Q. My mountain bike is totally off gear. I put it on gear number 4 and it is on number 6. What do I do?
— Rollin’ Ryan, Reno, Nev.
A. Does it shift through all the gears? If it does, then don’t worry about the numbers aligning. A real mountain biker doesn’t have time to pay attention to the numbers. It’s all about the “feel” in his legs.
In other words, let the strain on your legs guide your shifting, not what you think is the right gear number. You should shift to maintain a cadence of around 80-100 revolutions per minute (count the number of times your right knee goes up).
If the bike doesn’t shift easily thru all the gears, that’s another story. Click here to see our online derailleur adjustment.
If the adjustment barrel doesn’t work, take your bike to a bike shop soon.
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