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Newbie questionsami
Apr 9, 2001 5:50 AM
The cables for the front and rear derailleurs came out from the top holder on the down tupe. How do I put them back in?

I appreciate your help.

MOST bikes work this way:Spoke Wrench
Apr 9, 2001 6:26 AM
Go to the back of your bike and manually put your chain onto the biggest cog. Now go wash your hands. WITHOUT TURNING THE CRANK, work your shifter as if you were shifting into the smallest cog. That will give you enough slack in your shift cable to replace your cable housings into the cable stops.

A few bikes have derailleurs that work "backwards." If you have one of those, you manually put the chain onto the smallest cog and pretend to shift up to the biggest cog to get the cable slack you need.

If you had this problem, I suspect your bike wasn't shifting very well. After you are sure all of the cable housings are seated properly, turn the crank and the derailleur will shift onto the smallest cog. Loosen the cable anchor on the rear derailleur and pull all of the slack out of the shift cable and reanchor the shift cable. Try to shift the gears one at a time. If it doesn't shift onto the next biggest cog, turn the barrel adjuster on the rear derailleur counter-clockwise about 1/4 turn. Repeat as necessary until the bike shifts smoothly in both directions.