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The gears are really difficult to change. What do I need to do to make them easier to change?

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There a few things you can do. First, give your chain a good lube with some quality chain lube. DON'T use WD40, that will make things a lot worse. If your chain isn't the problem, then it could be the cables are gunked up in their housings. Mud and dirt can enter the sheath of the cable and cause them to stick. Rust can do the same thing. Try replacing the cables with new ones, and make sure to have them done by someone who knows what their doing. You don't want to lose your brakes unexpectedly, it's best to have a professional you trust change them out for you.

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