I installed a Simplex 102 Front derailleur on my Peugeot PRN this afternoon and took her for a ride. What was perfectly adjusted in the house became a sloppy mess on the road, throwing the chain and every thing. When I got home an inspection revealed that the shifter cable is now super-sloppy in the small-gear position and the end is frayed right down to the little bolt that is doing such a sucky job holding the cable in place. I checked this against the MTBs in the house and none of their cables were this sloppy and none of them were frayed. I'm going to "look into this" tomorrow and have two questions:
- Is there a better way to secure the cable than simple friction between the bolt and the plate? It doesn't seem to be working that way. I looked to see if there was a hole or something drilled throught the bolt to hold it in place but I saw none. Should I look closer?
- How mush "slack" is acceptable in the cable? Should I replace it or just adjust it as it is still "breaking in"?
- Is there a way to get/install/re-use the shifter-end stopper so that I can use another length of the same cable? I know that the cables are cheep enough but why waste what you don't have to?