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Old 05-24-18, 12:24 PM
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Phamilton
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Time to teach the kids how to friction shift, then almost any rear derailer will do. All my geared bikes as a kid were friction shift, they'll do fine. They won't gain anything tangible from adding a cog, moving from 5 to 6 speed the top and bottom will probably stay the same and there will be one more in-between gear. Put the xt on and a cheap thumb shifter, viola. Better yet, have them help you do it, then they learn mechanical skills, shifting skills, and their beloved bike is back in action.
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