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    Mounting Rear Derailleur on Nishiki Century

    I recently picked up a Nishiki Century road bike (large frame). The rear derailleur was not mounted when I got it, it was just hanging on the chain. I took the chain off, and cleaned the derailleur. The problem is, I'm not sure how it's supposed to mount on the frame. There doesn't seem to be any holes to bolt it on. I'm including a picture of both the mounting point and the derailleur.

    I'm stumped. Any ideas?
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    The DER hanger is pointing the wrong way.
    I'm guessing this isn't the original DER?
    The hanger has a hole for the hanger mounting bolt, but the drop out doesn't.
    At least, the eyelet doesn't look like it's lined up well enough with the drop out, but you could try it.

    It appears, you're pretty much stuck with using the axle nut to hold the DER in place.
    Are the drop outs "open" enough to even take an axle?
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    The hanger isn't backwards I don't think, I was just holding it upside down. As to whether it's original or not, I don't have any idea.

    The mounting bolt hole and the eyelet do not line up at all. I tried using the axle nut to hold it, but that didn't work very well, because there are two strange bumps on the hanger that keep it from being flush with the dropout. Would it work to make a hole in the dropout to line up with the mounting hole?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve88 View Post
    I recently picked up a Nishiki Century road bike (large frame). The rear derailleur was not mounted when I got it, it was just hanging on the chain. I took the chain off, and cleaned the derailleur. The problem is, I'm not sure how it's supposed to mount on the frame. There doesn't seem to be any holes to bolt it on. I'm including a picture of both the mounting point and the derailleur.

    I'm stumped. Any ideas?

    The little hole should capture a D-nut that centers the derailleur hanger on the dropout. Go to your LBS to get one or just have them mount it.
    Derailleur Part Pyramid Bracket Bolt/Nut Small Only
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve88 View Post
    The hanger isn't backwards I don't think, I was just holding it upside down. As to whether it's original or not, I don't have any idea.

    The mounting bolt hole and the eyelet do not line up at all. I tried using the axle nut to hold it, but that didn't work very well, because there are two strange bumps on the hanger that keep it from being flush with the dropout. Would it work to make a hole in the dropout to line up with the mounting hole?
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    I could be wrong, but it looks like the little bumps are meant to sit in the back of the slot in the dropout and are meant to stop the claw pivoting around the axle. They take the place of the D nut, except they won't keep the derailler in place with the wheel removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steev View Post
    I could be wrong, but it looks like the little bumps are meant to sit in the back of the slot in the dropout and are meant to stop the claw pivoting around the axle. They take the place of the D nut, except they won't keep the derailler in place with the wheel removed.
    The bumps position the d-nut and keep it from rotating

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    Quote Originally Posted by vettefrc2000 View Post
    The little hole should capture a D-nut that centers the derailleur hanger on the dropout. Go to your LBS to get one or just have them mount it.
    Derailleur Part Pyramid Bracket Bolt/Nut Small Only
    Exactly. It should end up looking like this:

    (From http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_aa-l.html#adaptor )

    The D-nut sits at the back of the dropout slot. The two bumps on the derailleur hanger keep the hanger from rotating when the wheel is out of the bike. When the wheel is on the bike the axle holds everything together.
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    When done it should look like this.
    It may not be fancy but it gets me were I need to go.
    http://www.jtgraphics.net/cyclist_bicycles.htm

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    Thanks for all the help! I'll pick up a D-nut on my next trip to the bike shop.

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