Clacketing from rear derrailleur

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Claud Roubaix
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Clacketing from rear derrailleur

Postby Claud Roubaix » Tue Jul 02, 2013 20:51 pm

Hi only just starting using the full range of gears, but have noticed that when using smaller front cog in top gear and when using the larger front cog on largest rear cogs* i am hearing a clacketing sound on the rear derrailleur.
Obviously it is lined to alignment but is it easily adjusted or take the bike bike to shop for a tinkering?

Many thanks in anticipation.


(*not sure of the correct terms to use, apolgies)

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Re: Clacketing from rear derrailleur

Postby turnerjohn » Tue Jul 02, 2013 21:16 pm

erm its cos you shouldn't use extreme "small rear small front" or "large front large rear"....crossing over will knacker your chain due to the extreme twist forces on it

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Re: Clacketing from rear derrailleur

Postby Motogull » Tue Jul 02, 2013 21:18 pm

If you have 2 front rings and 5 rear cogs, you don't have 10 gears to use. Don't use largest or smallest at the same time. Keep the chain 'straight', so small at front and half the big ones at back and vice versa.

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Re: Clacketing from rear derrailleur

Postby andrewjoseph » Tue Jul 02, 2013 21:33 pm

to OP,

the noise you hear is probably the chain rubbing on front mech. as others have said, do not use the extremes. however, it may be time to aquaint yourself with the trim function of your front shifter, if you have one.
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Re: Clacketing from rear derrailleur

Postby Sprool » Tue Jul 02, 2013 21:56 pm

it will not knacker the chain for short usage but it does increase the rate of wear and is generally not considered best practice if you want to get the best life from your components. Plenty of youtube videos about tuning gears, its good to know what to do yourself, it helps understand about your bike as well as saving time and money with LBS visits. You know every time you visit the LBS you end up having to buy a bit more extra bling you dont really need. ;)

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Re: Clacketing from rear derrailleur

Postby skyd0g » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:41 am

You're doing what's known as 'cross-chaining' You should aviod using the largest cog on the front in combination with the larger cogs on your rear. Likewise, you should also avoid using the smaller cog on the front with the smaller cogs on the rear.

No need to adjust your mechs.
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Re: Clacketing from rear derrailleur

Postby CiB » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:50 am

To add to this (as it's not been said yet but Motogulf hinted at it) the same gear ratios are available in different gear combinations without cross-chaining.

On the big ring - big cassette drop to the small ring and go up a couple of gears at the back; on the small ring to small cassette change to the big ring and drop down a couple or three gears. You'll get roughly the same ratio without the noise; experimentation is the key.

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Re: Clacketing from rear derrailleur

Postby Claud Roubaix » Wed Jul 03, 2013 20:20 pm

Thanks for the replies, and the advice will be heeded.

I didnt realise that it was basically rider error. I will look at the suggested clips and begin to work out the correct sequence to use the gears. I genuinely had no idea.

Many many thanks - its a lot more technical than 30 years ago!

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Re: Clacketing from rear derrailleur

Postby Mikey23 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 21:30 pm

Took me ages to get my head around this too...

My first bike had a sturmey archer three speed

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Re: Clacketing from rear derrailleur

Postby Kieran_Burns » Wed Jul 03, 2013 22:04 pm

Claud Roubaix wrote:Thanks for the replies, and the advice will be heeded.

I didnt realise that it was basically rider error. I will look at the suggested clips and begin to work out the correct sequence to use the gears. I genuinely had no idea.

Many many thanks - its a lot more technical than 30 years ago!


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