Iím having a little trouble changing the shifter cables on my bike.
I changed the front derailleur cable recently. Shifted to the small gear, removed the old cable, and threaded the new one through the right holes and guides. Cut the new housing to the same length as the old. I think I have all this right.
The problem came when I fastened the cable to the derailleur. I pulled the cable taut and tightened the clamp, and then turned the cranks to run through the gears. The derailleur wouldnít move the chain from the middle to the big gear (itís a triple chainring). Cable tension seemed a little loose, so I went to tighten it. That was when I noticed that the cable was already beginning to fray at the point where Iíd attached it to the clamp.
Removed the cable, tried another one. Same thing happened.
Obviously Iím doing something wrong.
Would over-tightening the clamp cause immediate fray to a new cable? Or maybe Iíve attached it wrong: thereís an outer part of the clamp, then a washer, and then the part I think of as the clampís base, against the derailleur itself. I had the cable between the washer and the base. Should it be between the washer and the outer part?
I donít know how well Iíve described this. And I don't know what the heck I'm doing wrong. Have checked the Sheldon Brown page but not found an answer. Any suggestions?