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Old 07-31-17, 12:35 PM   #26
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The cassette is probably good. Just clean the livin' bejeezus out of it. Like I said, a complete take-apart-rebuild job will tell you what you need to replace. Use WD-40 or mineral spirits to clean the greasy stuff, and Simple Green to clean any hardened oil.

Get a Park Tool chain checker. If the chain is stretched too badly, that may be the reason your gears are skipping. Study up on it.
So the mechanic (and I know, I'm never wasting money on a mechanic again) replaced the chain, forgot to mention that, when he adjusted the rear derailleur. This did help. Things are a bit 'stickier' now, but it didn't solve the problem.

Can cleaning really make a difference to that extent? Wow.
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So the mechanic (and I know, I'm never wasting money on a mechanic again) replaced the chain, forgot to mention that, when he adjusted the rear derailleur. This did help. Things are a bit 'stickier' now, but it didn't solve the problem.

Can cleaning really make a difference to that extent? Wow.
If you have a new chain, it may be that the cassette and the chainrings are elongated.

Hard to make a judgement call on a bike that I don't have in front of me. Usually when I buy a used bike, I go through it exactly how I recommended to you. I leave nothing out. I use Framesaver on every steel frame. Being meticulous feeds my OCD, but it yields a fantastic bike in the end.
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If you can only get it into two chainrings, I'd adjust it so you can shift through all the front first. No telling what is banging around up front causing the chain to skip, if you've only got two chainrings available. How do the cables look in general? Free moving or rusty and hanging up?
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So I tried to adjust the front derailleur, but as soon as I get close to being able to shift into the largest chain ring (this is the one I've never been able to get into), I can't get into the smallest anymore. Is it possible there's an issue of component incompatibility? I did notice there's a DEORE mtb rear derailleur on this thing, which is apparently from the late 80s?
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My previous bike was Novara Randonée with indexed brifters; I had difficulty adjusting front derailleur properly but LBS mech got it working right. In re Craigslist ads I'd guess your seller was legit since it seemed to have detailed info with proper terminology.
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good place to start



Did they switch the shifter the crank or the derailleur?
Try grabbing the cable by hand and see if it will shift through 3 chainrings.

Are you going to paint it and fix it up sweet,
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patch it and ride around town?

A group set could be less money than buying parts 1 at a time
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/u.../rp-prod110818

Can you move the seat post and stem, or are they stuck frozen?

If you post photos of your parts, someone might know if they are stock or patched together.

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I can't get into the smallest anymore. Is it possible there's an issue of component incompatibility? I did notice there's a DEORE mtb rear derailleur on this thing, which is apparently from the late 80s?
It always is possible something was swapped out by the PO, but assuming it is a 2004, it came stock with a Deore rear derailleur. MTB rear derailleurs are somewhat common on touring/adventure type bikes.

http://www.jamisbikes.com/catalog_ar...IS_CATALOG.pdf

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I took a handful of FD pictures for you all to look at since shifting the chainrings seems like a slightly more ambiguous issue to me at this point than the rear stuff. Let me know if these help with the diagnosis at all.

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Old 08-12-17, 02:22 PM   #35
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In the first picture, it looks like the adjustment screws need to be adjusted.

keep us posted on the new bike soap opera.
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