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    Dialing in tension shifters

    I'm not sure what the actual name of these are, but I'm trying to get my cable-tension shifters (I think this is one of the first shifters that come on five speed bikes, tension on the cable pulls the shifter toward the lowest gear) dialed in to where the bottom of my shift lever is my lowest gear ratio, and the top of my shift lever is my highest gear. After setting the tension by positioning the lever and the shifter, and tightening the cable clamp on the shifter in my lowest gear, I got it reasonably in position, and then adjusting one of the stop screws to limit its travel to my highest ratio. I have found the other screw next to the first has no apparant effect. I'm wanting to use the full shifter lever's travel, but now am using about the lower 50% in this configuration. How would I go about tuning these shifters properly? All my other attempts as of yet would end up pulling the chain off my rear cogs, which makes riding quite interesting.

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    This might not be much help, but a different gear used as a starting point in your adjustment setup may make a difference.

    Best bet: go to the Park tool site and look for tips on procedure: http://parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=64

    I'm working on an old Shimano 5-speed twist grip equipped bike right now, and that's some weird stuff. I'm still hopeful that the Park site will help solve my problem.

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    OK, I think this may help me. I'll try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lectraplayer View Post
    I'm wanting to use the full shifter lever's travel, but now am using about the lower 50% in this configuration.
    It doesn't work that way. You'll never use your shifter's full travel. A relatively small amount of cable pull is used to pull your derailleur from the smallest rear cog up to the largest. That doesn't change regardless of how you tune your derailleur. Your friction shifter will always have more cable pull capability than your derailleur can use.

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    Flat-top's link was just what the doctor ordered for me. My shifting feels much better now.
    Dispite all my rage I'm still just a rat in a cage...

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