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Old 12-13-03, 06:34 AM   #1
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Well, getting there (slightly)

As some of you know,l I am not much of a mechanic, and most of my work goes to my LBS for repairs.

Anyway, I wanted you to know that I am making just a tiny bit of progress.

I got the new bike, and it came in a box full of stuff unassembled, and I managed to get it assembled and adjusted all by my lonesome, including mounting the computer, getting the seat and bars and stem all together and mounted, even adjusting the front brake, getting pedals on, getting spindle through front axle, putting on water bottle holders and a frame pump, wedge, etc.

My next step will be to adjust the front and rear der, which rubs ever so slightly and is not doing lowest gearing properly. Now, adjusting the der's is going to be an entirely new experience, as I haven't a clue what all those adjusting screws actually do!

But, I have a book or two, and perhaps I will be able to figure it out.

The trainer makes a pretty nice bike stand for most purposes, and that is what I am using.

Thanks for reading.
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Old 12-13-03, 08:42 AM   #2
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Good Luck! The screws just limit the range that the derailer can move. One screw limits how far it can move away from the bike frame and the other screw limits how far it can move toward the bike frame (or spokes on the back der).
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As some of you know,l I am not much of a mechanic, and most of my work goes to my LBS for repairs.

Anyway, I wanted you to know that I am making just a tiny bit of progress.

My next step will be to adjust the front and rear der, which rubs ever so slightly and is not doing lowest gearing properly. Now, adjusting the der's is going to be an entirely new experience, as I haven't a clue what all those adjusting screws actually do!

Thanks for reading.
DnvrFox: Here is what I consider the best explanation of setting up dérailleurs correctly that I have ever seen. Print them out and keep it in your tool box

http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/FAQrindx.shtml for rear derailluers

http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/...railleur.shtml for front dérailleurs
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DnvrFox: Here is what I consider the best explanation of setting up dérailleurs correctly that I have ever seen. Print them out and keep it in your tool box

http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/FAQrindx.shtml for rear derailluers

http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/...railleur.shtml for front dérailleurs
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