NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Sounds like your limit screws are (forgive the pun) screwed up.
1) take a 5mm allen wrench and undo the cable fixing nut at the rear derailleur.
2) Turn the barrel adjuster at the derailleur and the shifter all the way in, then back out 1 full turn.
3) pedal the bike (w/o shift cable attached).
4) chain should drop to the smallest cog (biggest if low normal).
5) if not, unscrew the limit screw on the rear derailleur until it does.
6) with the shift cable still unattached, and while pedaling, grab the derailleur and force it to the biggest cog (smallest if low normal) You should be able to force the derailleur all the way over. If it stops, again, unscrew the OTHER limit screw until you can.
7) grab the shifter cable and pull tight and shift into the lowest gear.
8) affix the shifter cable to the rear derailleur and tighten the cable fixing nut.
9) while pedaling, shift into 2nd gear. Keep pedaling. Turn the barrel adjuster at the rear derailleur out until the chain wants to start "climbing" into the third gear. Turn the barrel adjuster back in so, the chain no longer makes noises trying to "climb" into the third cog. This CENTERS your derailleur to correspond the the detents on the shifter. (i.e. so one click on the shifter equals one cog shift)
10) go for a test ride. Use the barrel adjuster to fine tune shifting performance.
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