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Grip shifter slipping

How do I tighten the grip shifter on a 3 speed cruiser? It keeps slipping into harder gear.

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    keeps coming apart

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    when i use rapid fire shifters for changing rear sprockets nothing happens


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It sounds like the catch mechanism inside the shifter may be broken. I found a video that does a 'how-to' to give you an idea of the internals of these types of shifters (may not be exacly like yours). If your shifter does not click and hold each of the 3 speeds, this is likely the problem. Sometimes this can be repaired or you may have to replace the shifter. its best to call your local bike shop and see if they carry parts for your shifter. Make sure you have the make and model noted - or just bring the bike down.


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