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    New Freewheel and Shifter Tuning Suggestions

    I got my new freewheel from haris along with the tool for removing freewheels. I went from a 13-34 to a 11-28 in a search for some higher gears. This seems to have pretty well done what I wanted it to do. I really like the various gear selections offered by this arrangement.

    I have done some adjusting on the shifter in an attempt ot tune it. I'm sure I will get it right eventually but I was wondering if any of you had some techniques for shifter adjustment you would like to share. I have no special tools or any good way to hold the bike off the ground. So it's just me and a couple screwdrivers and a little trial and error work. The shifters on this bike are SRAM if that makes a difference.

    Thanks for anything you'd care to share.

    Fred

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    Senior Member Bill Kapaun's Avatar
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    I think you mean derailleur adj???
    See if this link helps.

    http://sheldonbrown.com/derailer-adjustment.html

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    Member fredgold52's Avatar
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    Yes, you are correct, I did mean derailer, I just didn't know it. Thanks for the article, it's very helpful.

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    I'd also suggest that when you get REAL close on your adjustments to hop on it and ride it a bit, going through all the gears. On my bike, it seems things "settle in" a little differently when they are being used, compared to just "static" adjustments. You'll mighthave to do a little bit of "tweeking" over the next couple days to get it "dialed in" perfectly.

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    Just do it! Keep fussing with it and you'll eventually get it. The experience that you gain along the way will stay with you for the rest of your life.

    I've done a lot of bike tuneing and repairs on bikes that were either hanging from the front wheel or dangling from a piece of rope looped around the nose of the saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
    Just do it! Keep fussing with it and you'll eventually get it. The experience that you gain along the way will stay with you for the rest of your life.

    HA! That's how I've learned most everything I know, much to the amusement of my wife and friends. I've got a box of bent, melted and otherwise damaged Vespa parts in my garage. The replacement cost of which represents the tuition I paid to learn about classic scooters. I see no reason to change my learning style now. But that doesn't keep me from asking advise from those who have gone before.

    Thanks for the rope idea. That sounds promising and it shoud have a certain entertainment value as well.





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    Quote Originally Posted by fredgold52
    HA! That's how I've learned most everything I know, much to the amusement of my wife and friends. I've got a box of bent, melted and otherwise damaged Vespa parts in my garage. The replacement cost of which represents the tuition I paid to learn about classic scooters. I see no reason to change my learning style now. But that doesn't keep me from asking advise from those who have gone before.
    My kind of guy!

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