Question about Cycling
I have a Schwinn Avenue hybrid bike I am not sure how to adjust the derailer in the front
The good news is that derailleurs are simple machines. The bad news is there are hundreds of different kinds. So they all tend to be unique.
All it does is physically push the chain so the chain hops gears. The shifter tightens or loosens the wire connected to the derailleur to cause the movement.
Follow the wire running from whatever type of shifter you have to the derailleurs. You should see a place where you can loosen the crimp from the derailleur to the wire. Usually its a simple crew or bolt.
Then its a matter of resetting the tension to match the function of your shifter to the movement of the derailleur. Switch gears with everything attached first with the bike upside down or on a stand so you can see how the two parts interact.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Typically adjusting the front derailleur is a matter of adjusting the two adjusting screws on the derailleur. So turn the bike upside down. It should sit on its seat and handle bars. Find the two adjusting screws one will prevent the derailleur from traveling too far out preventing the chain from coming off. The other screw prevents the derailleur from traveling too far in keeping the chain from falling off that way. Now once you have found the screws slowly start turning the pedals like it was being ridden. Move the derailleur out as far as it will go if you see the chain is about to come off adjust the screw. Do same for inside screw. Now move the back derailleur all the way in and retest front derailleur, repeater with rear derailleur all the was out. Hope that helps. Oh, the back derailleur adjusts same way.
Posted on Feb 28, 2009
It sounds like the bike you bought was too big for you. Your only option here is to replace the seatpost with one that does not have this feature. You can pick up a seatpost at a bicycle shop and they should install it for you, too, if they are a good shop.
Hope this helps a little,
Posted on Sep 19, 2009
Sorry Brandonman, but that's really bad advice. You should ALWAYS be pedaling while shifting gears. The chain is designed to move sideways ONLY as it moves forward. You place undue strain on the components when you try to shift without pedaling.
Posted on Mar 31, 2010
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