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Old 07-01-19, 08:06 PM
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Chain rubbing against FD

I had a local bike shop wrench build a bike up from scratch. Upon taking it out on its maiden voyage I discovered the chain was rubbing against the FD. I returned to the shop explained the issue and some adjustments were made. Next ride started off with no rub until I took the bike off tarmac and onto a rough fire road.

What can I do to stop the issue?
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Old 07-01-19, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by amazinmets73 View Post
I had a local bike shop wrench build a bike up from scratch. Upon taking it out on its maiden voyage I discovered the chain was rubbing against the FD. I returned to the shop explained the issue and some adjustments were made. Next ride started off with no rub until I took the bike off tarmac and onto a rough fire road.

What can I do to stop the issue?
Depends on what's causing it. Seriously. Cross chaining? Not feathering it properly? Cable stretch? In what front/rear gear combinations does it rub? More information needed.
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Old 07-01-19, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Last ride 76 View Post
Depends on what's causing it. Seriously. Cross chaining? Not feathering it properly? Cable stretch? In what front/rear gear combinations does it rub? More information needed.
OK I'll call the shop tomorrow and ask
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Old 07-01-19, 09:41 PM
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If you had a friction shift lever you just move the lever to stop the scraping by fine tuning the cage position.
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Old 07-02-19, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
If you had a friction shift lever you just move the lever to stop the scraping by fine tuning the cage position.
And if a frog had longer legs he wouldn't bump his ass a' hoppin'.

As much as I appreciate you have many years of experience with bicycles, lots of your comments are the curmudgeonly 'back in my day' type, and are not particularly helpful.
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Shimano's left bar end shifters remains friction.. 8 & 9 speed indexed right side ( 10 & 11 i stopped worrying about)
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Old 07-02-19, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by amazinmets73 View Post
OK I'll call the shop tomorrow and ask
I'm not sure how the shop is supposed to know the answers to those questions - you're riding the bike, after all!

Often you can just 1/2 or 1/4 shift the front derailleur and eliminate any rubbing depending on what gear combination you're in. Basically, just slightly moving the front derailleur so it doesn't rub the chain.
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As others said, you have to indicate when it happens, and what equipment you are running.

Originally Posted by Wilfred Laurier View Post
And if a frog had longer legs he wouldn't bump his ass a' hoppin'.
As much as I appreciate you have many years of experience with bicycles, lots of your comments are the curmudgeonly 'back in my day' type, and are not particularly helpful.
This doesn't help at all, while on the off chance that the OP is running friction, Fiets post will be perfectly helpful.
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Old 07-02-19, 09:53 AM
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For that matter, what groupo are you running? I find Campy 11 is incredibly finicky to set up right but Campy 8, which has about 8 click stops, is cake.

Are you running the right derailleur and chain for the number of speeds? Ie, are you trying to run a triple front with a double derailleur, or a ten speed derailleur with 8 speed chain? Is the chainring jump appropriate for the derailleur - if you're trying to run 16 tooth with an old derailleur meant for 11-13, you might get some issues.
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Maybe a little more information on what the bike is, and what its gearing is? If the left side is friction, then Bob has it right. If indexed and a triple, then there may be a more complicated adjustment issue. Also depending on whether there are trim settings on the shifter or not.
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Originally Posted by amazinmets73 View Post
... a local bike shop wrench build a bike up from scratch...
Please - more specifics about the bike, chainset, gearing and shifters?
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Old 07-02-19, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by ridelikeaturtle View Post
I'm not sure how the shop is supposed to know the answers to those questions - you're riding the bike, after all!

Facepalm here...


I just figured out where the problem is... The shop BUILT the bike. He went in and TOLD them the issue with rubbing FD... If I'm the wrench who built the bike up, I would have the OP show me what he's doing when the rubbing occurs, and then go through all guesses in this thread as needed... including feathering! We're all trying to do it long distance, without even having pictures. May I suggest that you go back to the shop once more, and explain that the problem still exists to some degree, and maybe he can show you how to manage the FD positioning, or cross chaining or... or... etc. Probably take a grand total of 5 minutes (maybe 10) - unless there is a real mechanical problem, in which case, he ought to be fixing it anyway.
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11 speed Campy potenza. 10 speed centaur crank with 11-speed 28 tooth Ultegra cassette
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