Rear Gear Problem

I have an annoying problem with my rear gears. When I change (usually down, but occasionally up) it takes 5 or 6 turns of the pedal before the new gear selects. This happens more with the larger gears than the smaller ones.


I've seen things you people wouldn't believe
Sounds like it could be sticking cables. Have they been lubed or replaced lately?
I'd also suggest checking the indexing - the cable could have stretched.


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Another vote for gunge in the cables. They aren't lubed in the factory so a bit opf dirt/moisture gets in, the things corode a bit and bingo. Cables won't run and gears bugger up.

I strip and grease my brake and gear cables once a year (actually you can get away without too much stripping down) and they run without incident. I have cables that are years old and stikll work perfectly, used winter and summer on a bike that gets washed about once a year. Whether it needs it or not.
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