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My wheel ate my derailleur, how to fix?

Old 04-22-08, 03:18 PM
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My wheel ate my derailleur, how to fix?

I just picked up this Schwinn Traveler with Suntour AR derailleurs. I was taking it for a test ride and shifted gears and it stopped when the rear bent into the spokes. Now after looking at it, and prying on it, it seems like the length of the derailleur is wrong because when trying to shift on to the second to largest cog, the derailleur and the cog itself almost mesh. Options I am considering are to make it a fixie, thought they don't really interest me. Or maybe part it out. But what I really want is to fix it and ride it. Can i get just any low-buck derailleur off ebay, how do I know that it is going to be the right size? All info is appreciated.

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Old 04-22-08, 03:57 PM
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sound like the rear derailer is bend or at lease the hanger is . there is hope take it to your lbs and have them strighten it . you might also need some new spokes for the rear wheel too. i thinks it a short cage derailer, if it not then a long cage. you sould be able to find one almost anyway.
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Old 04-22-08, 04:10 PM
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This probably won't be accurate enough for a bike with a 9 or 10-speed rear cassette, but it'll probably be good enough for your Traveler.

1. Stand your bike up against a wall or something so that the frame is plumb.
2. Walk around to the back of the bike and look at your derailleur.
3. With your hand, gently bend the derailleur and hanger until the derailleur arm is parallel with your frame.
4. You'll probably have to make some minor derailleur adjustments and, as the other poster mentioned, you might have to attend to your rear wheel.
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Old 04-22-08, 05:11 PM
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The rear wheel didn't seem to suffuer. I was taking off and shifting gears. I flipped the shifter the wrong way and instead of going down it went up. I think the Derailleur meshed with the cassette, and started to walk the wheel out of the part that it is bolted into. I got off and checked and my wheel was rubbing the bottom bracket on the driver side and my derailleur was in the spokes.

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Would it be possible that maybe I need a longer hanger?

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The upper wheel appearing to mesh with the freewheel low cog might be fixed by adjusting a b-screw if your derailleur has one. That screw basically rotates the derailleur around the mounting pivot clockwise, typically moving the pulley wheel away from the cogs.
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