- Nov 5, 2021
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- McMinnville, TN
You pretty much described what i do. Fairly tedious shifting up from the set gear to the next gear, set it, then shift all the way back to the highest gear, and on and on. However...Hey there !!
i like the look of your Bike !! It looks like my old Maruishi cruiser that is currently missing and I’m still trying to find .., That’s another story ..
I built Big box Bikes for a living in Canada for Canadian Tire stores ..
There’s nothing wrong with the quality of the Bike …. It just needs proper setup of the rear changer.
Get the Bike off the ground by hanging it up.. Suspend it from a rafter with a rope around the seat and one around the handlebar stem .. Have the stem lower than the seat ..This keeps the front wheel pointing forward ..
Shift the Shifter to Hi gear position
Now.. Turn the crank to get the wheel turning and by hand push the Deraileur in and out using your Thumb ..
If it goes too far in set the “ Low “. Screw to stop it. If it doesn’t go all the way to the Lowest gear back the screw off a bit …
Do the same with the Hi gear setting
The Jockey wheel on the Deraileur should sit directly below the Hi gear sprocket ..And run quietly.. If not …while turning the crank turn the set screw until it runs as quiet as possible. …
Okay. Now the Deraileur should be set not to be running too far in or out ..
Now you can set the cable tension which is critical for indexed shifting to work…
Now turn the Crank and by using the Shifter run the Bike through the gears and see what happens …
If it doesn’t go all the way to low then then
You need more cable tension ..
Try turning the adjuster barrel that the Cable goes through which is on the Deraileur …. Once you have enough tension on the inner cable it should be shifting properly ..
I hope this helps …. Don’t start changing any parts .., The parts should be fine..,
The Issue is only the set up adjustment of the rear Deraileur …. Cable tension is probably the whole issue ..
Park Tools had an amazing tutorial that you pretty much described. (funny how the right answer can pop up more than once.)
My problem is the deralliur keeps knocking out of true. I mean the physical cianline looks fine (measured using a screwdriver to see if either line was off and it wasn't,) it's.... keeps getting noisey. I suspect it's just a case of the cable stretching out.