Bicycle Mechanics - Broken Barrel Adjuster
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11-25-02, 07:41 AM
The barrel adjuster on my right LX shifter broke off.
1) Is this a part my LBS should be able to order?
2) Any suggestions on how to remove the broken piece still inside the shifter? Is disassembly recommended, if necessary?
11-25-02, 09:38 AM
To remove use something smaller in diameter that can expand againt the walls of what is left and pull it out. I never reccomend disassembly of a rapidfire shifter. With all of the peices and microscopic parts you don't want to risk it. I would ask yur LBS on parts. I know for example you can get the shift indicator. There are not a whole lot of parts for them as they are not designed to be servicable.
If the problem is just the barrel adjuster, you may be able to improvise a suitable replacement, as many brake and gear systems use similar devices.
11-25-02, 12:04 PM
I think I would try a set of needle nose pliers first. If there is a bit of the barrel adjuster that you can get a grip on, use the pliers from the outside to turn it out. If you can't get a grip, shove the pliers into the adjuster, open them up and try turning the broken piece from the inside. I expect that your LBS will either be able to get you a new barrel adjuster, or dig one up from the parts bin. Good luck!
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