Questions tagged [sprocket]

A sprocket or sprocket-wheel is a profiled wheel with teeth that meshes with a chain. Bicyclists normally call the front sprocket attached to the cranks the "chainwheel" and the rear sprockets either "sprocket" or "cassette."

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Are single chainring mountain bikes usual?

I just bought my son a typical+ mountain bike in a typical Frech sports shop (a BTWIN 530 at Décathlon) and realized that it has only a single sprocket at the front, and 9 sprockets at the back: I ...
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What are the disadvantages of having an old, worn cogset?

I'm always a little wary of people telling me I should replace things on my bicycle that aren't broken. Because of this, I'd like to know details and symptoms about what happens if I ride my bike with ...
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What are the ridges seen on sprockets and chainrings for?

I've always wondered what these ridges below the teeth on sprockets are for. Can anyone enlighten me?
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Was I just sold a used cassette?

I just bought this Shimano HG41 cassette and I noticed that not all of the teeth and dips between them look the same. You can easily see this in the image that I included if you compare the teeth on ...
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Which lubricant/grease to use for ball bearings?

A little mishap happened today during cleaning my bicycle. I tried to take off the sprocket wheel for easier access, but instead I opened the lock nut of the hub (cassette type) and the balls came out....
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How much distance can I put on drivetrain components?

I figure the jockey wheels on my derailer will last nearly forever, but what about the rest: cassette, chainrings, and chain? How many miles, kilometers, or furlongs do they normally last? I know ...
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50/34 vs 52/36 crankset for 11-32 cassette (shimano 105 5800FC)

Following up on this enlightening answer, I would like to know the differences between 50/34(compact), 52/36(mid-compact) and 53/39 (standard). The cassette I am choosing is 11-32 to give me a wider ...
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Bent front sprocket

My chain just started to slip off my front gears and it happens within a minute of riding. I discovered that the middle sprocket is bent. This leads me to my questions: How much should a LBS charge ...
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How can I keep my chain from derailing from the front sprocket under load?

I've watched the chain derail from the front sprocket, and there is considerable flex that is causing it. I'm a big guy with an athletic build (6'7"/280lbs), and it's a big-box bike, so I'm not ...
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What difference does the range of gear size matter?

I get the idea of ratios and the obvious that a smaller gear on the front and a larger one on the back will give you an easier end result but what difference does the range of a chainset or groupset ...
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What does marking like “aq/ar” on the sprocket mean?

Shimano sprockets are marked with short strings like "aq/ar", "bg", "as/au/be" and others. For example, "bj bk" can be read on the image below: It looks like they mean the hyperglide series to which ...
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Why do some people leave the chain sitting on the smaller sprocket when the bike is not used for a while?

I guess it is something related to the springs in the derailleur. But is it that important?
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Switch to a larger sprocket on child bike with coaster brakes

I bought two used bikes for my children, both with 16 inch wheels. I was surprised to see that one child has to pedal much faster to go the same speed as the other child, and discovered the two bikes ...
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Can you reverse the sprockets on a cassette to lengthen its lifespan?

I know my bike's rear cassette needs replacing, but before I do that, is it feasible to dismantle the 8 sprockets to reverse their spin? Can you increase the lifespan of a cassette by letting the cogs ...
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What are the widths of Shimano 8, 9, and 10 speed cassettes?

I was hoping that someone could provide me with the precise Shimano road-bike 8, 9, and 10 speed sizes for the following: Cassette Spacer Width Cog/Tooth Width Maximum Chain Width
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How do I properly torque a track cog lockring?

I see a torque rating is stamped onto a lot of track cog lock rings: However, I cannot find a way to use a torque wrench when tightening the lock ring. All the tools I've found, like Park Tool's HCW-...
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Can an individual gear/cog on the rear cassette be replaced?

I'm trying to figure out how the rear cassette is put together, and I found this related question that suggests at least maybe the lowest gears can be replaced. I'm trying to figure out if in general ...
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What does “chain binding” mean?

I'm reading on chain tensioning, the generic idea is that if the chain is too loose it will fall off, if it's too tight it will "bind". I'm having an hard time understanding what "bind" means in this ...
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timing chain keeps dropping/derailing only with partner

For a volunteer project biking with blind riders (NiewidomiNatandemach.pl), we've been partnered up and provided a tandem bike, that seems new enough and in good condition. Unlike the guy behind me--...
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Which jockey wheel on top?

I've just bought a new pulley set for my rear derailleur but do not know which one goes on the top (nearest derailleur) and which one goes on the bottom. The wheels have arrows on them;vI suppose they ...
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Is the same effort required to maintain a set speed using different sized chainring / cog combinations with same ratio

If I have a bike with the same cranks setup with a 36t (chainring) / 12t (cog) ratio and the same bike setup with a 48t (chainring) / 16t (cog) ratio, would the effort required to maintain a set speed ...
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How to measure chainring / cog wear?

Other than attempting to estimate whether a chainring or cog is worn and needs replaced by eyballing it, is there any way to measure the wear on chainrings or cassette cogs so you can determine ...
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When shifting gears, how does a bike chain catch the new cog so reliably?

I think I understand the derailleur mechanism pretty well, yet I still find it surprising how the chain catches on the new cog so reliably. Is there something I'm missing? Is it just with the proper ...
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Does too high “B-tension” increase wear

This answer suggests that having B-tension adjusted so that the chain sits far from the cogs increases wear. Can anyone cite a source that says that? Experimental evidence would be preferable, but a ...
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How to remove this Mavic spoke cover from the rear wheel?

everybody How do I remove this spline cover from the rear wheel? I'm trying to replace a spoke, but I can't do so because the cover is blocking the way. I've tried using a flathead screwdriver to push ...
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Lockring spacer Shimano cassette

I recently purchased and am now installing a 9 speed Deore XT cassette sprocket (CS-M770) on a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC. It's replacing a CS-HG50-9, and is mounted on a Shimano rear hub (FH-M525)...
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How worn is this chainring?

I have the chainring shown below. It's the front sprocket of an ebike. Does this chainring need replacing or are the teeth still OK?
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Difference between two drivetrains with the same gear ratio?

Given two identical, fixed-gear bicycles, one with a 36/12 gear combination and another with 48/16, will there be any noticeable difference when pedaling these two bicycles? I understand there may be ...
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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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Why doesnt my chain fit on my cog?

I ride a fixed gear bike and I wanted to change the rear wheel, I'm sort of new to all the bike knowledge but i couldn't find an answer to this. i ride 46 x 18, i don't know if its good or bad, i can ...
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Gates belt drive front sprocket replacement

My Scott Sub 10 (2012) got damaged during transit and requires the front sprocket replaced. I have ordered the part which has since arrived but would like some advice on how to replace this. From my ...
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Where can I get a sprocket that works with a standard bicycle chain that mounts onto a 5/8" bore rod?

I'm trying to set up a bicycle powered machine (grain mill), and I want to drive a 5/8" diameter shaft with a standard bicycle chain. I'm trying to find a sprocket that is 5/8" bore that fits a ...
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Can i use a 10 speed hubbed wheel on my 7 speed/cassette bike?

I ride a 2005 Claud Butler San Remo with a Sora 7 cassette on the back. My back wheel has broke and is not repairable and I have bought an Ambrosio WS23 Wheel (700mm) with Bianchi hubs which I believe ...
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Rear sprocket clicks or points of engagement

I'm a dad learning about BMX racing and I want to know what the difference is between a sprocket which the bike shop says as 90 odd clicks, then starts talking about points of engagement. Does the ...
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Diagnose grinding sound from single rear cog

I've got a '70s-era ten-speed road bike with (what I think is) a Huret Eco rear derailleur which shifts well, but for some reason a loud grinding sound emits from the rear of the bike when using the ...
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Rear sprockets not turning easily

I recently bought a women's Schwinn "Clear Creek" 18-speed mountain bike at a yard sale. The rear derailleur is broken, and the rear sprockets are rusty and don't turn easily against the wheel. I ...
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smallest cog of cassette rubbing on seatstay

I built up a NOS late 90s steel frame with a similar era Campagnolo Chorus 9 speed groupset. Has gone well, except the stays/dropouts don't seem to quite like a 9 speed cassette. The second smallest ...
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Checking fixie for damage

This morning during my morning commute I had an unintended lesson in fixie skidding: I dropped the chain, it got stuck between the cog and the hub and locked the wheel. I'm not sure where that skill ...
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Why do my pedals shake and pop?

I just purchased a cruiser bike online that I had to assemble. When I rode it for the first time, I notice my pedals felt shaky, whether pedaling or coasting, and when I did pedal every few seconds ...
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Maillard sprocket: is really this rare?

Due to (understandably) large wear after 16 years of usage, I wanted to replace sprocket, chainwheel and chain on my byke. With my surprise the workshop where I took my byke was not able to find a ...
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Does effort require to pedal depend on the gear ratio or the gear inches?

I have a 20x1.75" 6-speed folding bike with 52x14-28t drivetrain. Even with the gearing at 52x14, ~3.71 ratio, I can still pedal uphill. I also have a 700x25C fixed gear with 49x17t gearing or ~2.88 ...
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Single Chainring Conversion

Just wondering if there is much point in having three chain rings on my MTB, I very rarely change gear on the front and I feel like having a single cog would make the bike lighter and also tidier as ...
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Cranksets for tandem with internal gear hub

I am thinking about assembling a trekking tandem bike. I would like to use an internal gear hub and put both chains on the right side of the bike. I have some questions about the cranksets: What ...
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Freewheel threading on Miche flip-flop hub

I'm currently building a parts list for a new single-speed bike. In the process, I came across a nice looking flip-flop hub from Miche: The "Primato Pista/Strada" I figured that adding the fixed ...
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How can I not break my sprocket next time

My sprocket was doing loud noises and when I looked at it, it looks like this https://imgur.com/gallery/kcISjFd I bought a new sprocket but I want to know, what can I do to avoid these types of ...
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Early Rider Belter hub maintenance

My son has had an Early Rider Belter for around 14 months. Recently, I've noticed the free-wheel sounds "gritty", and there is quite a bit of friction if you move the cranks backwards while the rear ...
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Which rear cog should I remove if I want to add a 26 for climbing?

I have an old road bike with 53-39 rings and 13-23 cassette. Although it's generally flat in my area, I like to get to the top of these hills where they put the radio antennas (without dying). Max ...
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Can I replace only the smallest cog on my rear cassette?

I currently have a 12-30t rear cassette which needs replacing. While I'm at it, I really want to switch to an 11 tooth to get the extra 9% in top speed. But the problem is, even the most expensive (...
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why do left shifters switch chainrings and right shifters cogs?

Can that be changed? Is it just convention? Is there any commercial bike that comes with a left-shifter that switches cogs?
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Replaced rear axle, now seems to wobble

I was replacing a tyre a couple of days ago, and noticed my rear axle had snapped. So I replaced the axle, just a normal road 10mm x 145mm, it's a basic Shimano sprocket set and no-name aluminium ...