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Old 06-15-06, 10:07 PM   #1
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Frozen Shifter, Vacation this weekend, bike shop cant fix, What do I do?

Trek 1500, 2005 with 250 miles on it. 105 shifter, (right hand side) works but wont shift right. It might shift, then it might not, then it might shift when I dont want it too. Seems to not wanna find a cog to rest on. Im leaving for the beach Saturday and My LBS looked at it and tried to adjust it and did more harm than good.

At least before I took it in, it would shift, now, it might then it might not.

I had planned on 180 mile ride during the week at the beach.

What to do?

He said he can send it off to trek but Im leaving in 2 days and That aint gonna happen.

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What type of shifter?
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When my rotor was rubbing (the bike was still new) and he couldn't fix it, I asked for a swap off of one of their bikes on the floor. I let him know that I didn't think that I should wait for a part when I bought the bike new and it should be okay upon delivery. I suggested he swap the part from another bike (same model) and send the defective one off while the floor model was waiting, not me. "No problem, good idea!" Everyone ended up happy.
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Trek 1500, 2005 with 250 miles on it. 105 shifter, (right hand side) works but wont shift right. It might shift, then it might not, then it might shift when I dont want it too. Seems to not wanna find a cog to rest on.
Seriously, it sounds like it might be a simple derailleur adjustment issue (although I'd like to believe the LBS is not _that_ imcompetent). 250 miles is a good amount of time for the cable to stretch a bit. Check/adjust the alignment and see if it makes a difference.

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Good lord, I should read posts more carefully before I reply...I see that the LBS adjusted it. But since adjustments made it worse (that is, had an effect), I still suspect adjustment issues. Find someone else to adjust the derailleru, or just do it yourself.
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Im thinking the same thing gcl8a
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What cable do you have? probably replacing the cabe for a good quality cabe and reajusting the dereuilermay solve the problem.
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Second opinion? Take it to a different LBS and see waht they say/do.
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I'd go with a different LBS - 105's aint rocket science

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The other thing to check is the derailleur hanger. Even the most Bozo of bikeshops can handle a simple cable adjustment, but some may miss an out of wack hanger which may cause the problems you have. I would have that checked.

My only other long shot question is if the derailleur is actually pulling cable. Probably like everyone else said it is an adjustment issue, but I have had some older ultegras get the pauls gunked up so that they only sometimes "catch" the ratchet mechanism. Meaning I when I shift into a lower gear (pull the cable) nothing happens. This is unlikly in such a new shifter unless they guy putting it together spilled his Pepsi in it.
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I would talk to the manager/owner of the shop first. A new bike should work correctly. If something needs to be adjusted, they should adjust it properly. If something is broken, they should make it right without you having to wait for a replacememnt from the mfr.
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Could they swap the defective part out with a comparbale part from a road bike on the floor? That way, they can get you working and send the defective part back to Trek.
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I had planned on 180 mile ride during the week at the beach.
Beach riding can create unusual problems. My guess is that your shift cables and cable housings are corroded and/or the shifters are dirty and/or corroded. Try hosing out the insides of the shifters with WD40. You may need new shift cables and housings, but you can try lubing the cables where they run through the housings and below the bottom bracket. You may also need shift cable tension adjustments.

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I would talk to the manager/owner of the shop first. A new bike should work correctly. If something needs to be adjusted, they should adjust it properly. If something is broken, they should make it right without you having to wait for a replacememnt from the mfr.
+1 That's how I'd handle it. It's still a very new bike and should be handled correctly.
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+1 That's how I'd handle it. It's still a very new bike and should be handled correctly.
If all else fails (and these are GOOD suggestions in this thread!), adjust cable tension until the thing rests on your 17T cog, barrel adjust until perfectly happy in the 17T. Then ride it as a 2-speed (two chainrings, right?). You'll be surprised at how great of a ride you can have in this configuration. If you have a triple up front, choose a 16T or 15T cog.

It pisses me off that they keep adding gears to cassettes. I haven't seen any measurable benefit since they went up to 7. The 8, 9, and 10 are a waste of effort. I've got a 6 on my old tandem, and I'm loving how close the rear spoke are to symmetrical.

I can't wait until we see the "THIS ONE GOES TO ELEVEN!!!!!!!one11eleventy!!!onE!" ads from Shimano when they get there.
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thanks everyone, these are exellent ideas and I certainly appreciate it. The owner is solo, works on the bikes as well. Hes a great guy but Now, after reading this, He should have taken a shifter off of one of his other freaking bikes. Or at least offerred. If I wasnt taking it to the beach, I would understand but this ride is important.

Im gonna let him know that as well. Ive only bought 5 new treks at that store.

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Its loaded on top of the van, I leave early in the morning. Hopefully I can ride it.
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