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Gears slipping on bike

My bike won't run in any gear except top. It's quite old and simple, with 5 gears. When I push the lever down to change down, the derailer thing moves the chain across perfectly and it bites on bottom gear but as soon as I release the lever the derailer just pulls the chain back out to the side again and the chain bites back in top gear again. I don't really want to take it to a shop as it must be something simple, I hope!

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The center bolt of the thumb shifter is a friction bolt, some have wings, some have a "D" ring, and some will just have a slot to put a screw driver into, tighten this screw a little at a time until it is comfortable to use but will hold back the derailleur.

Hope this is of some help.
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