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Old 03-15-09, 10:57 AM
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Gear problem

Hi. My first post on this site. I am having a problem with my rear gear system. It seems to be stuck between gear 6 and 7 (the two smallest sprockets). When i attempt to change down from 6 to 5, the lever on the handlebars feels very slack, although i can feel the cable move and tension, so something is happening. But it does not change gear at all. I can change gears between 6 and 7 relatively easily (up and down). But no others. The bike also appears not to be able to change up on the front gears, so I am riding in gear 1 at the front and gear 6 or 7 at the back (a diagonal chain) which is not good. Do you know if this could be a problem with the derailleur, the cable or the lever on the handlebars? I tried tightening the cable a little, but it did not make a difference.

Also, i don't know if my gears are set up correctly. I am new to the bike world and trying to understand how these things work so please bear with me. The gear levers on my handlebars are set up with the front gears on the left and the rear gears on the right. However the operating method is the opposite for each. So i push down on the left lever to change up a gear (1 to 2, and 2 to 3), and i pull up to change down (3 to 2, 2 to 1). On the right hand lever which operates the rear gear, I have to pull up to change up (6 to 7), and push to change down (7 to 6). This is really confusing me when i'm trying to sort out this problem. Is this normal, or is it set up wrong? Or am i missing something?

Could anyone please help me, as you probably guessed, I am new to cycling, so please keep it relatively straightforward.
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Old 03-15-09, 11:42 AM
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Dude, take it to your LBS and have them take a look at it. It sounds like you either have a cable tension issue, or a set screw issue. Being that you are new to cycling it would be very difficult if not impossible to help you fix it yourself, especially if you are not familliar with terminology or bicycle repair. Setting up deraileurs correctly is one of the trickier parts of bike repair, especially for a newbie. Ask to watch them repair it at the LBS then you will learn a little about how to set up deraileurs.
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