Alright, sorry for the corny joke, just trying to lighten the mood for no particular reason.
Heads up: My rear derailleur is not derailed, I can fix that in a heartbeat
I'm having a problem where it won't go to 8th gear (8 sprocket cassette). When the shifter says 8, it's in seventh, when the shifter says 7th, it's in 6th etc etc.
(It's the shimano alivio rear derailleur, I know, horrible, but until my broke teenage butt finds an income of $300, I'm stuck with drivetrain because what sense does it make to fix one part of a broken machine?)
So what happens when you get to 2 and 1? "2" is the "1" sprocket, whereas "1" is half a milimeter (best guess) further towards the chainstay of where "2" is. So, It's never conciouslly registered that even though 8th is 7th, 1 is 1
I've tried tightening the cable, adjusting the set screws or whatever they're called (judging by the fact I can't think of their name may mean I'm adjusting them wrong) and although I can get "1" to be "1," "8" has yet to be "8" no matter how I adjust the screws.
Is there something I'm missing here? Is there something that just blowing right over my head? Or should I just take it down to the LBS and have the payed pros take a look at it. At this point, I see it as my only option.