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Work the derailleur back and forth

Work the derailleur back and forth

Front derailleur cable tension pulls the cage outwards, shifting your chain onto larger chainrings, but when you release the tension, the derailleur relies on a spring to pull the cage back toward the frame and to pull your chain onto smaller sprockets. If your pivots are dirty or worn, the spring won’t be strong enough to pull back the change and shifts into lower gears will be slow. ...

Step - 2 - Adjusting the cable tension on standard rear derailleurs

Adjusting the cable tension on standard rear derailleurs

This is possibly the single most important adjustment that you will learn to make on your bicycle, and it’s not difficult. There are always clear signs when you need to adjust the tension of your rear derailleur cable. If the derailleur doesn’t respond to your shifter, if it shifts more than one sprocket when you click the lever or if the chain rattles and clatters as you shift, it’s time to look at your cable tension. ...

Slave to the rhythm the derailleur

Derailleurs

Derailleurs are cunning bits of kit. The way they work is simple: they take advantage of your pedalling action to move the chain smoothly from one sprocket to another. The name comes from the French for ’derail’ (pronounced simply ’de-railer’ or ’de-rail-yer’). ...