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    Crooked left shifter

    I have no idea how did it happen.

    It was fine on my last ride, but then I left it in the hallway and left for a day. This morning the left shifter is crooked!!!! I have asked the kids, but they will not admit if the bike felt or anyone played with it. (I doubt it)

    Anyway, here are the pictures:




    And from the inside:


    It seems to me it shifts and brakes ok, but I am afraid to ride it this way.
    Please tell me what is wrong and how to fix it?

    Thanks!!!!

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    If you had only one ride on this bike and it was purchased new then it appears to have fallen.
    I don't do vintage, I bought them new, rode them, kept them. Now they are just old bikes
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bustercrb/sets/72157623483647522/

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    Senior Member Gege-Bubu's Avatar
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    In fact, it was fallen multiple time, but I never had problem with the shifter.
    Is there a way how to fix it???

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    In shimano techdocs, you can look at the parts list to view assembly that may help you

    Tiagra techdoc

    I have never had a need to repair any brake levers, so I'm not sure how it's done or even if it can be done.
    I don't do vintage, I bought them new, rode them, kept them. Now they are just old bikes
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    Do you think I have to take it apart?

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    Do you think I have to take it apart?
    ,,
    Someone will.. like your Bike shop?
    OR you could just buy a replacement lever, and put it on.

    and while you are at it get a storage rack , to hang the bike up
    so It will not fall over while your children, in Play, run by it.

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    Senior Member Gege-Bubu's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    ,,
    Someone will.. like your Bike shop?
    OR you could just buy a replacement lever, and put it on.
    Does it really look that bad that you think it has to be replaced?



    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    and while you are at it get a storage rack , to hang the bike up
    so It will not fall over while your children, in Play, run by it.
    Good idea, I normally keep my bike in the garage hooked to the ceiling, but yesterday I was in a hurry to go to work and left it in the room

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    Shimano is notoriously weak on selling small parts, to rebuilt their stuff ..

    the piece is a gimmick display.. there used to be no indicator window on Brifters.
    You could just use black plastic tape to hold it on, and call it good..

    Lean against the wall type storage racks .. no installation.. ..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 05-21-11 at 10:59 AM.

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    I have looked at another shifter and found that a screw was missing at the spot:


    LBS did not have the screw:



    So I bought something like it from the hardware store. Now my shifter is back, but if it will be acting up, I probably have to replace the whole shifter.

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    check the floor for the screw where the bike was located. could have come off when someone stomped on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gege-Bubu View Post
    I have no idea how did it happen.
    I have asked the kids, but they will not admit if the bike felt or anyone played with it. (I doubt it)
    you really expected an answer?

    your kids or the kids in the building? if it was in a public hallway I would suspect and innocent accident with a handbag or grocery bags.

    cats have been know to knock a bike over too and keep mum about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    you really expected an answer?
    At that point it did not really matter how did it happen, I was asking more about how to fix it

    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post

    your kids or the kids in the building? if it was in a public hallway I would suspect and innocent accident with a handbag or grocery bags.

    cats have been know to knock a bike over too and keep mum about it.
    My own personal kids
    I could blame only their father for leaving bike in insecure position.

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    So it was just missing a screw then? The first pic made me think it had been hit, hard. I repaired a Sora lever that looked like that; the steel bracket connecting the lever assembly to the pivot pin was bent. Took some disassembly and was a ***** to straighten due to lack of purchase on the little bracket, but I got it fairly straight in the end.

    It was a mostly aesthetic thing, but the brake felt a bit crappy before it was fixed.

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