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How to change the shifting cable on a 6 speed mens bike cable is froze in housing & can't move it how do i take it apart & reassemble

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Is there a manual?


Bike manuals are generic, won't help you with repairs. Often when the shift lever won't move easily it is due to rusty or dirty cables and housing. Bike shop or bike co-op can help.

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Brand new bike gears won't engage. The gear shift is on 6 and the chain is on the smallest cranks.


the derailleur cable is too loose. Shift the shifter into the smallest cog, make sure the chain is on the smallest cog. The derailleur cable will most likely be very slack now. At the rear derailleur, there will be a nut or a allen bolt pinching the cable to the derailleur. loosen this, pull the cable finger tight, tighten the nut or bolt again and then try shifting again. You can dial it in using the barrel adjuster on the derailleur or the shifter.

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I am trying to fix a Huffy Blackwater bicycle (15 speed). The rear derailleur is missing. Can I use a 6 speed derailleur from a Next bike? Can I disable the indexing of the Huffy (Falcon) shifter? Thanks


You can use the 6 speed rear derailleur with no problems. The 5-spd shifter does not need to be disabled, as it will work just fine.

The shifter controls the rear derailleur, telling it how far to move. The rear derailluer just follows what is dictated, so there is no real difference mechanically between the 5spd and 6spd derailleurs, only in the shifter.

If you wanted to make the bike 6spd, you would have to change the shifter and gears along with the derailleur.

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My bike does not seem to shift gears should I be cruising as I shift or should I be pedaling


Your bike must not be the Cruiser pictured - that's a one-speed bike. So here's a general description--- For gear changes on multi-speed bikes, where the chain has to move between different size sprockets, the chain must be moving in order to shift. So, yes, you have to be pedaling, but it works best if you pedal very lightly - so that the chain is moving, but is under very light pressure. On the other hand, if you have a 3-speed bike where the gear changes take place inside the hub of the rear wheel, the wheel should be moving, but the chain should not - so you should be coasting to change gears.

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18 speed bike 6 gear shift works fine 3 gear


You have to look if when you act on the shifting level it get hard to move or it is free, if free, probably the cable is broken.
Also check if the cable is not too loose, try to follow the cable track and move the level and see if the cable move with that, in that way probably can find where the cable is stuck or broken/loose.

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1 have a mid 90's bike with a Shimano Acera X that will not shift


My solution on the same shifters was to lube the grippers on the levers, they did not engage but after moving them around and lubing they started to grip and problem fixed.

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18 speed bike 6 gear shift works fine 3 gear


If the cable is rusty or otherwise binding it won't let the derailleur fall toward the smaller sprockets when the control is moved. Likewise, it may not even let you move the control in the direction that pulls the cable (bigger rings).

If you don't know much about the process I suggest you read this:

http://coachlevi.com/cycling/complete-beginner-guide-to-bicycle-gears-shifting/

and take the bike to a Local Bike Shop for a look-see and maybe a tune-up.

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Trying to reassemble rear wheel gear assembly for huffy mountain bike. i didn't take it apart and don't have a manual. someone else took it apart


This should help you:http://sheldonbrown.com/gearing/index.html. Also try here:http://www.parktool.com/repair/byregion.asp?catid=4 Hope these sites help. Good explanations and pictures.

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Gears will not shift to first gear


It sounds like the limit screws on the derailleur are out of adjustment.  If the derailleur cant pobbible move any farther towards the 3rd gear and the cable has slack in it then we know for a fact that the limit screws are to blame.  
If you can move the derailleur with your hand past the 3rd gear then we know the cable needs to be adjusted.  I would recommend taking it to a bike shop as those index shifters do take a bit of work to adjust correctly.

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