Took STI 105 apart (8 speed), now what do I do?
Well I did the unthinkable (of course I didn't know it was the unthinkable until I looked for input on this forum). I took of the cover of my ancient 105 sti (8spd) shifters, I mean the cover with the hex bolt through the center that holds the spring in place. We were just re-doing the bike, cleaning, new cables, saddle, bar tape etc so that my wife could use it this year, and I took off the covers. The old cables had snapped (corrosion) right at the shifter and the metal cap on the outer cable had corroded into the shifter. I had to dril it out, that's why i took it off. It was easier than I thought and in retrospect I could have done that on the bike. Dumb, dumb, dumb. Now what do I do?
Anyway, the front derailleur shifter I managed to get back on (miracle?, probably yeah), but the rear derailleur spring is giving me a heck of a time. Any tricks?
If I can't do this, can I put a 9-speed shifter onthis bike (the 8 speeds are not to be found)? Can I e.g. just take a 9-speed 105?
Any inexpensive but good integrated shifters that you would recommend? This is an old Koga steel frame but my wife loves it and really likes the integrated shifters.
Thanks for any input!