Adjusting the front derailler
So being pretty new to bikes, I decided to fix something that has been annoying me since I got this bike: I can't shift to the third gear in the front derailler.
I successfully adjusted the rear derailler, and I spent about 2 hours trying to fix the front. I found two strange things, the first being that the barrel adjuster on the cable to the front derailler seems to be broken and two, the range on the shifter doesn't seem to be enough to cover the range from first to third gear. I pretty much have to sacrifice the first gear to use the third, or vice versa, because even with both high and low limit screws completely loosened, the shifter only reaches from the third to the second, or the second to the first (and I mean clean shifting). It *almost* reaches the far gear, but doesn't downshift/upshift properly to it. I don't really use the first gear, so I set it up for 2nd and 3rd, but it still annoys me that I can't fix it.
This is an 18spd Univega Alpina Pro with Shimano Deore components (front cogs are biopace, if it matters).