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my daughter got a S'Cool bike that's a 3 speed internal hub gear system. It works fine in the first two speeds but when it goes to third gear it makes a bit of noise - like a small "whizzing" sound ...

BACKGROUND NOTE: The bike is a 1992 Univega MTB that originally came with 6-speed SIS with a triple chainring. I removed the SIS shifter when it broke, and went with a friction shifter. The bike is ...

My rear derailleur is making some noise and I'm having trouble diagnosing the cause. It seems like it's coming from the rear cogs and sounds similar to chain noise. I'm re-building my bike after an ...

What is the best chain and gear lubricant used by pro cyclists either for maintenance or for racing and how often is it recommended to apply? I have limited knowledge and so I have always simply used ...

I've seen chains with so many colours, white, red, you name it. I would like to give it a try (this paint job is intended for visual styling of the bike, nothing related to protecting it), but I have ...

Setting chain length

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My chain broke and in a moment of silliness (I was cold wet and slightly annoyed) I threw the broken one away before thinking about measuring the new one. Is there a guide to getting the chain ...

I would like to know what methods there are to size chain length on a derailleur geared bike. There should be more than one answer, so there are effectively no wrong answers - don’t be shy. What are ...

Can I use a chainring designed for 6/7/8 speed with a single speed, 1/8" chain? The rear wheel only has a single cog - no derailleurs.

Weird problem. My mtb makes this clicking noise at the same spot when i pedal. It sounds like its coming from the crank but if i backpedal it goes away for about 5 minutes and then comes back. Is it a ...

I have a Mongoose XR-150. Just brought it from Craigslist a month ago. Suddenly while biking today, the rear wheel got jammed. It just stopped moving, however hard I tried to pedal. Immediately ...

Not so long ago I put a new PYC SP1101 chain on my bike, but several rides in I managed to snap the rear derailleur off, which also bent a bunch of chain links. No way I'm throwing a perfectly good, ...

I'm having a bit of trouble getting my back wheel on after replacing my chain. There is a wobble once per revolution. It wobbles such that, if viewed from above, it appears to spin straight for most ...

Was pedalling up steep hill on gravel road. No gear change. Just seemed to go mid push. Was very steep and out of saddle....had to push the remainder of way! 🙈

For a long time I have been having issues with chain skipping on my 1999 Trek 6500. I took a video to illustrate exactly what I mean by "skipping": Over the last ...

Is it compatible to use a Sram quick link on a Shimano chain (both 11sp.)?

My bike has had an ongoing issue for a couple of months. Most of the time I pedal there is a constant squeaking noise (which I can't pinpoint but seems to be from the chain). This noise only occurs ...

I recently cleaned and lubed my chain, havent had a chance to ride it yet, but if I leave the chain alone for a day or 2, it seems to seize up. It takes a lot of effort to backpedal it free. After ...

Someone recently told me that if I replace my cassette I need to replace my chain (and vice versa) so that they wear evenly. Is this true? And, can anyone elaborate on the reasoning for this a bit ...

On my bike I found that when I backpedal, if the chain isnt perfectly straight, it is prone to shift to a more central gear. E.g would be if on the small chainring and the largest cog, backpedaling ...

I was reading an article about the CeramicSpeed’s Driven concept and, while not interested in the efficiency part, the chainless system reminded me of something I was wondering for some time: are ...

I have been running an 8 speed cassette/freewheel, don't which cuz I never checked before it seized the other day.I was using it with a 7 speed shifter, not ideal I know but it worked OK just used 7 ...

I have a foldie which recently seemed a bit harder to pedal. Specifically back pedaling seems harder than it should be (if I kick the pedal back, it barely travels a quarter or half turn. I noticed ...

When I change the gear from 3 to 2 the gear shifter does not properly change the gear. It will just move to gear 1 then it pops off. I put the chain back but it still had the same problem.. I don't ...

I have an old bike in which the rear axle is like you can see in the pictures below. It has pedal-brake. I've been struggling with the wheel alignment with respect to the bike. Each time I put it in, ...

Bicycles are getting evolved with good technologies or methodologies as the period changes. Now, this one bike, so called string bike has been introduced, which doesn't have chain, derailleur but ...

This problem has consumed a lot of time and resources and has yet to be solved. This is a basic Giant Iguana mtb, with a Deore rear derailleur, SRAM 950 9-sp cassette, Truvativ chainrings, Shimano ...

After my chain has broken what should I know about buying and maintaining a new chain (apart from lubing it and replacing when it 'stretches')? Do you keep a spare chain, or a spare link? I have a ...

Do half link chains work on any bike? What is the purpose of a half link chain? I've noticed that only BMXers and DJers use them, and that leads me to believe there is a technical reason behind ...

I have a Bosch/Rohloff bike that currently uses a 3/32 chain. Seems like that's the standard for Rohloff hubs. Problem is, I'd much rather use a 3/16 chain, i.e. a chain that's exactly twice as thick. ...

I've bought the Shimano HG40 chain which is advertised as a 5,6,7 and I think 8 speed chain. I've just received it and it also says 15,18,21,24. (Obviously including the front gears). My bike is a 2x6 ...

I'm the third owner of this trike and I ride it EVERY day.I noticed a few days ago that I had no resistance when pedaling and then this morning it stopped altogether, I hopped off and checked it. The ...

This is my first bike ever assembled, I’m a total newbie. I’ve just finished to put chain/cog and did my first try of chain tensioning. All components are new, but still I don’t understand why there’...

I have an almost brand new Supercycle bike and for some reason, the chain keeps breaking on it. What could I be doing wrong

Chain skipping on some gears

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I have an old cruising bike with 21 gears. A few months ago I was pedalling back home when my chain broke, and I was only able to get the chain replaced this week. After having it replaced I noticed ...

I am riding MTBs for over 8 years and either the rules and tools to measure the chain wear do not work or I don't understand how to use them.. I have bought Canyon Exceed with 1x11 SRAM drivetrain. I ...

I just installed a new Shimano 105 11sp chain on my bike using a park tool chain tool to put in the pin. But I screwed it up 3 times 🙄. After each time, I popped out the pin and used a new pin (ended ...

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 ...

My bicycle currently has poor chainring/rear sprocket alignment (as in the chain at the front is more than a chain's width from the chain at the rear). I'm wondering what the procedure is to correct ...

So my biggest frustration with my bike is that because of weather, abuse and bumpy trails the chains eventually come off. Unfortunately this often happens in the least ideal situation. Is there a ...

Sometimes, when I put a lot of pressure on my pedals while accelerating or skidding, my pedals "drop" like when your cog is unscrewing. I have a lock ring, so it's not unscrewing. I've recently ...

I've used to ride with 3x10 setup on my MTB. Now I've got a new one with 2x10 (Avalanche 9R Expert). The question is: do I need to worry less or more about chain crossing on this bike? This is not a ...

I changed the chain of my singlespeed. I though it was going to be something really simple and quick, but I was completely wrong... I keep getting a lot of noise while I'm pedaling (unless I go ...

This has been bugging me for a while. The Ultegra has no visible wear. The chain has no measurable stretch. The Deore is silent even when dirty and not oiled. The Ultegra is much noisier when freshly ...

The original bicycle chains were of a "bushingless" design, then later they came up with a roller chain design that utilized bushings, this was later updated again to the chains we are used to today ...

My bike is equipped with Shimano Ultegra CN-HG701-11 chain. After only 600 km I measured it with ParkTool CC-2 and it gives 0.75% wear. ParkTool says For 11 and 12-speed chain, replace at or just ...

I have a park chain checker CC-3.2 which has two sides to indicate when a chain reaches .5% and .75% wear. However, since I often have some filthy chains due to off-road riding and daily commuting ...

I'm new to cycling. I have a Soma Saga with SRAM X7 derailleur and Apex shifters. I have ridden about 200 miles on it. When I'm cycling, sometimes my gears shift/jump to the next gear on their own. I ...

I've seen formulas to calculate chain length for multi-speed bikes, but I need something for single speed. Example: 42T Chainring 17T Cog 406mm (16") Chainstay Length The answer in this case should ...

My bike chain cleaning spray has evaporated from its can while I stored it in my room after having closed it normally. I have used it only four times. Actually about a half of the bottle should be ...

I'm looking to get a new bike which will require the smallest amount of maintenance. The bike will have an internally-geared hub and I have the choice of single speed chain or belt drive. I have ...

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