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Thread: rear deraillier

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    ... and if we just ... rear deraillier

    I've just replaced rear gear cable and now bike is making crunching noise especially when applying pressure or going uphill, gears change fine seems like gears are trying to "jump"? and chain wheel slips. help most appreciated

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    Sounds like it's not adjusted right. Did you follow the Park Tool tutorial? If not, I highly recommend it.

    Also, if the ends of the new housing are skanky, you're going to have a hard time getting good shifting. sheldonbrown.com has good notes on this, particularly for the home mechanic.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    I used this video to install my rear derailleur for the first time: Technical Tuesday: How To Set Up Your SRAM Rear Derailleur - Pinkbike (not SRAM specific, mine was a Shimano). This was the best explanation I could find, after watching it a few times I installed my derailleur + cable and it shifted perfectly from the first ride on!

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    Try giving the adjuster a click or 2 counter clockwise. If that helps, then it might take another click or 2 to fix. If it makes it worse, click it clockwise back to your starting position and then add a click or 2.

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