Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Lexington, KY
Bikes: Masi Speciale Fixed, Surly 1x1, 2 70's Bianchi folders, Swingbike, Columbia Cruiser 3 spd, Specialized Big Hit and P.2, Cove G-Spot, Xtracycled Bianchi San Jose.
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Frozen shifter, where to start?
My shifter has been broken on my bighit since I bought it used. It would always shift cleanly through all gears but the gear indicator would stay in the highest gear no matter where you were through the range. About a week ago I took the bike off the car rack and found that the triggers would only move one click in either direction, since I don't have any money for repairs at the moment I've been riding it as a singlespeed and dealing with it, however a few days later when I took it out it was frozen in a different gear. During my brief ride that day it randomly started working again and shifted fine for about 15 minutes before my pulley bolt came loose and the chain sucked itself between the pulley and cage. Once I got home and fixed that it was once again frozen in one gear. When on the stand and pedalling by hand I can push on the derailleur and shift through all the gears, but the triggers on the shifter absolutely refuse to budge. I have checked the cable and housing for kinks and to make sure that everything is in fact connected, but I don't really know where to go from here (I am trying to learn to work on my own bike, but don't have much experience yet.) Can I safely assume that the shifter is in fact shot? Could it maybe just be that the cable is stuck in the housing? If it were your bike how exactly would you proceed from here?
also, when I backpedal there is instant slack on the chain, does that indicate that the pulley wheels are too tight? Could it be anything else? Thanks in advance!