The gear system is one of the most important parts of a bicycle. It is in charge of transferring the power from the pedals towards the wheels, using several cogs and a chainring, which results in the forward or backward movement of the machine. If the gears are damaged or not assembled correctly, it will majorly affect the bicycles overall range of motion.
In principle, tweaking bicycle gears should be very simple, especially for experienced cyclers. However, many users find this to be very complicated. Right now, I would like to share these few easy steps on how to properly adjust the gears on your bike.
First and foremost, you’ll need to identify where the adjustments need to be made. Scan your bike gear properly and carefully check on your front and rear derailleurs. If there’s something snagging on your chain, there’s probably damage somewhere in these areas.
Specifying where the problem lies is always the most basic step. We cannot proceed to find a solution if we are unclear where the hitch is coming from. Until we answer this question, we won’t be able to proceed to the next steps.
Once you’ve identified that the problem is indeed in the rear derailleurs, you will need to modify a few of its parts as well. Namely, the upper limit, lower limit, cable tension and the B-tension screw. Here are a few tips on how to do this.
On the other hand, if it is your front derailleurs that need adjustment, here are some helpful tips. Compared to the rear derailleur, this is a lot simpler to adjust.
Adjusting your rear and front derailleurs is difficult at first, but as you get the hang of doing this, it slowly becomes easier. It just takes a lot of practice and experience to perfect. Additionally, be sure to make it a habit to constantly check your gears, even if everything seems to be running smoothly. It’s a good practice to prevent any untoward incidents from happening.
Happy riding, everyone!