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    Wth!!??

    Replaced my rear tire and after putting the wheel back on, the rear derailleur isn't shifting as smoothly as before. Could it be that the wheel is not in the same position in the frame? My bike is serviced by my LBS and it was just in for adjustments and new cables.

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    Make sure it is seated properly in the dropout.

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    As far as the wheel not being seated in the drop outs correctly, would the problem be that the LBS serviced it in a bike stand and I just flipped the bike over when I swapped tires?

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    yes

    seat the axle/wheel when the bike is on the ground with some weight on the bike. Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by punk77
    As far as the wheel not being seated in the drop outs correctly, would the problem be that the LBS serviced it in a bike stand and I just flipped the bike over when I swapped tires?
    If it isn't shifting properly, the first and simplest thing to check is that the rear wheel is firmly seated in the dropouts. This happens all the time when working on a bike in a stand, as it's hard to completely bring the wheel axle and dropouts firmly together. Out of the stand, try loosening the quick release, putting some weight on the saddle and then tightening the QR back again. After checking that, I would make minor adjustments to the rear derailleur (shifter cable) by turning the adjustment nut at the shifter or at the RD itself.

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    I'll try that when I get home tonight. Thnx.

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