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two part question- shifter plastic break / front derailleur

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two part question- shifter plastic break / front derailleur

Old 08-31-05, 05:48 PM
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two part question- shifter plastic break / front derailleur

Ok so since I'm new, I may as well ask a two part newbie question:


1. As I was biking I went to down shift on the front derailleur and the dang chain popped off, so I had to pull over and refit it. Why does this happen, and how can I prevent it from happening again?



2. Brilliantly as I was trying this I went to lay the bike down on the ground, and it went down a bit faster than I had anticipated... As such, it landed on the front right shifter and broke the little plastic thing that says Shimano 105 on it. Just the little cover, and it's barely noticeable... however... I notice it. How can I get this replaced? Is it cheap?
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