Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    165

    New question here. Rear derailer won't shift down

    I just started riding my bike again after a few years. A friend finaly, after much bugging from me, got one so we could ride. After a couple rides the rear derailer started acting up(more than usual, it was pretty out of wack after sitting around and collecting dust and a little rust). I spent an hour+ this morning getting it all adjusted, and it still won't downshift.

    The problem is when I try to downshift it is physicaly impossible for me to turn the grip shift down. Its like the cable is stuck, but if I just nudge the derailer in the right direction the shifter smoothly moves to the next click, and the chain smoothly moves to the next gear.

    I just got back from my local bike shop, and their mechanic is on vacation, so any help would be greatly appreciated!

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    73

    Check...

    Quote Originally Posted by Stregone
    I just started riding my bike again after a few years. A friend finaly, after much bugging from me, got one so we could ride. After a couple rides the rear derailer started acting up(more than usual, it was pretty out of wack after sitting around and collecting dust and a little rust). I spent an hour+ this morning getting it all adjusted, and it still won't downshift.

    The problem is when I try to downshift it is physicaly impossible for me to turn the grip shift down. Its like the cable is stuck, but if I just nudge the derailer in the right direction the shifter smoothly moves to the next click, and the chain smoothly moves to the next gear.

    I just got back from my local bike shop, and their mechanic is on vacation, so any help would be greatly appreciated!
    the cable housings. Cable could have rusted from sitting inside housings. Will pull when shifting up, but spring on der isn't strong enough to shift down. Few drops of lube on der pivots might help also.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    165
    Quote Originally Posted by browns110
    the cable housings. Cable could have rusted from sitting inside housings. Will pull when shifting up, but spring on der isn't strong enough to shift down. Few drops of lube on der pivots might help also.
    Hmm, with this derailer it appears to pull the cable to shift down(to bigger gear), and the spring shifts up(to smaller gear).

Similar Threads

  1. If you need to know this.
    By KevinVokeyJ24 in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 12-24-2004, 08:40 AM
  2. Snapped rear derailer on new bike...
    By LegoGT in forum Passion
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 07-24-2004, 10:20 PM
  3. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-09-2004, 07:28 PM
  4. A very surprising review
    By Duncan in forum Turner
    Replies: 36
    Last Post: 05-28-2004, 09:56 AM
  5. Research help
    By mg5904 in forum Bike and Frame discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 04-13-2004, 06:32 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •