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I picked up an old Giant in good cond. only prob. is the Shimano 200GS Shifters. They work but only when they want to. It's like they need to take a break after a few shifts. Can these be adjusted ? Or throw them away and put on GripShift.

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Take it in for service, probably has stretched cables and need to readjusted. It will be worth it to get a tuneup because Giant is a bike shop quality bike, not a discount house special. Treat it right and it will last you a long time.

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