Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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It's an older bike and it's winter, both factors that can caused dried out or stiff lube. The problem might be in the cable housing or within the shifter mechanism, or both.
Start with the easier approach, and flush the lever unit with WD-40 or similar, allow to dry overnight or blow dry with a hair drier, then re-lube with a light oil. If that solves it you're done, if not field strip the cable (have a replacement inner wire handy in case yours frays), flush the housing and lube with a light oil or tri-flow. Re-attach and you should be good to go.
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