Gear changing trouble? Check this.

For a couple of weeks my gear changing on the rear derailleur has been inconsistent and unpredictable and very frustrating! Sometimes no change at all after actuation of the handlebar lever, sometime a jump of two, and occasionally jumping off between two rings. This is often accompanied by grinding and clicks, clangs. Upsetting because I

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Removal of the drop-out tabs

From Wikipedia:

Lawyer lips or lawyer tabs (a type of positive retention device) are tabs fitted to the fork ends on the front fork of bicycle to prevent a wheel from leaving the fork if the quick release skewer comes undone. They were introduced in response to lawsuits in cases where incorrectly adjusted quick release wheels

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