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Bent Skylark derailleur on a Free Spirit 10 speed, fixable?

Old 09-22-16, 08:01 AM
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Bent Skylark derailleur on a Free Spirit 10 speed, fixable?

Picked up a Free Spirit “Brittany” 10 speed at a school garage sale. Cosmetically it looks very nice. Got home and noticed the rear derailleur has a nasty bend on it. Was wondering if this is repairable? The derailleur is loose at the pivot bolt. I attached some images. Thank you.
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Old 09-22-16, 08:07 AM
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If the dropout hanger mount is crooked, remove the RD, and use a pair of channel locks to straighten it out. It is supposed to be slightly loose, that's why it is called a pivot bolt.

Otherwise, $10 will fix your issue.
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In the picture from the rear of the derailleur the hanger is pretty clearly aligned with the rest of the mech, i.e. is wickedly bent. It's just a hunk of steel. Straighten it using a gratuitous application of force and you're good to go.

...Remove it from the bike first.
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Since it looks like it's mostly just the hanger that's bent, I think I'd (remove the derailleur, first) leave the hanger on the bike, and have at it with a pair of Vise-Grips or big pliers.

For friction shifting, it doesn't have to be perfect, just close.
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I would bend that back with either my hand or something big like an adjustable wrench or Channel Lock™. Make sure it is parallel to the plane of the bike not just in the vertical plane but the horizontal. In other words, make sure the front edge of the derailleur is not any closer to the center line than the rear edge.
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Thanks for all the info, very much appreciated. Was wondering how that cap comes off, just pry it off? I believe there should be an e-clip washer below that. Thanks again.
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Don't bother removing the derailleur from the hanger. You may never get that bolt back on. Just bend everything.
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