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Need to see how the shifter is adjusted so the bike can work through the gears without hanging up on me

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The only adjustment is making sure the shifter pawl is properly centered. To do this you must remove the primary cover, then the primary drive to get to the pawl. This is a very big job and should not be done with out the manuel, about $60.00 at the dealer. This job covers about 10 pages in the manuel in 2 different sections. It really isn't that hard just pretty complex.

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Kevin:

I'm not sure if it's rubbing on the front or rear shifter. The front is more common, so I'll try that first. The shifter pushes the chain left (lower gear) and right (higher gear) to shift - if it's rubbing, then it may be trying to shift. If it can't be fixed by using the shifter directly, which you've probably tried already, you'll probably need to adjust the cable.

There are two ways to adjust the cable, with a barrel adjuster and with a wrench. The barrel is the piece between the cable housing (plastic tube the cable goes through, usually black) and the shifter. If it's the front shifter, it will be the one one the left of your handlebars. Try 'unscrewing' the barrel a little bit at a time. It may be off in either direction, but 'unscrewing' will tighten the cable, and since you bought the bike in the summer, it's likely that the cable has stretched and become loose since then.

Count the number of turns and try only 1 at a time, watching to see if the rubbing goes away. If not, return it to where it was by turning the same number of turns the other way.

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