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I just got my ever first road bike, Revenio 3.0. I'm so excited. Already got my ever first road bike injury as well - those damn cleats are hard to unclip, springs on those shiny new pedals are too tight.

Anyway, I've noticed that when both rear and front shifters are on their lowest gears (rear - all the way to the right, front - all the way to the left), the chain brushes right side of front derailleur and makes that 'whoosh' sound. That's not right, isn't it? I'm thinking if it's something very easy to adjust, and I can do it myself, or better to take it back to the store?

Also, can you guys tell me about common problems of bikes of this series or Raleigh road bikes in general that better to know?

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Firstly: don't use that gear combination. It causes wear on the chain. Second: if you do end up using it adjust your front derailleur so that it doesn't touch. If using index gears, one or two clicks should be enough. –  andy256 Jul 13 at 12:37
    
Many front derailer selectors have some form of "fine adjustment". On my "brifters" you shift down to the target gear then do a half-click to adjust up. This is really only necessary if you're "cross chaining", though. –  Daniel R Hicks Jul 13 at 13:36
    
Don't use big with big and small with small as a rule. –  Carel Jul 13 at 13:40
    
Also: practice clipping/unclipping while holding to a wall, post or fence until you can do it safely. –  Carel Jul 13 at 13:45
    
Big with big is a lot less problematic of a combination than small with small though. –  Batman Jul 13 at 15:19

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Derailer adjustment is easy - at least in theory. When it comes to fine adjustment you may find that you cannot easily get this problem fixed without making something else worse - i.e. its a compromise. Its a good opportunity to learn how to adjust derailers- make adjustments slowly, one step at a time, and count the turns so you can go back to the start if needed.

Given you should not be spending any time in this gear combo, and its not really doing any damage to the bike components, one option is to leave it alone and learn to switch to the smaller chain ring sooner.

It is worth taking it back to the bike shop and seeing if they can tweak it, but do make it clear to them that you do not want to compromise gear shifts to get it fixed.

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