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Shifter Cable in FD Won't Listen
I've watched hours of tutoring videos all over the internet in search for an answer. This forum is probably my last shot at it. The gears on the left (for the front derailleur) don't change the gears on my bike, because the shifter cable is out. I've been trying to reinsert my shifter cable for my FD, but only gear one and two work, and it's too stiff for the third gear. Ahhhh! Please help!!
Jul 15, 2014 08:02 PM
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RE: Shifter Cable in FD Won't Listen
Sorry, there's no way to help with the info you've given. If you can post some pictures of the shifter, derailleur, etc. we may be able to spot something.

The basic things to look for are kinked cables or cable housing. Trying lubing up the cable, shifter, and derailleur, check the alignment of derailleur and the limit screws, and finally the cable tension.
Jul 16, 2014 01:34 AM
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RE: Shifter Cable in FD Won't Listen
(Jul 16, 2014 01:34 AM)DaveM Wrote:  Sorry, there's no way to help with the info you've given. If you can post some pictures of the shifter, derailleur, etc. we may be able to spot something.

The basic things to look for are kinked cables or cable housing. Trying lubing up the cable, shifter, and derailleur, check the alignment of derailleur and the limit screws, and finally the cable tension.

I'm pretty sure that gear 2 and 3 work perfectly. But gear one is making this weird rattling sound. I can't take pics because it's with one of my friends. He's looking over it, currently.
Jul 16, 2014 01:37 AM
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RE: Shifter Cable in FD Won't Listen
There are too many possibilities, including the likely scenario of more than one problem. Find a qualified friend or a bike co-op, or Google "adjust front derailleur" and "install shift cable" Videos are great for seeing the process but not good at covering the details. Ignore the videos for now and look for results that point to sheldonbrown.com or parktool.com/blog.
Jul 16, 2014 05:17 AM
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