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Old 11-03-10, 06:48 PM
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This fix is simpler than more modern shifting mechanisms. You need to replace the 'wire' also called a cable. With the gear lever pointing straight up, route cable along the same path(thru lever first) the old one is kind of still sitting in, but don't look for identical left and right (front and rear gear cable paths). Once you've secured the other end to the front shifting thingy (derailleur) you'll have to play a bit with the mechanism to get it shifting well again. Take some time to inspect a couple of adjustment screws on that front derailleur - they control the extend the thing moves side-to-side so you don't overshift and drop the chain. In a couple of tries you'll visually figure it out.
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