Questions tagged [repair]

Repairing your bike when something is broken. REPAIR is not the same as MAINTENANCE, a separate tag. Repair is what one does only when something is broken. Maintenance is what one does on a regular basis.

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The lever came off my thru axle. Now what?

I have a bike with a 15x125mm thru axle at the front. I tried to unscrew the axle, but only the lever unscrewed (detached completely), leaving the axle in the fork. This leaves me with two questions. ...
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How to fix an old bike I found?

I'm new here and have a few questions if that's OK. I have been wanting to get a bike to ride around the beach town I'm close to so I mentioned it to my husband he asked what I wanted and I said we ...
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Bike doesn't brake immediately and comes to a squeaking stop. Do I need to get new brake pads?

I was given a bike by a friend (for free) and have taken advantage of biking over short distances to work and school. When riding I noticed that the braking is not immediate when I applied the brakes ...
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Trigger shifters partly malfunctioning

I cleaned my wife's 1999-vintage mountain bike, and because no good deed goes unpunished, I seem to have caused a problem in the process. This bike has a Shimano Deore 9-speed drivetrain with trigger ...
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Help with multiple item compatibility

I have a 2004 Jamis Dakar 3.0 My front wheel was stolen a few weeks ago and since I am not the best at bike mechanics I had a few questions. Wheel: When looking for wheel do I just need to look for ...
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Giant ATX 2 2017 axle size?

I have a Giant ATX 2 27.5 2017 and I broke my rear axle 😭. I sent it to my LBS, a week later they told me their axle fitted the front wheel but the back wheel was a different size. They haven’t got ...
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Tried to tighten the brakes, won't grip at all

I have a big problem. I know I could get this fixed with a mechanic, but really want to learn how to do it myself. I tried to fix (fool around) with my brakes a little the other day. The brakes are ...
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Restoring BSA bike - replacing rear wheel and freewheel

I'm trying to restore an old BSA bike. I want to salvage a Sebco freewheel from a very messed up wheel. I want to know what do I need to remove it. Am a newbie home mechanic so I know nothing. Since ...
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Bought used bike, Shimano derailleur does not work - how to repair or replace?

So I'm new to biking and I purchased a really good bike at a reasonable price. It's a 7 speed bike and as you can see the derailleur is messed up. I'm not sure how to find one that will work. I found ...
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How do I find a replacement Seat Post Binder screw for CAAD8

I was in my garage getting my bike ready for a ride, tightening up the seat post binder when I noticed it said 5NM on it so I decided to grab one of my cheap Harbor Freight torque wrenches from my ...
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Handlebar stolen along with gear shifter and brake triggers. What to do how much am i looking to spend?

So live in Redfern, Sydney, Australia. I keep my bike at my dad's and he asked me to lock my bike near the police station for a while because he was fixing up his apartment. This was before I left on ...
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compatible Shimano 3 speed left shifter (model: ST-EF51-AL)?

I have a Carrera Subway Limited edition 2014 with V brakes. The front gears don't shift any longer since I recently got caught in a lot of rain. I've been told by a cycle repair that I need to change ...
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Possible to identify sprocket without taking the bike apart?

I would like to change the chain and sprocket on my Centurion Basic 7 speed, as I have read that it is good practice to change the sprocket when changing the chain. It will be the first time I try ...
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Remove Maillard freewheel

I'm trying to open the freewheel from an old bike that I have, but I can't find how. I even searched for tutorials on the Internet but I can't find one that looks like mine (please see picture). And ...
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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 you determine which cassette lockring tool you need?

I'm looking to order the tool to remove the cassette lockring on my bike, but I'm not sure which tool to get. Is there a way to tell just by looking at it, or do I have to look it up using the make ...
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Plastic Seat for Vintage Kids Tricycle

Anybody can tell me where to find this type of plastic seat? It sits directly on the tube, and holds on with a bolt on the middle. Thanks.
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How to disassemble this v brake arm?

I have managed to repair 10yr old diamondback hybrid as different parts fail. I even disassembled the rear wheel to replace few spokes. But I cannot figure out how to disassemble the rear v-brake arm. ...
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Stripped threading on upper rear rack bracket

One of the rear rack holes on my aluminum frame have become stripped after a year of taking the rear rack off at least once a week. I've been using this bike for commuting and weekend riding, so I ...
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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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Can this bent (after crash) rigid steel fork get repaired?

I have this EBS (unknown model please help) rigid steel frame bike. Due to a recent crash, the fork was bent backwards and a little bit to the right, at the bottom bearing in the headset: Front View:...
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The bike shop won't fix my newly bought bike

I bought a new bike, a trek MTB marlin 7, and for the first moment (a week later) it started having issues, it was clicking awfully, the pedals broke, the brakes were rubbing, the mudguard broke which ...
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Is it possible to repair a dent on frame?

Hi, I found today dent on down tube (13/14cm from head tube). I have two questions: Is it possible to repair the frame? Is it safe to ride the bike after this Main frame is aluminum. The dent is ...
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Cracked chainstay weld — now what?

Yesterday while riding my Surly Ogre around town I noticed that it was making a weird metallic popping noise on the left downstroke. When I got home to take a look I was rather surprised to find that ...
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the thread for screwing in the pedal has been stripped on right side. Any way to avoid buying a whole new crank? [duplicate]

Put a new pedal in, and followed advice not to screw it in too hard. Unfortunately, I made it too loose... and the thread on the right crank is now almost completely stripped because the pedal was ...
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Rear tire wobbling and feels “tight.” Is it likely to be axle issue or no?

I've noticed that my bike's rear tire has slowly been downgrading, and beginning to wobble more and more. I took no notice of it because it did not affect the bike riding at first, but slowly started ...
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Can this frame be saved?

I had a little accident and went over the handlebars. I'm okay, I was able to ride the bike home, but it is obviously bent. Everything else on the bike seems to be fine, the wheels are true and ...
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Sidewall repeatedly splitting in same place on rim

Good afternoon, folks. Wondering if anyone has had this or a similar issue: I blew a tire a few weeks back and replaced the tube and tire after thoroughly inspecting the rim for damage. After a few ...
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Where should the brake calipers grasp the rotor?

The brake calipers on my front disc brakes appear to be grasping a bit further in than I would expect. You can see that the calipers do not grasp the outer ~15% of the rotor. I imagine that if they ...
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Investing into a fixed bike [closed]

Well, two weeks ago I bought this fixed-gear bike and although it was my first time buying one of its kind, I considered it was cheap. Problem here is that when I tried to search for any clue of the ...
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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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Diagnosing faulty circuit in vintage incandescent headlamp

I've got a steel-framed bike with incandescent lights, probably from the '70s. Unfortunately, despite all my efforts to get it working, the headlamp refuses to work. History About six months ago, ...
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Replace / Repair Diamondback bike stem

I have a Diamondback Edgewood 26" hybrid bike. I believe it is a 2008 model. Mostly it's a great bike and it certainly serves my needs right now. However, the stem has become loose so the ...
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Derailleur tension pulley thread damaged by vibration?

I have been riding my RD-5800 this week with a slightly misaligned hanger. It had some difficult shifting, but it was ridable. So the hanger alignment tool arrived today, and I decided to clean the ...
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Gear cable head stuck in Shimano Sora lever

During the replacement of gear cable (Shimano Sora 2017 brake/gear levers), I incorrectly threaded the gear cable, gave it a little tug, and now the head of the cable is stuck in the lever housing, ...
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What to do with scratched top tube on carbon fiber frame with no structural damage?

No physical damage, if i press into it nor while riding. I did wipe the surface to get rid of dirt and paint chip. Attached also a video to demonstrate the scratch. Should i put epoxy or tape or nail ...
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Replace or repair derailleur?

Typical situation. Derailleur goes into a wheel (for whatever reason) and rear derailleur cage is bent. If you were a customer would you rather have the derailleur replaced and know it is fixed, OR ...
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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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Best way to repair Neoprene gloves

I have a pair of Castelli Neoprene gloves. They are just over a year old and one of them has a tear up one of the gauntlet sleeves and various smaller holes on the thumb, fingers and the palm. All ...
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Did my bike shop con me into replacing both sets of Trek 7500 Hybrid disc rotors?

.... I recently purchased a Trek 7500 hybrid via Gumtree. I was warned in advance, prior to purchasing, that both front & rear brakes were 'squealing' but concluded that this could easily be ...
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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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Remove rounded nuts/bolts from wheel on old bike

I have an old bike I need to repair (including flat tyres!) Unfortunately it has rounded nuts on it and can't seem to unscrew them. Is there an easy non expensive way to remove them without damaging ...
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Repair priorities, bike wheel or brakes

Money's been a bit tight lately for a number of reasons and I commute 2 hours a day on my bike for work. Slowly, but surely my bike has taken a toll and I REALLY need to do some light maintenance on ...
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Worried I damaged my fork fitting crown race

I'm an idiot. I've been working on building up a Surly LHT frame and was all going fine until I got to fitting the crown race. I couldn't get it to fit properly and instead of making a cup of tea and ...
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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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How to remove rear hub covers

I'm trying to service my DT Swiss wheels. I watched some videos that show how to grease cartridge bearings but don't understand how to get to them. I tried to unscrew the ends using two adjustable ...
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Restoration and upgrading old bike

I have an old Huffy from my uncle that he bought at around the 90s and I'm thinking of restoring it and maybe upgrade some of the parts. But Huffy doesn't seem to have any much information for bikes ...
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Diagnosing buzzing sound when riding over uneven terrain

I've got an old steel-frame road bike which has started making a very unpleasant and worrying buzzing sound when riding over rough/uneven terrain (e.g. roads with lots of fissures/cracks, cobblestones ...
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Missing Link — which one, 7.3mm or 7.1mm?

KMC has two versions of their Missing Link, one that is 7.3mm and one that is 7.1mm. Both are advertised for 6/7/8 speed. The only difference appears to be the pin length, but it's unclear if you had ...
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How to disassemble a Topeak JoeBlow Sport II

OK... I searched everywhere, could not find a definitive answer. I've had the pump a few years and use it a lot on several bikes. I like my pump and want it to last as long as possible and I'd ...

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