I just got a new, and as inexpensive as they come, hybrid bicycle. It’s got 21 gears, but I can’t really work them. There’s three on the left, and 7 on the right. I know I’m supposed to pedal when switching gears, and I can get to most of the 7 gears on the right when the three is on the left, but when I switch to 2 on the left, the gears don’t switch all the way… and it feels like I’m pedaling nothing and the chain makes noises 😮 I keep meaning to try to read the book to see if I can solve it myself, but haven’t had a chance yet.
What am I doing wrong?
Thanks for any help!
If you bought it from a bicycle dealer, take it back and have them adjust it. My son worked at a bike shop and they are very sensitive to being adjusted properly. If you bought it from a chain store, they probably don’t have anyone experienced enough to do the proper adjustment. You may have to pay someone to set it up properly.
Your not doing anything wrong. It sounds like the front derailleur needs adjusting. It moves the chain left and right allowing it to jump gears. It is not very hard to adjust, usually a couple small hex keys but don’t mess if your not mechanically inclined. Not a pricey adjustment usually.