View Full Version : Sloppy shifting

04-25-2003, 04:18 PM
This has to be easy, but I can't figure it out.

Shifting is getting slopping - my feet sometimes make an entire revolution before the chain catches in the next gear. Is there an adjustment someplace that I can tweak?

I'm rather mechanically challenged, but the last bike shop that tuned my bike is worse than me. I wouldn't take a borrowed lawnmower back there.



04-25-2003, 06:45 PM
Hi Kim,

There could be a few things that are causing the slipping. Stretched chain, worn chainring teeth or just stretched cables.

For starters, try turning the barrel a few clicks downward. The barrel is located just to the left of the shifter and kind of under it. If I'm wrong, I sure hope someone tells me so! :) That has cured my sloppy shifting issues on a couple of occasions.

Do you have Zinn and the Art of Road/Mountain Bike Maintenance? That's a fantastic book with easy to follow diagrams and directions. Sheldonbrown.com is also a great place to learn from.

Good Luck!

04-26-2003, 06:37 AM
You don't say whether it's your front or rear derailleur, but on rear derrailleurs, sometimes if the hanger is bent it can cause problems. This is more likely a MB problem than road...;)


04-26-2003, 01:14 PM
It's a road bike. The chain, derailleurs, etc. are OK - it was just sloppy tuning. I imagine the cables are stretched. I'll look for Zinn..etc. It seems like this should be an easy fix...

04-27-2003, 08:39 AM
Dogmama, I've found that the Park Tools (http://www.parktool.com/repair_help/FAQindex.shtml#bottom%20bracket) site is pretty good for advice on repairs. I particularly like the "clickable" picture of the bike which is useful if you know where the problem is but not what the bits are called! Good luck with the tuning...