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  1. #1
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    May 2005

    Derailler Shifting Problem

    I was riding my bike at the skatepark and I fell and smacked my derailler on the coping in a mini halfpipe. Then after while I was riding, the chain started to skip on the cassette and almost switch gears without me pulling the trigger. I noticed after that my derailler had me riding in the wrong gears.(I have an 8 spd cassette and derailler) Example: my shifter said I was in the 8th gear but my chain was on the 7th. What is the problem and how do I fix it?
    P.S. Just by looking at it, I can't see anything wrong with my derailler hanger. I' m pretty sure it isn't bent.

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    Dec 1998
    You bent the derailleur and/or the hanger, even if you can not see it.
    The trouble with common sense is it is no longer common

  3. #3
    Old man on a bike
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    Feb 2004
    It sure sounds like a bent derailleur/hanger to me as well. Take it to your local bike shop where they'll have a derailleur alignment gauge to check and straighten your hanger. If it's your derailleur that's bent, that's harder to straighten; you may need a new one.
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