Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-04-10, 09:20 PM   #1
nancy sv
family on bikes
Thread Starter
 
nancy sv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: on my bike between North and South
Bikes: which one?
Posts: 2,376
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Most durable integrated brake/shifter

It is starting to look like my husband's brake/shifter lever is not going to go back together. We will be taking it into Lima tomorrow to see if we can find someone to fix it, but we have our doubts. I'm not sure what our options will be if we have to buy a new one, but which ones should we avoid? Which ones tend to be the longest lasting? Thanks for your input!
nancy sv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-10, 09:26 PM   #2
AEO
Senior Member
 
AEO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: A Coffin Called Earth. or Toronto, ON
Bikes: Bianchi, Miyata, Dahon, Rossin
Posts: 12,258
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
you can't take apart shimano levers.
you can take apart campagnolo levers.
I don't know if you can take apart SRAM levers.

they all last about the same depending on price, but campy is serviceable.
by price, I mean lower end doesn't last as long as higher end.
__________________
Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
http://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/arti...ger-photos.htm
AEO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-10, 09:38 PM   #3
dwr1961
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SW Idaho
Bikes:
Posts: 643
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Be prepared for some serious sticker shock when you get to the bike shop... You'll find much better deals on the 'net. Follow up your original post with information on the manufacturer / model / # of "speeds" for your broken components and we can steer you to some savings.
dwr1961 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-10, 06:57 AM   #4
miamijim
Senior Member
 
miamijim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Tampa, Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 13,301
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
The most durable ones are the ones you dont crash on.

You can probably fix it yourself. Flush it out with with some type of solvent. Some people like WD40, I use brake cleaner. After you lfuch it out lub it up and run in through the gears for awhile. Then flush it out again and lub it up again. DO NOT use any type pf wax lube or dry lube. A light lube like Tri-Flow works well.

So what, you can take apart Campy Ergo levers. What difference doesnt make if your dealer in BFE doesnt have parts or knowledge to fix it?
__________________
WWW.CYCLESPEUGEOT.COM 1984 Schwinn Paramount; 1987 Schwinn Paramount; 1975 Tom Ritchey, 198X Vitus
miamijim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-10, 07:01 AM   #5
DaveSSS
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Loveland, CO
Bikes: Two LOOK 585s, one KG461
Posts: 4,987
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
So what, you can take apart Campy Ergo levers. What difference doesnt make if your dealer in BFE doesnt have parts or knowledge to fix it?
I order parts from any of several online dealers and do the repair myself. It's not that hard. With the new Campy ultrashift levers, there are fewer parts to wear out and any repair needed is a lot easier. I've even converted 10 speed shifters to 11 speed.
DaveSSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-10, 09:51 AM   #6
joejack951
Senior Member
 
joejack951's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Wilmington, DE
Bikes: 1984 Trek 660, 2003 Specialized Hardrock, 2004 LOOK KG386i (RIP), 2005 Iron Horse Warrior Expert, 2009 Pedal Force CX1, 2014 Islabikes CNOC 14 (son's)
Posts: 10,189
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 189 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by AEO View Post
they all last about the same depending on price, but campy is serviceable.
by price, I mean lower end doesn't last as long as higher end.
Evidence for this statement (excluding department store junk)?
joejack951 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-10, 02:28 PM   #7
nancy sv
family on bikes
Thread Starter
 
nancy sv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: on my bike between North and South
Bikes: which one?
Posts: 2,376
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
In retrospect, we should have tried just flushing it out really well with a light oil as suggested above and seen if that would work. However, we got a rebuild kit and tried rebuilding it - but it just doesn't want to go back together. I came up to Lima (Peru) today to see if I could find someone here who knows how to do it, but I don't have terribly high hopes. We don't want to order something as the shipping to Peru and the customs tax would up the price terribly - we're better off buying something available here.

Right now I am waiting for the mechanic to look at it and see if he can fix it. If not, I'll head over to the bike market to see what else I can find.

thanks all!
nancy sv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-10, 02:37 PM   #8
AEO
Senior Member
 
AEO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: A Coffin Called Earth. or Toronto, ON
Bikes: Bianchi, Miyata, Dahon, Rossin
Posts: 12,258
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by joejack951 View Post
Evidence for this statement (excluding department store junk)?
cheaper equipment: more plastic (and not the good kind), less stainless steel, less precision, poorer seals, lower grade metals... etc.
sora STI levers just don't seem to last as long as 105/ultegra.
__________________
Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
http://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/arti...ger-photos.htm
AEO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-10, 03:10 PM   #9
miamijim
Senior Member
 
miamijim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Tampa, Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 13,301
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by nancy sv View Post
In retrospect, we should have tried just flushing it out really well with a light oil as suggested above and seen if that would work. However, we got a rebuild kit and tried rebuilding it - but it just doesn't want to go back together. I came up to Lima (Peru) today to see if I could find someone here who knows how to do it, but I don't have terribly high hopes. We don't want to order something as the shipping to Peru and the customs tax would up the price terribly - we're better off buying something available here.

Right now I am waiting for the mechanic to look at it and see if he can fix it. If not, I'll head over to the bike market to see what else I can find.

thanks all!
Nancy, what brand of shifter is it? We may be able to come up with a solution to get the functional.


Quote:
Originally Posted by AEO View Post
cheaper equipment: more plastic (and not the good kind), less stainless steel, less precision, poorer seals, lower grade metals... etc.
sora STI levers just don't seem to last as long as 105/ultegra.
I'll think its directly proportional to the number of times a levers been down.
__________________
WWW.CYCLESPEUGEOT.COM 1984 Schwinn Paramount; 1987 Schwinn Paramount; 1975 Tom Ritchey, 198X Vitus
miamijim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-10, 03:11 PM   #10
miamijim
Senior Member
 
miamijim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Tampa, Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 13,301
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveSSS View Post
I order parts from any of several online dealers and do the repair myself. It's not that hard. With the new Campy ultrashift levers, there are fewer parts to wear out and any repair needed is a lot easier. I've even converted 10 speed shifters to 11 speed.
Thats all well and good but what concerns me more is why Campy levers need to be rebuilt so often....thats concerning.
__________________
WWW.CYCLESPEUGEOT.COM 1984 Schwinn Paramount; 1987 Schwinn Paramount; 1975 Tom Ritchey, 198X Vitus
miamijim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-10, 04:42 PM   #11
shelbyfv
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 2,848
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 134 Post(s)
OP said she got a rebuild kit, which indicates Campy. Maybe someone can direct her to a good online Campy repair site.
shelbyfv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-10, 06:45 PM   #12
joejack951
Senior Member
 
joejack951's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Wilmington, DE
Bikes: 1984 Trek 660, 2003 Specialized Hardrock, 2004 LOOK KG386i (RIP), 2005 Iron Horse Warrior Expert, 2009 Pedal Force CX1, 2014 Islabikes CNOC 14 (son's)
Posts: 10,189
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 189 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by AEO View Post
cheaper equipment: more plastic (and not the good kind), less stainless steel, less precision, poorer seals, lower grade metals... etc.
sora STI levers just don't seem to last as long as 105/ultegra.
If there is any stainless steel inside of the STI's, it's confined to the fasteners, pins, and springs. All of the various plates and cams are steel (per the Dura Ace and Ultegra STIs I've disassembled). The pair of Sora STIs I used for several thousand miles felt as good as new when I got rid of the bike (no different than my experience with Ultegra STIs). None of the STIs I've looked at or disassembled have had much in the way of sealing. I also wonder how you determined what grade of steel/aluminum was used to produce the various STIs. Sure, the higher end stuff is lighter but that doesn't mean much in the way of quality or durability.
joejack951 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:08 AM.