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Old 02-19-08, 01:20 PM   #1
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FD sticking?

It seems like the salt and grime of winter riding has finally gotten to my front derailleur. I can shift between third and second chainrings fine, but when I try to shift down to the smallest ring I get a lot of slack in the cable, without corresponding movement from the derailleur; the pivots seem to be too stiff to move. I don't use the granny ring (my legs are too HUGE ), but I like having everything on the bike in working order.

Will I have to take my derailleur apart and give it a good scrubbing/lubing, or is there a quick fix method for a lazy man such as I?
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Old 02-19-08, 01:34 PM   #2
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Take a bottle of WD-40, shield the chain and chainrings from the spray (don't want to wash all your chain lube away), and douse the FD mechanism. It'll shift like new again. After that, you might want to take a light machine oil or chain lube and lubricate the pivots as well.
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Have you tried disconnecting the shift cable? Could the problem be in the cable housing or the shifters?
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You might have gotten some sand in the area under the limit screws. A little in there could cause that problem.
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Thanks for all the input. I'll give it all a go this evening and let you know the result.
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