NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
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Middle chainring up front, small cog in the back.
Loosen the pinch bolt (claming shift cable) at the derailleur. Turn your barrel adjuster (at shifter for Sram) all the way in, then out 1 to 2 full turns. Pull cable snug and tighten pinch bolt.
Then while pedaling bike in a stand or rack, shift into the 2nd gear (at shifter). Turn barrel adjuster out until the chain starts to "climb" (wants to shift into) the 3rd gear. Then turn the barrel adjust back IN one full turn.
This centers your derailleur with your shifter.
Then shift through the gears. If slow to shift as you shift into a larger cog, then turn the barrel adjust out in 1/4 turn increments. If slow to down shift, turn IN in 1/4 turns.
If you're still having problems, i.e. shifts fine in 1 - 3, but hangs up when you shift into 4 & 5, then most likely you derailleur hanger is bent.
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