Questions about shifting between gears or the shifters themselves.

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Slipping shift cable barrel adjusters

Currently, I have Shimano Tiagra 4600 series brifters on my bike, and the barrel adjuster on the front derailleur cable slips when the shifter/derailleur is in the smallest chainring position, when ...
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I've decided on Bar End Shifters for my Vintage tour bike rebuild. I think I've got it down to these. Any reason to choose one or other?

The contestants: Shimano SL-BS64 Ultegra Bar End Shifter Set (8-Speed) and Dia Competition Grand competition ENE bar end control. Seem fairly similar and both well loved. I'm aiming at pairing ...
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Shimano Alivio M4000 vs Altus M370 shifters

I'm planning to upgrade my shifters to Alivio M4000. My old shifters are Altus M370. My question is will this make a significant differrence on my shifting? I'm running Altus M310 FD with Alivio M4000 ...
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Twist shifter cannot shift down – what might be the cause?

My son's bike is stuck on 7. When we try to shift down to 1, there are no clicks. It just shoots right back to 7. This is a dial/twist/grip shifter, not a trigger shifter. I do not think it has ...
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Campagnolo Ergopower Chorus 9 inaccurate shifting

My Chorus 9 Speed Ergo-power (~2005) got inaccurate during shifting. The local bike repairman couldn't get the dérailleur to shift properly. Sometimes the chain don't jump down or up after shifting. ...
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How do I tune up the shifters/derailleurs on my mountain bike?

I have a Diamondback mountain bike with Shimano shifters that I bought used last summer, and over time the shifting has gone out of whack. For example, on the front wheel I can't shift into the ...
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Shimano sora shifter no longer shifts

On my commute yesterday, I noticed that my right shifter was no longer 'clicking' when shifting my rear derailleur up into a larger sprocket. It still shifted fine, but I noted that I should look into ...
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Rear derailleur shifts all gears at once

I've got Campagnolo Veloce gear system and I recently changed my worn-out rear cassette to a new one. Since then I've experienced issues when shifting to higher gears. When I shift, the cable moves ...
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7 speed to 8 or 9 speed cassette change

this is my first time here and i am new in the bike sport. I have a mtb for a month now and i usually use it for road trips with some dirt intervals. It has a 7 speed shimano cassette (14-34) and on ...
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Can I change my 7-speed rear derailleur to an 8-speed?

I bought a 2013 Cannondale Quick 6 Hybrid for my daily commute almost exactly a year ago, and I'm looking to give it some upgrades. It currently has a 7-speed Shimano Altus derailleur, and I was ...
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Problem setting up Shimano 5800 levers for the first time

This is my second attempt to setup a Shimano 5800 groupset from scratch. The problem on both bikes has been that downshifting worked to a point, but upshifting never works. The process isn't detailed ...
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Is it typical for the front and rear gear levers to be reversed?

I recently purchased my first bicycle since I was a kid. The bike I bought has individual gear levers for shifting up and down for both the front and rear gears. I thought it was odd that these levers ...
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Can't setup shifting on Shimano Nexus 7 after unscrewing wheel

I had to unscrew rear wheel to replace inner tube. I haven't fully detached it, just to the moment I was able to replace tube. After reattaching wheel I can't setup gears shifting (that's my first ...
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Shifter cable running beneath the bottom bracket without a sheath

I am trying to solve the neverending issue of my derailleur shifting on its own by replacing the shifter's cable and its sheath to see if it not sliding properly could be the cause of the issue. ...
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Can't shift front gear, despite loosening, tightening, etc. What could be wrong?

Disclaimer: I'm clueless and am piecing together what little information I know from reading this site and from watching YouTube 'intro to repair' videos. I've been gifted a used mountain bike, my ...
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What other parts might need replacing if I replace an old freewheel gear set for a modern freehub cassette?

I currently have a pre 1970s 10 speed Claud Butler. Perhaps back then men were real men but there is no climbing gear. Since I mostly do touring this is a bit of a problem. Finding a new freewheel ...
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shimano 105 brake/shifter won't move under tension

When I tension the cable normally the shifter won't move. With very little tension on the cable it will tick as normal. Any idea what could be wrong? Is it reasonable to try to repair it, or is ...
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should my left shifter be clicking more than twice

So the left shifter is for my front mech. When I twist it, it can click mor than twice. I have three chain rings at the front. Is this normal? Right now when u turn it try changing gears the mech ...
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Does anyone know who made the part that attaches the shifter to the bar?

http://imgur.com/cvWOSbS Looking to set something up like that with bullhorns, cant find the part to attach shifter to bar.
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Can you brake and operate gears at the same time with MTB Dual Control levers?

The videos I saw so far show that with the same lever you can brake or change gears. OK. But can you do it in the same time? For example you downshifting, lever is pressed down, can you start braking ...
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How to check if the gear shifter or the gear itself is broken?

I'm not a bike expert so I'm not sure if I'm using the proper terminology here. So I bought a used city bike. It's the first time I see such gear and such a bike actually. It looks almost like this ...
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How do I determine what kind of replacement shifters I need?

I need shifters for a 16 speed bicycle. When shifters are advertised as 2x8 is this referring to a bicycle with 2 sprockets in the front and 8 in the back?
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Can I use a 9-speed shifter with a 8-speed cassette?

I'm looking into replacing shifters on my MTB. Currently I have 8-speed Shimano Alivio shifters - will 9-speed Deore or SLX shifters work? I do not care if one of the shifter's position will be ...
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Shimano revoshift 7 speed use

I just got a Nishiki cross bike and it has a Shimano Revoshift 7 speed. The bike is about 3 years old or so and did not come with a manual and I am a biking novice. The shifting I understand. The ...
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Mongoose Right Bike Gears shifting up magically

On the right, or back gears of my mongoose bycicle, the gears are not clicking as they should on the right side. Its stuck in 6th or 7th gear and it has a grip-shift that works fine on the left side. ...
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Shimano XT-Alivio compatibility

I am going to buy a Shimano XT rear derailleur, but currently I am using Shimano Alivio M4000 shifter. I would like to know if these two components are compatible?
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Shimano gear cable adjuster barrel replacement

I have a hybrid-style bike with Shimano parts and I'd like to replace the gear cable "adjuster barrel" (?) on the shifter next to my front left brake, as I have mangled it by twisting it with a pair ...
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Is reverse pedaling good for smooth gear change?

I am newbie for cycling. When I change my gears, some lock sounds are coming from the chain. But if I do reverse pedaling while switching gears. No sound form chain, but gear switched to the right ...
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Adjusting Shimano STI Brakes

I just bought my first bike with Shimano STI Shift/Brake Levers. So far, I really like the feel. I cannot, however, figure out how to tighten the brake cables. I can find the barrels for tightening ...
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How to adjust cable length on integrated brake/shift levers, when there is no barrel adjuster?

I feel bad asking this question because I've been doing bicycle maintenance for over 20 years and this seems like a noob question. I was unable to find a Shimano manual to answer this question. I ...
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Will an 11-speed SRAM shifter work on an Alfine 11?

I'm building a bike, got an Alfine hub for cheap, but the shifter feels like garbage. There're lots of new 11 speed shifters out this year, like the SRAM X1, do they work with the Alfine?
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Upgrading a heavy duty bike

I have been using my bike for about 10 years for daily commuting and occasional traveling. It is a "trekking cycle" with a flat handle bars. I use it mostly for road riding, i.e. on streets and paved ...
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Gear indicator on SRAM X5 Shifter shows wrong gear

I have SRAM X5 Shifters like this one: The indicator is now showing the gear above the one I'm actually in, so if like the picture it shows a 2 I would actually be in 1 (the smallest chainring), a ...
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Can you shift both the front and back gears simultanously?

Is it advisable to shift both the front and back gear simultaneously? Can this cause any damage?
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Ultegra 9-speed brifter upshift problem - beyond WD-40?

I have a 2000 Ultegra 9-speed right/rear brifter that does not "release" the cable properly. My initial search on this problem suggested that this could often be cured by flushing with WD-40. So ...
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What is a shimano ispec shifter?

I know what a shifter is but I could not find a definitive answer on what an ispec shifter is or how is it different from a regular shifter. For example the 2014 shimano deore groupset says it has ...
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Road Front Derailleur / Shifter Tuning

I've recently converted into 2spd crankset so I've bought a new 2spd road lever. I'm really struggling now to tune the front derailleur. Could you please assist me by answering this questions: Why ...
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Best Gear Shifters [closed]

I am new to Bicycling. I have a question on gear shifters. Mostly the bikes are available with Revo Shifter and EF Fire Shifters. Which one of these are best and why it is?
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Is it possible/worth it to replace just shifters and derailleurs on an older MTB?

I have an aluminum frame bicycle (mountain bike, 21-speed) that I purchased some time in the late 90s, it's marked "Skykomish Eureka" (though I can't find any evidence that such a brand and model ever ...
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Are these SIS Mountain/City Bike Derailleurs compatible with drop-bar shifting?

I'm considering the conversion of my flat-bar hybrid bike (GIANT Escape 3) in to a makeshift road bike, complete with drop bars. However, if the derailleurs have to go, it may not be cost-effective to ...
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Replacing Tiagra 9-speed shifter with 9-speed 105 or Sora shifters

So my handlebars were stolen from my Salsa Casseroll the other night, levers and all. (Argh.) The bike has a Tiagra 9 speed triple drivetrain, and Shimano discontinued Tiagra 9 speed hardware, leaving ...
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Where to buy 2005 Shimano 105/Ultegra brifter hoods? [closed]

I have a 2005 Trek 1500 WSD road bike with original Shimano 105 STI brake/shifter levers. I'm looking for replacement hoods for the brifters because the originals are wearing out. I believe the ...
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Incorrect number of clicks on SRAM MRX gear shifter

I purchased a bike with a "7 gear" SRAM MRX 200-70 gear shifter. However, the SRAM gear shifter only clicks 6 time (corresponding to 6 gear changes). Is the SRAM gear shifter faulty, and in need of ...
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SRAM double tap road shifters, MTB derailleurs?

Can I run SRAM double tap road shifters with MTB (X5, X7) derailleurs and cassette/chainrings? I want to get lower bottom gears than achieved with a 50-34 chainset and 34-11 cassette
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Possible Broken Shifter

My right Shimano shifter is now loose and clicking it doesn't do anything to the rear derailleur. I've checked the derailleur and it still works fine. How can I fix the shifter? Edit: It's a road ...
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If I use an 8 speed bar end shifter with the TT bar on my Allez, will I need to change any other parts of the drive chain?

My current bicycle is a 2013 Specialized Allez C2. It has an 8 speed rear cassette. I'd like to put in a TT handlebar. It's a given that I'll have to change the brake levers, as well as the shifters ...
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Disassembling Shimano integrated gear shifters (brifters)

The up-shift lever (the long one) on my gear shifter for the front derailleur got stuck and now I'm looking for a way to disassemble it. Is there a way to do it without removing it from the ...
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Shimano Sora 9-speed shifters “missing a speed”

First time posting, hope I can get some suggestions on this weird issue I've noticed with my shifting. I have a fairly decent understanding of how to maintain gears myself, and have made quite a few ...
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7 to 11 cassette upgrade or new bike

I've recently purchased a 1986 Schwinn Passage. Everything works great, but I'd like to upgrade to STI shifters and the Cassette. I've found a great deal on a groupset, Shimano 105 5800 11 Speed. My ...
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sram grip shifter to be fox CTD shock remote lever

the FOX shock CTD remote is a nice shock, but the remote is bulky, even the new 2014 version, still uneasy to change between CTD. I come across this article ...