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Replacing Front Shifter Cable
#1
I am replacing the shifter cable on an Alivio Front Index Shifter.
What gear should the front shifter be in when I install a new cable? When I removed the cable, I had to be in 3 and the cable would come out. But after I put the new cable in, the front derailleur would not shift. When I inspected the cable at the shifter end, I noticed that the cable was right up against the end of the cable housing, so obviously it is missing the mechanism inside to shift. I cannot seem to find any easy way to check to see if there is some sort of catch for the cable end ( like on brakes). My only thought is if the shifter has to be in a different position when reinstalling. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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#2
It depends on the type of shifter.
Maybe Park website can help:-
http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=117
There is sometimes a removable cover that allows access to the fitting.
Have a look at the other shifter and that might be a guide to how the cable fits. (with care). My older LX has has a hinged cover and it unclips to allow access.
I have to line up the slots of the adjuster and body to change the cable.
See Alex's video as there is a shot of cable removal near the end.
http://bicycletutor.com/rapid-fire-shifters/

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#3
Ok, I sorted it out. For Alivio front index shifter, in order to install a new cable you need to be in 1st gear.

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