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Does my Rd look out of alignment

Old 02-17-20, 12:00 PM
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Does my Rd look out of alignment

Posted here before, old bike old components doing my best to keep it going until I can afford better.

Replaced the chain first week of January without changing anything else. The bike continued to shift and ride fine. I have put about 600 miles on the new chain. Last week I cleaned the cassette and chain and relubed the chain. Yesterday on my group ride right away it started skipping. I was warming up, so I was spinning pretty fast and the skipping was constant.
I was able to upshift and found about two gears that wouldnt constantly skip so I completed the ride. In these gears however if I cranked hard it would skip and sometimes feel like it was upshifting
I chalked it up as my cassette is old and needs to be replaced, I have no idea how many miles are on it and it is prolly the original.
This morning I took a look at it and it looks like my rd might not be aligned. I figured I would post it here and see what you guys thought.
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Old 02-17-20, 12:48 PM
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Looks mean nothing. Buy a Park alignment tool or take it to a shop that has one. It only takes a few minutes to move the RD out of the way, to check it. The same tool will also bend the hanger back in alignment, if needed. 10 minute job, tops.
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Old 02-17-20, 12:57 PM
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I meant the pulleys as in relation to the cog. I didnt know if it needed adjustments.
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Old 02-17-20, 01:09 PM
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We know exactly what alignment you were asking about, but it is impossible to be sure from a picture... especially one that has an extension cord blocking half the view LOL

The tool required to check the alignment properly can be found at any LBS and it is a quick job to make it perfect.
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Also, since this was a new chain on an old cassette, I would guess that is the source of the skipping.
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Well it was working fine with no issues after you changed the chain.
So what changed?
Did you bang the deraileur?
Or how did it get bent?
Watch it while you shift to see if is bent. You may need help to do it.
Generally the whole cassette won't go bad at once usually it will skip in one gear first. Yours is skipping in multiple gears all of a sudden.
Try oiling the chain.
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Could just be the way the pic was taken, but it appears to me that the jockey wheel may be pulling the chain inward. Is the wheel well seated in the dropouts? Did you adjust cable tension? And as stated, it may just be the angle if the camera.
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Old 02-17-20, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Wilfred Laurier View Post
We know exactly what alignment you were asking about, but it is impossible to be sure from a picture... especially one that has an extension cord blocking half the view LOL

The tool required to check the alignment properly can be found at any LBS and it is a quick job to make it perfect.

Right, I feel like an idiot. Ill take it to the bike shop as a last resort.
At the first of the year I was having shifting issues, you guys helped me out, but I had to take it to the LBS. I had bent the hanger by placing it in my car crank side down. The LBS resolved the issue ( straightened the hanger) and at the same time noticed my chain was terribly worn. So I replaced the chain, and it has shifted fine since.

I have guarded the rear derailer like my life depends on it so I havnt banged it or sat it down on it.

Ill reseat the wheel and see if that fixes anything, I do plan on buying a new group set but It will be a little bit longer before that can happen.

thanks for the help.
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