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I have just bought a brand new bike and find the rear cog changing lever on the right handlebar is difficult to turn from gear 6 to 1. Adjusting the cable seems to make no difference. Any suggestions. Many Thanks Adrian

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Are you shifting while pedaling? How about the top of the shifter on the handle bars, is it too tight? Get some oil down in that cable or some grease. Hope this helps.

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