Originally posted on MAKE:


In this Skill Builder piece, guest contributor and mountain biker Chris Nodder (author of Bike Boo Boos) explains common problems with bike shifters and how to deal with them. – Gareth

Before you mess with the derailleur, consider other potential sources of your poor shifting problem.

  • If the rear shifter works properly when using the large chain ring but not the small chain ring, or vice versa, then the rear derailleur hanger might be bent.
  • If the shifting skips when you apply pressure, check that your chain and cassette are not worn.
  • If the shifting skips every third or fourth pedal revolution, check for a tight chain link.
  • If the shifting skips when you go over a bump, and you are riding a full suspension bike, check that your cable housing is long enough. It may be stretching as the suspension flexes, causing the gears to ghost shift…

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