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Old 07-06-06, 10:47 PM
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Newbie questions on chainrings and shifting

I never rode a bike with gears before and this is my first bike with them.

I just recently bought a new Rockhopper and I noticed when I shifted to first gear, the chain goes to my smallest chainring in the front, like the way it should be (I think) but then when I shifted back to 2nd gear, it still stays on the smallest chainring. It also makes this scratching sound because I believe it is scratching the front derailleur when it stays on the smallest chainring and I also notice that it is trying to catch on to the middle chainring but it keeps slipping. I had to shift to 3rd gear for the chain to catch onto the middle chainring. Is this normal? Should the chain be on the biggest chainring on the front on 3rd gear?

Any comments will help.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-06-06, 11:52 PM
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Nah, it's not normal per se, but it is a pretty damn normal problem. Your front derailleur likely needs adjustment, might have something to do with the cable tension as well. Tell you what - don't try and take care of it yourself at this point; instead, bring it into a LBS (local bike shop), most of them are really friendly. Explain your story, and see if they'll fix it and show you how to take care of it, or let you watch as they do their thing. It's a great way to pick up some bike knowledge, even if for a few bucks; many shops will be very happy to help.
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Originally Posted by the beef
Nah, it's not normal per se, but it is a pretty damn normal problem. Your front derailleur likely needs adjustment, might have something to do with the cable tension as well. Tell you what - don't try and take care of it yourself at this point; instead, bring it into a LBS (local bike shop), most of them are really friendly. Explain your story, and see if they'll fix it and show you how to take care of it, or let you watch as they do their thing. It's a great way to pick up some bike knowledge, even if for a few bucks; many shops will be very happy to help.

Thanks Beef, I think I will tomorrow.
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