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    Chain/gear hopping on me when starting off

    I wasn't quite sure how to search for this, so I created a thread, sorry.

    When I start off or get on it hard, the chain hops and/or the gear shifts on me. What could be the cause of this and how do I fix it? Thanks.

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    Anyone?

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    Search for the term "ghost shifting" as that's what it's most commonly referred to as. In short it could be any one of a few things; Mis-adjusted derailleurs (front or rear), bent rear derailleur hanger, stiff chain links, or worn out chain and/or chain-rings/cassette. What gears are you in when it happens, if you're cross-chaining (big front to big back or small front to small back) that can cause the same issues because the chain line is too far out of whack.

    How old is the bike, what kind is it?

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    damn double posts
    Last edited by bvibert; 05-16-2007 at 10:30 AM. Reason: double post

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    I wasn't paying too close attention to it when it happened but it very well may have been cross chaining. I'll pay attention to it next time and be careful to avoid doing it. It's a brand new bike, but I guess it could also be adjustment issues. I'll test it out and do some more research. Thanks for your help.

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    You probably shifted after you stopped so the chain didn't get a chance to shift, then when you started it completed the shift, happens alot when you are going up a hill try to shift down and then get off the bike.

    Shift early.

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    you can

    shoot over here and read up how to adjust the rear dérailleur, and keep it adjusted.

    Jim


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