so my friend's bike doesn't change gears anymore. reason: front shifting mechanism seems to be dead, or stuck. lever moves, nothing. cable change, nothing. he's been riding like so for a while now, but likes the gear it's in. since he doesn't do anymore than 7 miles for his daily loop, it doesn't bother him at all.
the rear gears do change, he just doesn't bother because the chain rattles against the front derailer. should we remove the front dearailer entirely, and snip the cable? would it affect the rear? my common sense tells me it wouldn't be a problem, but my gut instincts tell me to ask the more knowledgeable bike forum
thanks to all, as usual.