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Location: Northampton, MA
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The lowest, lowest gears?
What BBoomer is getting at is, if you go from the big chainring in the front to the big sprocket in the back, it makes a lot of noise and might have a hard time staying in gear.
If you're on the little chainring and the big sprocket and it's doing that, it sounds to me like the low gear adjustment is too tight by a little. It'll be best if you watch someone fix it. It's not hard, but you can get your derailleur in your spokes if you bungle it, which would wreck derailleur and spokes alike.
If you want to see what I'm talking about, you can hit up Sheldon
and Park Tool
. If that seems like no big deal, then it's a 20 second repair.