The mate that has bought my old OCR3 has done several rides on it and this afternoon took it out for another short ride. Tomorrow I am taking him up a couple of hills and the bike has a problem. The front derailler is rubbing and it is annoying me. Riding alongside it and I keep getting this grinding noise. So when he got back I decided to adjust it. Took about 30 seconds and I took it up the road. Front changes perfectly- but BIG problem on the rear. It would change into lower gears but then stick there and not change down.
Ok- sticky cable and that is easy enough except it was one of the outer cables fraying at the end. I carry outer cable aswell as inners so Decided to change it for him- Might aswell put a new inner in aswell- well I had to as I had to cut the cable to get it to pull through the outer. Then I started swearing- Where are the outer cable ends? A couple of years ago I bought a pack of 100 so I knew I had some left---Somewhere. Didn't find them but eventually found one so I cut off the damaged end and replaced it. I always felt those gear cables were just a fraction too long
Bike is now sorted and both front and rear deraillers change perfectly.
So this is just a warning- If you buy a Used bike- don't trust that everything on it is perfect. It may have had little use in its life but it depends on how well that bike has been maintained as to how many problems you are going to have.
This bike looks as though it has been tucked away at the back of the shed and not been looked at in that length of time. Wonder how many faults I will find on my other bikes now