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    shifter spring dead.. now what?

    My shifter died last night. I opened it up and the spring was stretched out & lost tension, so I took it out.

    LBS says I need a new shifter.

    What are my options? I can't seem to find springs on ebay or jenson ect..

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    You need a new shifter.

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    You could try bringing the spring to the local HW store to see if they have a match. But yeah - you need a new shifter.
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    A thought, may not have been the spring but rather old grease hardening? Did you try flushing out the mechanism with a solvent/WD40 sort of thing, working the lever and then relubing?
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    Anyhow, I replaced the shifter with an identical shifter, but used. Its not very crisp. Can I do anything about that?
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    I would replace cable and housing to get that crispness back.
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    what you really want now since you can't shift is a SSRGD29R

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bachelor Reform View Post
    Anyhow, I replaced the shifter with an identical shifter, but used. Its not very crisp. Can I do anything about that?
    My previous suggestion might help, otherwise it's about the cable/housing....
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    Old thread, I know... but I just had a very similar issue. Shifter didn't want to work, thought it was dead.

    It was the old grease hardening.

    My LBS fixed it, replaced a cable, trued my rear wheel and a few other nice maintenancy type things for about $25.

    I honestly suggest that if anyone has a shifter they think has died, first try cleaning and relubing. My old shifters feel as new again.

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