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Old 06-22-09, 10:06 AM
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well when a cable goes into a connector, it also comes out the other side. Since the part of the cables that is sticking out the other side is just extra - then it's OK if it gets frayed.

it sounds like the bike needs an experienced hand to give it a quick overhaul. sometimes a friendly bike shop can help you without making you feel stupid or charging you a lot of money. depends on the neighborhood. you might be better off finding a community center that has a used bike shop where they fix up old bikes and then sell them. you might also check your local "craigslist" in the bike section, you can post an ad looking for an amateur bike mechanic.

you can get specific information here about specific things, and it helps to show pictures. then with some new information and some simple tools you can try to make some simple adjustments. sounds like you're in for a learning curve, but if you're game, this is the place.

usually when we find old bikes the shifting and braking needs adjustment or repair. adjustment usually only requires simple tools like screw drivers or allen wrenches. repair may involve new brake pads, cables and cable housings (tubes the cable runs through). also lubrication can make things work better. I'll bet the bike is old and was left out in the rain and some parts are frozen by rust. it probably needs a good cleaning and lubrication, and maybe a few small parts.

if you're into it, this could be the right bike at the right time for you to learn from - you tube has lots of bike repair videos - check that out too!
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