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Where front shifter cable attaches?
Hi!

I've replaced my front shifter cable. However I dont know where to guide the wire in the front derailleur and where to fasten it to. The inner cable video http://bicycletutor.com/inner-shift-cable/ only deals with the back derailleur, and but can't get any hints from the front derailleur adjustment video http://bicycletutor.com/adjust-front-derailer/ . I've looked for pictures but can't find anything. I would appreciate all help with this!

Thanks in advance!


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Apr 14, 2011 11:56 AM
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RE: Where front shifter cable attaches?
The cable attaches at point "A" and, with that design of shifter, goes down to the bottom bracket.
There should be a shallow slot where the cable clamps.
Usually the cable goes under the bottom bracket but some older frames it goes just above.
If you look under the BB there should be a cable guide there.

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Apr 14, 2011 12:09 PM
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RE: Where front shifter cable attaches?
(Apr 14, 2011 11:56 AM)los Wrote:  Hi!

I've replaced my front shifter cable. However I dont know where to guide the wire in the front derailleur and where to fasten it to. The inner cable video http://bicycletutor.com/inner-shift-cable/ only deals with the back derailleur, and but can't get any hints from the front derailleur adjustment video http://bicycletutor.com/adjust-front-derailer/ . I've looked for pictures but can't find anything. I would appreciate all help with this!

Thanks in advance!


Los

this picture should help


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Apr 14, 2011 12:19 PM
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RE: Where front shifter cable attaches?
Ok, I understand where to clamp the end.

Now I'm not sure where to feed the cable into the derailleur so that it will actually change gears.


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Apr 14, 2011 01:54 PM
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RE: Where front shifter cable attaches?
your pic shows you have the cable running inside your cage. no no
look at my pic closer. the cable runs behind the seat tube, then up behind the cage then over the bolt
from the back to front
push your finger on the top of derailluer and see how it moves. that mimics the cable pulling from the bottom


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Apr 14, 2011 03:33 PM
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RE: Where front shifter cable attaches?
Ok, I moved the wire to behind the cage so it follows the seat tubing.

I think something additional needs to be done here, otherwise the derailleur doesn't move upon changing gears.

There is a black plastic cylindrical piece that, if I put the wire against it, there seems to be "some" movement of the derailleur. However, it doesn't shift nicely through the three gears at all. This leads me to think that the black cylinder is important, but that I need to somehow change the positioning of the wire with respect to the cylinder.

If the wire is so that it lies away from the black cylinder, there is no movement at all.


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RE: Where front shifter cable attaches?
As pk sort of suggested. Take the cable (wire) away entirely. Using your finger push against A, and look to see how the derailleur moves. The cable should ONLY be attached to A, and be well away from all other parts of the derailleur.

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Apr 15, 2011 12:25 PM
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RE: Where front shifter cable attaches?
Ive found out that the real problem is not cable placement but rather that it was not tense enough. I can get it pretty tense by grabbing on the wire with my hand and then securing it. However, I was wondering if there was some trick or tool to really pulling the wire hard; i've tried wrapping the end of the wire around a pencil. Any other tricks?


Thanks in advance!


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Apr 19, 2011 06:23 AM
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RE: Where front shifter cable attaches?
(Apr 19, 2011 06:23 AM)los Wrote:  Ive found out that the real problem is not cable placement but rather that it was not tense enough. I can get it pretty tense by grabbing on the wire with my hand and then securing it. However, I was wondering if there was some trick or tool to really pulling the wire hard; i've tried wrapping the end of the wire around a pencil. Any other tricks?


Thanks in advance!


Los

I used pliers. after securing and confirming it works properly; I put a cap over the end to prevent fraying.

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Apr 19, 2011 08:01 AM
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RE: Where front shifter cable attaches?
There are these too, but if you only do this a couple times then stick with what nfmisso said. http://forums.bicycletutor.com/thread-1226.html

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Apr 20, 2011 05:12 AM
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