Readers ask: How To Adjust Derailleur On Mountain Bike?

How do I adjust my bike derailleur?

While pedaling the bike, shift one cog larger by clicking the shifter lever. If the derailleur doesn’t move the chain into the next cog or hesitates, add one-quarter turn of cable tension (counterclockwise on the barrel adjuster) and try again until the derailleur easily shifts into the next cog.

What gear should my bike be in?

When riding uphill or into a headwind, it’s best to use the small or middle front chainring and bigger rear cogs. When riding downhill, it’s best to use the bigger front chainring and a range of the smaller rear cogs.

Why is my bike not changing gears?

This is usually caused by an overly tight gear cable or the low limiting screw that needs adjusting. You can test this by shifting to the lowest gear and seeing if your front derailleur is in line with the smallest chainring. If not, try adjusting the limiting screw. Alternatively, your gear cable may be too tight.

Why is my front derailleur not shifting?

Common Front Derailleur Problems. Front derailleurs may cause sluggish or inaccurate shifting because (A) the derailleur body is not positioned properly, (B) the derailleur limit screws are not adjusted correctly, (C) the mechanism is dirty or (D) the cable is damaged or improperly tensioned.

How do you Unseize a front derailleur?

I suggest removing it and soaking it in a paraffin bath for a few days. Then scrub it with an old toothbrush, dry off, re-lube and re-install. The pivots have seized probably due to road salt and general muck.

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