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Rear derailler will not click and hold shifted gear

Shifter control will not hold selected gear, when hand is removed from shifter after gear is selected derailleur does not hold and goes back to resting position. Also noticed there is no click from shifter any more.

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Sounds like the internal spring that indexes the shifter is either broken or missing. I believe these bikes came with twist shifters. Those springs are hard to find nowadays and it's just as inexpensive to replace. Your local bicycle shop should be able to find a suitable replacement shifter for your bicycle.

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