Rough gear shifts

Dwn

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So, after various unexpected difficulties and some useful advice from this forum, I managed to swap the wheels on my bike for a new set.

Since the cassette was jammed on the old wheels, I bought and fitted a new one. Both were Shimano 105 (11 speed). Although the old chain was ok, undecided to fit a new one.

Went out for a cycle today and after 4 miles the chain snapped. My guess is that I hadn't fully inserted the joining pin. Gear changes were ok.

Got home, removed the broken link and joined the chain with a quick link. On the bike stand the gear shifts felt fine. However, a short spin round the area revealed that the gear shifts were very ragged and at times the chain felt under real tension - I pushed too hard it would snap.

I'm close to the point where I might have to turn this over to the LBS but for my own interest I'd like to try and fix it.

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Mike_P

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Location
Harrogate
Are you sure the chain length is correct?
 
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Dwn

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Are you sure the chain length is correct?
As far as I can see. I laid it out beside the old one (which only had about 1000 miles on it) and the length was pretty much exactly the same.
 

Spiderweb

Not So Special One
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North Yorkshire
I could be wrong but something doesn’t look right?
From where the chain leaves the top jockey wheel to where it engages with the cassette doesn’t seem to be running in a straight line?
The derailleur and jockey wheels really need a good clean too.
 
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Dwn

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I could be wrong but something doesn’t look right?
From where the chain leaves the top jockey wheel to where it engages with the cassette doesn’t seem to be running in a straight line?
The derailleur and jockey wheels really need a good clean too.
Hhmm - will have another look in the morning. It looks similar to my other bike, but I didn't have a close check.

Yeah, the derailleur seemed clean-ish this morning but was filthy when I got back. Must have been more residual dirt and grease than I thought.
 

ianrauk

Tattooed Beat Messiah
It looks like the derailleur cage is broken.
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Yep, sure looks like it.
 

ianrauk

Tattooed Beat Messiah
Hhmm - will have another look in the morning. It looks similar to my other bike, but I didn't have a close check.

Yeah, the derailleur seemed clean-ish this morning but was filthy when I got back. Must have been more residual dirt and grease than I thought.
Your chain had probrably far too much oil or lube which picked up a load of road dust/debris. Next time after cleaning and relubing the chain, use a rag to wipe the excess. For day to day dry riding a chain doesn't need a lot of lubrication.
 
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Ming the Merciless

Formerly YukonBoy
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Inside my skull
Indeed it is broken. The chain is also running at a very funny angle from the cassette to the top jockey wheel. Look at the sharp angle in the chain behind the mount point I’ve drawn a red circle. Is that a wolf / road link the derailleur is mounted on? Is the chain caught on it, maybe a bolt sticking out? The chain should be wrapped further round the bottom cassette teeth, but it’s miles away.

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Mike_P

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Location
Harrogate
It might do. Or whatever caused that break has also misaligned the derailleur.
I've just had a misaligned derailleur which was making me think from the noise the chain was jumping on the cogs when it was actually jumping off and running on the side of the bottom pulley wheel
 
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Dwn

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Indeed it is broken. The chain is also running at a very funny angle from the cassette to the top jockey wheel. Look at the sharp angle in the chain behind the mount point I’ve drawn a red circle. Is that a wolf / road link the derailleur is mounted on? Is the chain caught on it, maybe a bolt sticking out? The chain should be wrapped further round the bottom cassette teeth, but it’s miles away.

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Thanks for highlighting - will have a proper look in the morning.
 
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