Basic Derailleur Skills

If there is one thing that confused me most about my bikes at first, it was how the rear derailleur works. Let’s shine some light on this mysterious piece of tech, shall we?

Disclaimer: This is by no means a perfect description of how to fix every problem a derailleur is having. If you have tried everything in this post and it still hasn’t worked, try taking your bike into your favourite local bike shop.

Feel free to skip ahead to what you need to know most:

In this post

  • What do all these screws do?
  • Adjusting your cable tension
  • Setting your limit screws
  • Indexing your gears