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How do I tighten the gears on my bike? Answered

Periodically, the gears on my bike get loose, and the gears don't change as well. When I take it in to the bike shop, the guy fixes it in two minutes. Is there an easy way to do this at home. I know it involves the screws near the actual gear shift, but I'm not quite sure on how to do this properly.

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You can probably find anything you need to know about maintaining a bike on sheldonbrown.com, the site of the late great Sheldon Brown. Here's a link to the Gears and Drivetrains section: http://sheldonbrown.com/gearing/index.html