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Can not get it to shift gears on the handle bars

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Here is a link to a site with lots of help with pictures: Please let me know if this helps.

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I strongly suggest taking the bike and your son into a bike shop. They will be happy to show him not only how to shift the gears, but why and when. Also they may even throw in some maintenance tips.

The easiest settings will be labeled 1 and the hardest the larger number. if you were too look at the bike where the chain is, the gears that are closest to the frame are the easiest and the ones far away are the hardest. In the back this means the largest gears are the easiest in the front they are opposite, smallest gears are the easiest.

There are a number of good books and many free instructional videos on youtube that show shifting principles. The biggest issue for 10 year olds is whether they can reach the levers comfortably.

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Before you go and disassemble them and make things worse, get a grip (pun intended) on the derailleur adjustments.

Search engines can instantly answer high level questions like "how things work", usually with videos.

While you're at it, search for "how to shift a mountain bike".

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