear but makes a particular noise in 2nd and 3rd gear. It doesn't seem to be from the wheel because it's not there if I turn the wheels in air, but it ...
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Got a new frameset, don't know why I need this split ring collar?

I can work out all the bits of the semi integrated headset, the star fangled nut for the steerer, but I can't see why I need this? It has similar diameter to the steerer tube, is it a spacer? I don't ...
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Minimum chainstay/crankset clearance

I have just finished to assemble a track bike (Cinelli Mash Parallax with Sugino DD75 crankset). Here is a picture of the distance between the right chainstay and the crank spider. I am anxious by ...
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Pedals not turning

So Christmas day and it seems the new bikes I bought the kids aren't quite going to plan! On my daughters 6 speed Viking Belgravia the pedals are not turning and the chain keeps coming off and on my ...
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How to insert fork ring tightly?

I try to insert back the fork in my bicycle. When I was removing it, after unscrewing everything the fork didn't come off by itself, I had to pry and remove aluminium ring which was the last element ...
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Raleigh Alpine 4.2 Shimano front wheel and rear brakes assembly

Hi I recently purchased a Raleigh Alpine 4.2 Shimano. I am having a bit of difficulty with assembling the bike. Would anyone be able to assist with fitting the front wheel. I have included pictures ...
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Rayleigh Alpine handle bar assembly

Hi I recently purchased a Rayleigh Alpine 4.2 Shimano. I am having a bit of difficulty with assembling the bike. Would anyone be able to assist with fitting the handle bar. I have included pictures of ...
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Question on new bike assembly

If I order a Fat Bike online it will come in a box. Is the assembly hard to do for someone fairly good with their hands?
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New Schwinn 700c (bike in a box) assembly

I just got my bike delivered and having more difficulty than I thought putting it together. After buying proper tools it should be okay. Aside from set up tips, does the suggestion about like ...
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What are these washers that came with my front wheel quick release?

I just bought my first bike in probably a decade (Schwinn Discover hybrid bike). There is a quick release for the front wheel. The skewer had a nut, lever, 2 springs, and these 2 washers on it. The ...
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How should I install the front wheel of a Muddyfox Bike (UK)

This is my first bike ordered online and I don't have much experience in assembling. My problem is with the front wheel, which according to the assembly guide just fit into the fork. However there ...
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Specialized Pitch 2017 clicks like its changed gear but hasnt

I purchased a Specialized Pitch 2017 basic model 1 1/2 weeks ago. When I'm in gear 13 (most comfortable gear to ride on), and put extra pressure on the ride (standing up, pedal faster, harder) it ...
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How to correctly mount double-lock grips?

I have a pair of PRO double lock-on grips (id est two lock rings per grip). In a recent crash, following an immensely helpful tip from a fellow rider, I clung to one end of the handlebars, turning the ...
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How to attach bell with metal bracket

I've got a big old "ding dong" bell which has got a metal bracket and a screw for affixing it to the bike rather than the more modern "clamp"-style attachment: How does one attach this properly to ...
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Best Time to buy new bike? [duplicate]

I have been looking around bikes for a while tried about 10 bikes already and rode about 10 miles on each of them and I think I have come to a conclusion about which one to buy (or did I?) But the ...
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Do Bike stores allow you to ship a bike to them to assemble?

I live in Orlando, Florida, and I am stuck with no transportation besides public buses, taxis, etc. as my bike literally fell apart in pieces in the middle of a road. I am looking to purchase a new ...
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Brake hard on new cycle

I saw someone after buying a new bicycle (a hybrid), pulled the brake as hard as he could for few seconds and dragged the cycle along while braking like that, 1 brake per centimeter. Why did he do ...
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How much assembly is required when an LBS orders a bike?

I'm looking to order a Marin Lombard Elite from my LBS but I want to replace the FSA BB and crankset with Shimano or SRAM parts, and change to a 52/36. When my LBS orders it, does all of that come ...
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Guidelines for building a road bike

I am planning to build a road bike for 5-10km transportation purposes and I want to build it part by part because I only earn $30 to $60 per semi-month (monthly bills are included, that's what I earn ...
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Is there a recommended way to center your handlebars?

Is there a best practice for centering your handlebars in the stem? Besides eyeballing it, I actually tried measuring distances but found that depending on where I measured from and to I got different ...
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Assembly of New Bike

I purchased a new mountain bike online. As I understand it, new bikes are usually shipped only partially assembled, but I don't really know what to expect. Will it just be a matter of attaching ...
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