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Old 08-25-11, 04:57 AM   #1
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Is this deraileur bent or I am just being paranoid?

I decided to give my bike first elaborate cleaning. Long story short, i removed the wheels and bike tripped on the side of the derailleur. Now i feel(hear) there is some chain rubbing in the rear derailleur cage. When i look from behind i see that the jockey pulley is slightly bent in respect to the casette cogs. I also feel the entire cage is a little bit twisted. Am I just imagining it, take a look at the attachment pic.(IMG_5154)

Another issue is with how the chain lays around the crank. I have read how important it is to replace the chain as soon as it is stretched, but this chain has barely 300 miles on it. Still, it seems like there is a small gap between chain and wheel. Does it look ok to you? (IMG_5156)
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Old 08-25-11, 05:15 AM   #2
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Chain, use a tape measure or ruler to check it. Don't base it on a small pic.

On the derailleur, just take it to a bike shop and have it checked. Kind of looks bent to me. Hard for me to tell for sure, an in person check by a bike mechanic would be much more accurate.
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The derailleur looks a little off but that could be a limit adustment issue... hard to tell from the picture but my gut says it may be a little off as well.

A good shop can check the alignment for you.
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+1, have it looked at in a shop, the frame tab gets bent , they have a tool to make sure it's OK

Index shifting needs that tab to be parallel with the wheel & CL of bike frame.
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It could be the camera angle, but there does appear to be some degree of twist. You can check for yourself by laying a straightedge against the inner cage plate, and comparing to the plane of the wheel. It's easier of you install the wheel backward so the cassette isn't in the way. Rotate the cage so you can check the alignment both vertically and horizontally. If it is bent, odds favor the issue being the hanger and not the derailleur itself.

BTW- if it's shifting crisply and the chain runs smoothly with good trim and no clatter, skip the exercise, since it's a no harm, no foul situation.

As for the chain, the only way to know is to measure, though at 300 miles I'd be shocked if you had a wear issue.

Again no special tools or skill is needed. Get a 12" ruler, and measure 12" of chain. Pull the RD pully back a bit to tension the lower loop and line up the mark with the pins center of edge. Brand new the 0" pin and 12" pin will both line up identically with their respective markings. As the chain wears the links move a bit farther apart (stretch) so the 12" pin will be beyond the 12" mark. Up to 1/16" is OK, beyond 1/16" replace the chain.

BTW- you your chain shows anything beyond trace stretch at 300 miles, you need to either change your lube or apply it more often. Normally you should expect to ride 2,000-5,000 miles before reaching 1/16"/12" stretch.
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