Tips on how to tune up your bike at home?

Is this difficult to do?



I come from a single speed background, so everything is quite simple to understand. I learned a lot from putting together bikes on my own as well as making them for friends.

With that being said, I just recently bought a geared bike.. A Surly Crosscheck. The gears dont change smoothly, and I was wondering if I could fix that myself. Any suggestions?



4 thoughts on “Tips on how to tune up your bike at home?

  1. daddylonglegs2003 says:

    That’s a great bike! Congrats.

    If you’re new to gears, I would suggest getting a bicycle repair book and/or find some tips online. Once you do it a couple times it’s pretty easy and fun.

    You should be able to nearly everything at home. There are a few jobs that need some special tools and truing wheels is sometime a bugger but otherwise keep the bike out of the shop.

  2. Well if its barely clicking and the derailure hanger isint bent you might be able to use the barrel adjusters to tighten or loosen the cables, if its clicking a lot you will have to put it in the highest gear loosen up the cable with an allen wrench pull it snug tighten the bolt then use the barrel adjusters from there if its the high or low stops just take it to a bike shop that would be kinda hard to explain without you seeing or feeling, once you do it enough you can hear and feel what needs to do what

  3. youtube has videos step by step on how to do it. Just search derailleur adjustment or similar.

  4. I presume you bought a used Crosscheck or else you could have the dealer tune it. Start by cleaning the drivetrain with a degreaser and then lubing the chain. If the shifting problem is at the highest or lowest gear, then the stops may need adjusting; two small screws on each of the deraileurs limit the max. travel in and out. The RD hanger may be bent a bit, so look at that; ditto with the front; sometimes things are just a bit out of alignment on frame for the FD: “twisting” the mounting clamp a little can solve some noises.

    The bar-end shifters are cheap enough to replace if they feel sloppy; and you can tighten them up pretty easy, too. They also are capable of friction or index shifting modes. Try moving the rear one to friction shift instead of index shifting or vice versa; turning the ‘knob’ on the side of the shifter switches things from one to the other. Friction shifting may work better as you can move the shift lever just a tad to fine tune the shift, whereas index shifting uses ‘clicks’ to find discrete positions.

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