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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You'll never get the kink out 100%. If it's someplace that never enters the housing, you can try to unkink it by bending it back against your thumb nails, and live with it a while. If it's someplace that enters the housing as you run through the gears, it'll cause added friction or binding and poor shifting, unless you replace it.
Since the hardest part of replacing is connecting it to the derailleur and setting trim, and that's something you already know how to do, you might as well replace it. The process for pushing the head out of the shifter varies with the type of shifter, so search the internet for a cable replacement tutorial for your shifters.
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