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I have a Raleigh 21 speed bicycle. I have Shimano shifters. I cannot shift to the big gear on the front of the bike.

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I also would suggest taking to a shop, or if available a bike co-op where they can help you adjust it. If you really want to try it, follow the instructions in the link below from start to finish. YouTube videos are not nearly as good as written instructions from a reliable site, like parktool.com. Front Derailleur Adjustment

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Google "adjusting front derailleur" or take it to a shop until you have more experience. There are many good books on this subject because it takes practice to do it correctly. Good luck!

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You will find an entry on this page ( http://sheldonbrown.com/gearing/index.html ) to allow you to learn how to adjust your FD and RD cables, and so forth ( http://sheldonbrown.com/derailer_adj.html ).

Bookmark Sheldon Brown's pages, as well as the video listings at BicycleTutor.com. If you're going to do this kind of thing yourself, but haven't done it before, you'll want to go back to those two sites again and again.

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SOURCE: shimano tiagra 9 speed shifters how to change gear

Go to http://techdocs.shimano.com/techdocs/index.jsp

Search in drop down list to go to all tiagra items and identify your particular components. Shimano are good at numbering their parts and you should find the number you seek on the bicycle component. You will usually be able to download an exploded parts diagram and service instructions. The service instructions are prefixed by the letters SI.

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SOURCE: how to use thumb shifters on a 21 speed Schwinn Highplains bike

OK, for a beginner in the world of 18 speed bikes, put the chain on the big sprocket up front, it should be about 46 teeth, make sure it is center and doesn't make noise, if it does, adjust it just a hair either way, now, the rear, put the chain on the big sprocket in the rear, make sure the front didn't start making noise, if it did, adjust it again. You are now ready to take off, in low gear, as you start out, it is easy to pedal, soon you will be peddling air, shift into second gear in the rear only, don't touch the front. Just a little push with the thumb will make it shift, now were going faster, easy peddling, shift into 3rd, then 4th, etc, coming to a stop, down shift the back sprocket back into low gear (big sprocket) and be ready to take off again. Soon you will be shifting that thing like a Ferrari! The front sprocket, will be used for moderate terrain, wheelies, and mountain climbing, that will come later, learn how to shift the rear first. As each gear climaxes, hit the shifter, it will get smoother as you go, and keep the chain quiet, no climbing on the next sprocket or falling out of gear. Hope this helps.

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Where did you buy the bike? Any dealer who sells a bike is more than happy to instruct you on the use and maintenance of it. I will give you a brief, lesson-left hand controls the front brake and gears, right hand controls the rear (R=rear, easy way to remember). Front derailleur is the ranges 1 (closest to the bike are always easiest) and the farther away from the frame get harder but make the bike go faster. The rear derailleur has more than likely 7 cogs again same rule as above. So always pedal forward and do not go small gear in front to small gear in rear, & large gear in front to large gear in rear because your chain will stretch from too much stress and it doesn't do you any good.
Do not pedal backwards because unless your chain is directly on the correct gear you will chip teeth on your gears.
But, do go for lessons on your bike, to learn maintenance tips and how remove your wheels, etc.
Remember bikes are not toys, they are machines and need to maintained to get the full enjoyment out of them.

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This is a solution I strongly recommend you take into a bicycle shop. It will either be a problem they can fix (needs to be seen to properly diagnose) or a possible warranty issue which they would be the ones to take care of anyway.

The problem could be anything from an adjustment, which is far to complicated to explain with those hubs up to a broken part.

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