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    9yr old cant move front derailer grip shift, replace with trigger shifts or derailer

    so as the title says my 9yr old girl cant move the left grip shift on a shimano revoshift its to hard to move the derailer. i think it has high spring tension on the derailer
    my first thought was to replace with a trigger shift, but maybe possibly the front derailer needs to be changed to something better.

    i have gone thru and removed the front derailer shift cable to make sure its not kinked, it has a smooth opertation.
    my third thought is thats its a new bike and maybe through use it will lighten up.

    so any help would be great
    i am new to this forum and look forward to learning alot
    my next bike will be for me but im 6'5 so cant wait to look thru the tall guy section of the forum

    thanks

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    I would pity any kid trying to learn on grip shifts. First thing I would do would replace it with a trigger shift whether it worked or not.

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    Triggers might be better, depends on his hand strength. When my kid was that age he used the palm of his hand to move the lever but eventually was able to deal with the levers just fine.

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    so a front derailers spring tension wont change from different makes they are all gonna take some force to move? the left 3 speed trigger will be indexed?

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    I'd do triggers just for ease..The derailleur controls the stiffness of movement, but triggers offer leverage that grip shifters don't.

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    Triggers can be difficult too.
    I've found cable and housing does make a difference.
    This Jagwire/Novara run as a continuous will be lighter shifting for front and rear.
    Lined housing and slick coated stainless cable. Superglue before you cut the cable.
    Novara Shift Cable Kit at REI.com $19.

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    Simpiler thing to do might be get rid of the front deraileur kills me how kids bikes come with huge front chainrings, keep the smallest ring if she doesnt need the big ring(s).
    XC, Road, XXC, Endurance, Mtn, All-Mtn, Cross, Gravel, just go have fun on 2 wheels!

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    i was thinking that perhaps you could suspend the rear wheel of the bike in the air slighly and then let her get on the bike and pedal (the bike would be stationary) and then work with her on getting down the feeling of shifting.

    my duaghter is the same age and her bike has grip shifters and she is able to shift.

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