Questions referring to the derailluer responsible for moving the chain along the cassette

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Is my derailleur hanger too bent?

I bent the (steel) derailleur hanger on my 9spd cassetted (steel) Bianchi Volpe about 1.5 yrs ago, and I just did it again, but worse. This time the derailleur got sucked into the wheel and really did ...
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why would my chain slip on the road, but not when the bike is on a stand?

The chain on my bike has started to slip a lot -- every couple of seconds when riding. It happens, as far as I can tell, in every gear, and is unrelated to shifting. The precise nature of the problem ...
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Is there excessive lubricant on my new rear derailleur?

I just received a new Shimano Deore rear derailleur, which has large gobs of lubricant in two locations (one clearly visible in photo). This seems excessive. Do I leave it, or are they expecting you ...
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Can the Tensioner Spring go Bad on a Rear Derailleur?

My bike chain has been "skipping", so I've gone through the obvious: I replaced the chain I replaced the smallest cassette cog, which was showing significant wear After my replacements I noticed ...
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How can you identify if a Shimano rear derailleur is medium or long cage?

I have a 2013 Shimano XT rear derailleur. It is part of a 2x10 drivetrain. How can I find out if it is a medium or a long cage one? The picture below shows the derailleur.
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Why are there so many types of mech hanger?

I have just stripped the threads on my mech hanger and I'm in the process of buying a new one. There are so many different types, even for one manufacturer, I was wondering what the reason for this is?...
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Has a bike been made with a rear derailleur above the chainstays?

The question title pretty much sums it up, but has a bike with an alternate drivetrain style like this been made? This would mean a derailleur mounted essentially upside down with the tension pushing ...
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How do I tell if jockey wheels need overhaul or replacement?

I am refurbishing a bike and am deciding how much to clean out the rear derailleur. It's in pretty good shape. But after I take off the chain, I tried spinning the jockey wheels with my fingers (...
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Replace rear deraileur without breaking the chain

I currently have a Shimano Dura Ace 10 speed rear derailleur with a 12-25 cassette. For some hilly rides I'd like to change to a 12-30 cassette. The maximum the rear derailleur can handle is 28, so ...
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Which pulley is which on my Shimano STX RC derailleur?

I disassembled my rear derailleur to clean it; when I removed the sprockets they basically looked the same; both jet black and caked with all sorts of black grease-like-stuff. I figured they were the ...
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How to install the cable for this rear derailleur?

For two months so far I'm trying to fix my bike. I bought a used bike and the shifting was not good. So I bought new cables and tried to make the rear derailleur work, but without any kind of luck. ...
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How can I fix my rear derailleur's B-tension adjustment?

I've noticed that my rear derailleur (Ultegra 6700) will not return to where I've set the B-tension adjustment. Pulling it away from the hanger means it will just stick there, or maybe move back a ...
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former weightlifter turned triathlete repeatedly breaking hanger

Every year, it seems I am on a training ride 5-10 miles from home and while torquing up, I snap the hanger throwing the rear derailleur into my spokes and locking up my rear wheel. I am 205lbs and 5'...
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Why doesn't Shimano use shadow technology on road derailleurs?

Shimano has been using their 'Shadow' technology on their high-end mountain bike rear derailleurs (> Deore) for many years. In addition to the benefit described in the images below (from here), ...
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Rear derailleur lifespans

How should I know when my rear derailleur is getting worn? I can measure/inspect chains, tyres and brakes; gears tend to show problems on a new chain if they're worn. But when changing my chain at ...
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Vintage 1979 Peugeot roadbike rear derailleur change

Hello guys, The rear derailleur (6 speed) on my bike (picture attached) shattered all of a sudden while biking uphill after a few months of problems with the chain not fitting immediately on the ...
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Chain skipping mid cassette after a clean

I have cleaned my chain and gears with rubbing alcohol and towels. Afterwards, I applied some chain lube on the chain. Now, when under a lot of torque, the chain skips and slips mid-cassette. Low ...
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Correct setup of Huret rear derailleur

I've got (what I think is) a Huret Eco rear derailleur which seems to somehow get "stuck" in an "open" position when shifting on the front chainrings, i.e. the return spring somehow stops "working" ...
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What's a good, reliable mountain bike drivetrain (1x10?)

I'm thinking about switching my Salsa El Mariachi 29er mountain bike from singlespeed to gears. I love the reliability and simplicity of the singlespeed, but I've been doing more rides that involve ...
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Derailleur guard on road bikes?

I live in an area with lots of debris, dodgy paving, and rain, and to make matters worse, I fall down sometimes (I know!). The main things that get damaged, of course, are the brake handles and the ...
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Diagnose grinding sound from single rear cog

I've got a '70s-era ten-speed road bike with (what I think is) a Huret Eco rear derailleur which shifts well, but for some reason a loud grinding sound emits from the rear of the bike when using the ...
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Lowering my Tour bike gearing to MTB gearing

I am going on cycling tour on the Himalayas through Tibet, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan on my Araya FED touring bike. Now I am thinking in changing my gear, crank which is SR-SUNTOUR XCT 48-38-...
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Cant get my rear derailleur to reach all cogs

I have been having an issue on my road bike getting the rear derailleur to reach all of my cogs. I can either not reach my two smallest cogs or two largest cogs depending on the cable tension. I ...
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Tourney RD upgrade

I have a Shimano Tourney rear derailleur that has an extension claw (hanger). I would like to replace it with a Deore M591. Do I need to install an adapter to make up the length of the claw? ...
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Rear Derailleur Curled Up

I recently bought a bike for the first time in 10 years and after riding it for a couple of days the rear derailleur curled up like an insect ready to die. Is there any way I could fix that or am I ...
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What Shimano jockey wheels are compatible with my old Shimano 105 9-Speed Derailleur?

I'm in the process of getting my Cannondale CAAD serviced, which I reckon is from about 2006 (I got it second hand). I have had the rear cassette and chain replaced, like for like, but the bike shop ...
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What to do about a broken rear derailleur inner cage plate?

The chain on my road bike got caught in the rear cassette and as it snapped it broke one of the guide tabs on the inner cage plate of my new Shimano Ultegra 6800-SS rear derailleur. My two questions ...
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When to replace rear derailleurs

What is the typical life cycle of mid-range rear derailleurs assuming no accidents? More precisely, what's the average mileage after which it's better to replace it rather than doing tuning all the ...
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Rear index shifting not staying in middle gears

I have replaced a chain (SRAM PC 830) and 7 speed freewheel (Shimano MF-HG37) on the back of my daily commuter bike about 300 miles/ 3 weeks ago with the same models. The old parts lasted me 4000 ...
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Should I remove the chain before installing new rear derailleur?

I want to put a new Sram X7 instead of killed one, should I open the chain (if I have no chain lock) or it's better to open the derailleur?
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Misadjusted B-screw: symptoms?

What are the typical symptoms of incorrectly adjusted B-screw in the rear derailleur? How does it manifest itself when shifting? Obviously, if the cage pulley interferes with the cog, the problem is ...
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When down-shifting my rear derailleur (Campagnolo 10spd) is skipping multiple gears.

The problem feels like it is in the shifter as it just "lets go" when I press it. I'm told it could be the G spring. Is it something in the derailleur or the shifter? If its the shifter is replacing ...
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Can a XTR 2016 di2 bracket axle unit fit in XT 2016 rear derailleur?

I have recently lost my bracket axle unit of my XT 2016 m8000 rear derailleur. My friend will be mailing me his XTR 2016 di2 bracket axle unit. Is it compatible/will it fit? I just wanted to know ...
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Derailleur hanger moves when tightening quick release

I have an old Trek T-900 tandem that my wife and I ride quite a bit. It's got an 8-speed rear setup. It's a standard (tandem) 145mm rear-spacing with matching hub, but tightening down the quick-...
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Rear derailleur hits spokes when switching to largest sprocket

I accidentally ran a bungee strap through my old rear deraileur and it tore it apart. I have fitted an identical replacement but cannot work out how to adjust it so that the tension pulley does not ...
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Chain overshoots cog when shifting from low to high gears

Hi when shifting from low to high gears my chain is overshooting the cog and jumping into the next one. I tried turning the low limit screw outward to move the derailer in towards the low gears but it ...
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How to prevent shifting issues due to derailleur or cables freezing in cold weather

It's been fluctating in temperature between 0F and 20F in my area. I've been riding my 1x9 geared mountain bike to and from work. However, due to the cold weather, I'm having issues shifting. It ...
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Cable pull, indexing of Shimano's IGH vs. deraileur

What's the exact cable pull and indexing of Shimano Alfine SG-S700 SRAM G8/9 Shimano ROAD RD-5800 SRAM Force Rear dérailleur other... The idea is to use ST-RS505 brifter with an IGH. Not entirely ...
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How to find the cage length of a rear derailleur?

I need to replace my rear derailleur. I've been looking at a few ones on eBay, however, my issue is that the seller does not know the size of the "cage". Specifically, I have a Shimano Tiagra RD-4400 ...
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Using PTFE spray on rear derailleur springs

Have noticed that the rear derailleur springs and pulleys are picking up lots of road gunk. I use a wax for the chain and as this breaks off I can see it getting stuck on the pulleys. So after ...
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Can I use friction shifters with a clutch style rear derailleur?

Can I use friction shifters with a clutch style rear derailleur like the 2014 Shimano Deore M615 Shadow Plus? Or does this put extra tension on the shift cable that will cause slips with a friction ...
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Derailleur twitching in low gears

I had a mild spill today on my new bike, which put the (Tiagra) derailleur cage a little bit out of line. With some bending and eyeballing, I got the two jockey wheels lined up 'almost' perfectly ...
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Can't change into the largest sprocket on rear derailleur

I bought my first road bike recently, and I've noticed I can't change into the largest cog/sprocket on the rear derailleur because when I pull the shifter the chain is pushed into the side of the ...
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Modded folding bike and strange chain skipping on most gears

I've a folding Tern Link D8 that I've started customize by replacing some parts...what is driving me nuts is a strange chain skipping that happens on some gears and only when I apply some force (...
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Indexing issues on new build, shimano 105 5800

I am in the process of building a road bike. I currently setting up my rear derailleur. I can't seem to index the gears. I have set the high and low limit screws. I can shift up the cassette (small ...
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Indexed rear derailer shifts two cogs for each step

I'm trying to troubleshoot poor shifting issues on a mountain bike that appears to have been built out of the spare parts box… The current problem is "instability" on the rear derailer – the chain ...
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Sachs- Huret derailleur (re)installation

Sachs - Huret derailleur installation So the learning curve continues on the '85 Peugeot P-16. The main lessons are to take pictures and time getting each thing done. I have the rear derailleur hung....
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Bike pedals turning when coasting (not a fixed gear)

My pedals are moving when I'm coasting, and if I try to stop them the upper segment of the chain gets really loose, and the rear derailleur does this thing, where it gets almost horizontal, and then ...
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Rear wheel rubs frame after tire change

I recently changed the rear tire and paid no attention to the original working state of the rear derailleur. After a miserable attempt at resembling, I lost what I now think was the Derailleur bolt ...
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Can I change the cage on a Campagnolo Chorus derailleur?

I have a Campagnolo Chorus 10 speed rear derailleur that will not shift properly. I've aligned the frame, adjusted the high and low settings and attempted to fine-tune the shifting with the barrel ...