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Having problems with gears on my Apollo LSX 1.1 mountain bike

The gear shift lever on the right hand side of the handle bars doesn't work at all when trying to move up the range but did to move down the range (kind of). And the gears (1,2,3) on the left hand side of the handle bars only gets the first two ( I think it may be the derailure partly to blame as it rubs on the chain incertain gears). Also the crank has just spun a couple of times with no forward motion happening until I change the left hand gears then it re-engages. The crank also seems to have a grinding feel to it. Can you also tell me how to raise the handle bars, I've tried to do this myself and undid the allen/hex bolt but could not get it to move up. Thanks in advance for any tips, Dean...

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  • Anonymous Apr 17, 2009

    I dont know how to raise the handle bars of my mountain bike

  • pulse_of_the Apr 18, 2009

    Thanks dude. I like to learn how to do things myself as a rule!

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    changing it up and down,the friction bar no use

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Sounds a lot like cable stretch. Have a local bike shop replace all the cables and do a derailleur adjustment. Costs is usually under $40 complete.

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  • Louis Newton Apr 18, 2009

    To raise the handlebars loose the two binder bolts on each side of the stem mount so that the handlebars rotate left/right without much effort. Then loose the stem bolt located in the center top of the stem. Pull up with moderate pressure (or push down if the reverse is needed) while gently rotating the bars left/right to the desired height. Center the bars and retighten the stem bolt to firm snug, but not over tightened, then retighten the two binder bolts. Of course, if your handlebars are of a different configuration, this may not work as described. Additionally, it is possible that they have seized a bit from exposure to moisture, dirt, etc.

  • Louis Newton Apr 19, 2009

    You might try Sheldon Brown's bike fixit site for other ideas.

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