Monday, March 02, 2009

Oh Snap!

Please learn from my mistake...

When --not if-- you break your rear derailleur cable inside your brake/shift lever, do not continue to use the lever. Under no circumstances should you click the lever all the way over (as if moving to your largest cog) because that stupid little nub with the frayed cable strands will drop down into the guts of the mechanism. I just spent an hour doing surgery on that lever to remove it. Shame on me of course, because my shifting was feeling a little ragged last week and I suspected the cable might be fraying but I was too lazy to fix it.

3 comments:

TnA said...

Shimano, eh?

Replace that right cable every year, whether it needs it or not ;-)

Marco Fanelli said...

Yes, Shimano. I usually keep up with the cables but got lazy this time. Do the other brands have this problem or do they have a scheme that pulls the cable straight? Does the new Dura Ace shifter solve this problem?

Anonymous said...

With Shimano 10sp you can shift to the large cog and inspect the cable through the hole in the lever cover.