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Video: Bike maintenance Pt 4 – How to Adjust Your Bike's Gears for Maximum Shifting Performance

Clicking or mis-shifting gears can ruin a ride and seriously impair your bike's performance - here's how to keep them shifting smoothly

Gears give a mighty boost to your cycling performance by helping you climb hills easier and speed along on the flat, but if they are misaligned or poorly adjusted they can ruin a ride and take a significant edge off the performance of your bike. 

Luckily with a little know-how they are easy to keep running smoothly and efficiently. In the fourth of our series of cycle maintenance videos former Cycle Surgery chief mechanic, Andrew Brown, shows you how to set up your front and rear derailleurs to ensure crisp, efficient shifts, and how to fine tune your gears for maximum smoothness between changes. 

The whole series of our bike maintenance videos is available now on Youtube to help you get to grips with the essentials of keeping your bike running efficiently all year round. 

How to Clean and Lube Your Bike for Maximum Cycling Efficiency
How to Get the Best from Your Bike's Brakes
How to Keep Your Bike's Wheels Round, Tight and True
How to Adjust Your Bike's Gears for Maximum Shifting Performance
How to Choose the Right Gear Ratios for You and Your Bike
How to Cure Your Bike's Creaks and Squeaks
How to Choose and Set Up the Right Tyres for Your Bike

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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