How to adjust your gears

If you find it difficult to select gears your Insync bike may require some adjustment

  1. Put the gear lever into top gear, turn the pedals and allow the chain to go onto the smallest cog at the rear of the bike. If there is a cable adjuster on the gear lever body, or the derailleur body, screw it almost all the way in (clockwise).
  2. Undo the cable-securing bolt on the derailleur and move the cable out of the way.
  3. Lift the rear wheel off the ground, an extra pair of hands will be required. Turn the pedals while using your other hand to manually push the rear derailleur in towards the rear wheel. If the derailleur’s inner adjusting screw is correctly adjusted, the chain will only travel onto the largest cog and go no further. If it goes beyond that cog and falls into the spokes, turn the derailleur adjusting screw in (clockwise) and repeat this step. If the chain does not sit comfortably on the biggest cog, unscrew the adjusting screw a little and try again.
  4. Once you’re happy with that, allow the derailleur’s spring to push the derailleur outwards onto the smallest cog. Again if the chain comes off, or does not sit properly on the smallest cog, turn the other adjusting screw to move the derailleur’s position.
  5. When the derailleur’s travel goes comfortably between the large and small cogs, refit the gear cable and do up the securing bolt.
  6. Use the gear lever, go through all the gears several times. If the derailleur is slow to go up to the larger cogs, unscrew the cable adjuster on the derailleur body. If it is slow to go down to the smaller gears, screw in the cable adjuster. Re-check that all the securing bolts are tight and go for a gentle test ride.


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