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Questions on setting up my new GARY FISHER!!! HELP!(4 posts)

Questions on setting up my new GARY FISHER!!! HELP!Anthony
Jun 22, 2001 12:07 AM
HEllo,

i recently bought a Gary Fisher Tasajara and i have two questions about it...

First off...when i shift the front gear into the middle (2nd gear) and the rear gear into the "toughest" gear...something makes a noise while im biking....in the manual it says that these noises arent normal...does anyone know of any pages or anywhere i can get help on making drivetrain, deurailler adjustments...i have no idea what im doing....

second...my tasajara cam with a Manitou magnum shock....how do i know when the preload is adjusted correctly for my weight? i weigh about 145-140 pounds...im not sure how much ishould turn it because theres no reference on the adjustment nob as to how tight or loose it is.

THANKS VERY MUCH!!!

~Anthony
re: Questions on setting up my new GARY FISHER!!! HELP!jayz
Jun 22, 2001 6:00 AM
if you just bought it, then bring it back to the bike shop you bought it at....you didnt mail order, now did you??????
if you "have no idea what you are doing" then buy one of the many maintainace books out there, that will help....but the shop should hook you up on one of those 30 day free tuneups

mtbr.com might be a better help for you, and they have a "drivetain" board as well...
re: Questions on setting up my new GARY FISHER!!! HELP!searcher
Jun 22, 2001 7:49 AM
Give this site a try. It has helped me out many times.
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/derailer-adjustment.html
Not to panic!Spoke Wrench
Jun 22, 2001 4:50 PM
The shifting noise is probably the chain rubbing the front derailleur. This is a fairly common problem that is caused by cable stretch. That's one reason why all decent bike shops have some kind of 30 day tune up program. If you want to try to adjust it yourself, turn the barrel adjuster on the front shift cable counter-clockwise about 1/2 turn.

Preload adjustmemts on suspension forks can vary by terrain and how hard you ride. Most guys set up their forks way too stiff. Basically, you'd like the fork to almost bottom out on the hardest hit for each ride. Otherwise you're not using all of the travel you paid for. At your weight, I'd suspect the preload adjusters should be almost all the way out.

Good luck.