Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    188
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Gears slipping help

    I am having trouble with my gears not staying in gear. When I am in 3rd gear and hit a bump or climb a hill my gears slip down on the 4th ring. I have to shift the shifter back to the 2 position to get it back into 3rd gear. What causes this and how do you fix it.?

  2. #2
    Mad bike riding scientist cyccommute's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Denver, CO
    My Bikes
    Some silver ones, a black one, a red one, an orange one and a couple of titanium ones
    Posts
    15,984
    Mentioned
    24 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by babysaph
    I am having trouble with my gears not staying in gear. When I am in 3rd gear and hit a bump or climb a hill my gears slip down on the 4th ring. I have to shift the shifter back to the 2 position to get it back into 3rd gear. What causes this and how do you fix it.?
    Park Tool is your friend. Your cable is probably improperly adjusted. I would skip all the stuff on adjusting the high and low limit (those usually don't go out of adjustment) and go straight to the bottom of the page about adjusting the cable tension.

    If the bike is old and you've changed the chain recently without changing cogs, you can have a chain skipping problem there too but that usually manifest itself as a popping of the chain and not a shift. Just to be safe look at the section on chains too.
    Stuart Black
    Solo Without Pie. The search for pie in the Midwest.
    Picking the Scablands. Washington and Oregon, 2005. Pie and spiders on the Columbia River!
    Days of Wineless Roads. Bed and Breakfasting along the KATY
    Twisting Down the Alley. Misadventures in tornado alley.
    An Good Ol' Fashion Appalachian Butt Whoopin'.

  3. #3
    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    South Florida
    My Bikes
    Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
    Posts
    16,160
    Mentioned
    12 Post(s)
    Tagged
    4 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by babysaph
    I am having trouble with my gears not staying in gear. When I am in 3rd gear and hit a bump or climb a hill my gears slip down on the 4th ring. I have to shift the shifter back to the 2 position to get it back into 3rd gear. What causes this and how do you fix it.?
    Agreed with Cyclo......sounds like a cable tension issue. Easy fix! Info here as well! Simple and easy to understand!http://www.bikewebsite.com/repair-bike-index.htm

    Have fun! Ride safe!
    on light duty due to illness; please contact my assistants for forum issues. They are Siu Blue Wind, or CbadRider or the other 3 star folk. I am currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes. I am making good progress, happily.


    . “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant

  4. #4
    Calamari to go cc_rider's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Falls Church, VA
    My Bikes
    Trek 750
    Posts
    3,103
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Ditto. That was the problem I was having the past couple of weeks. It was the cable tension.
    Last edited by cc_rider; 03-22-06 at 04:12 PM.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •