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    Dumb@s$ Jarhead mrt10x's Avatar
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    unwanted shifting

    So I finally got my 85 Pinarello put together... all 1st gen C Record. Took it out for the first ride yesterday, and every time I stood up and hammered my rear dérailleur would begin to shift into smaller cogs... ever 2nd or 3rd pedal stroke. Just cable stretch?? or something else?
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    If Friction Shifters, are they too loose?

    If they are downtube, there should be a screw or wing nut on the side, tighten this, and it should be OK
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    Yah.. downtube shifters.. I wondered if this could be it.. I just didnt understand why it would shift the way it was... I will check.
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    Oh yeah, just remembered this article from Shledon's site:

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/autoshift.html
    Quote Originally Posted by cc700 View Post
    i jam my thumbs up and back into the tubes. this way i can point my fingers straight out in front to split the wind and attain an even more aero profile, and the usual fixed gear - zen - connectedness feeling through the drivetrain is multiplied ten fold because my thumbs become one with the tubing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrt10x View Post
    Yah.. downtube shifters.. I wondered if this could be it.. I just didnt understand why it would shift the way it was... I will check.
    You've got it.

    You need to tighten down the bolt that threads into the braze-on and attaches the shifter to the frame. Should take all of 30 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Dopolina View Post
    You've got it.

    You need to tighten down the bolt that threads into the braze-on and attaches the shifter to the frame. Should take all of 30 seconds.
    Since they are Campy shifters, plan on tightening this bolt fairly often. These thing have a long-term reputation for losing their adjustment and allowing the "ghost shifting" you are experiencing.

    I had a set of Record friction shifters on one bike years ago and had to retighten them about every three weeks to prevent unwanted shifts. I replaced them with Sun Tour Cyclone shifters and the problem never came back.

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    I guess I have read that before... and that the Sun Tours had a better reputation for staying put. Thanks for the help.. I am glad no one said, bent frame,,,frame flex,,, etc.
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    Well crap.. now Sheldon (RIP) has said the dreaded "flex" word... it is an SLX frame and I do weigh 185lbs... wonder if I am flexing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrt10x View Post
    Well crap.. now Sheldon (RIP) has said the dreaded "flex" word... it is an SLX frame and I do weigh 185lbs... wonder if I am flexing it.
    SLX? I doubt you're not flexing it so much that that's causing the ghost shifts.

    Try Loctite 222 on the threads of the fixing bolt.

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    Yeah.. Columbus SLX.. right?? I guess I just heard that some of the 80's light tubing could be a bit flexy for "heavier" riders.
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    Per Sheldon, clean, and try a little dry lube on the cable where it goes through the guide on the underside of the bottom bracket. Frame flexing alone shouldn't cause a shift, but the friction at this point can result in the flexing "walking" the cable against the friction of the shifter.

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    would old cables contribute? I have no idea how long these cables have been in use.
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