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What is the correct way to shift this model bike? I have been given one and I have tried every way that I can think of and I can't get it to the front top sprocket?

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  • It sounds like there is not enough cable tension for your front shifter or the shifter cable has stretched.

  • METHOD 1: on the shifter (where the cable housing attaches), there should be a barrel adjuster. Turn the outermost portion of the barrel adjuster so that the shifter cable gets tighter.
  • METHOD 2: unclamp the cable at the forward derailleur and manually pull on the cable until it is tight and re secure the cable. Then follow METHOD 1

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