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Hey all y’all. I’m here in New Mexico for the National Senior Games. I raced the 5K and 10K timetrials over the weekend and no one is more surprised than me to say I won them both. Good racing for me- both times were a personal best by a good margin. They were both around what coach predicted and had seemed like a pipe dream to me just a few weeks ago.

Its been a cool process to prep for something outside your wheelhouse. Learned a lot and would do it again. But first: some unstructured summer
riding, I think I earned it.

Me on the podium for the 5K





Me coming into the finish of the 10k




Me and coach in the yard of the Albuquerque rental house with the Fuji twins and our race bling.

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Good stuff, @Heathpack!
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Well done @Heathpack

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A question for the wrenches - the Shimano 7-speed grip shifter on the boy's new bike gets progressively harder to turn as you go up the cluster, so much so that he's unable to shift to the four largest cogs. Other than checking for something that might be increasing cable friction (kinks in the housing, etc), is there anything that I could do to make shifting easier for him? If nothing else, would replacing the grip shifter with a thumb shifter make things easier? TIA.
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Old 06-18-19, 08:24 AM
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Hey all y’all. I’m here in New Mexico for the National Senior Games. I raced the 5K and 10K timetrials over the weekend and no one is more surprised than me to say I won them both. Good racing for me- both times were a personal best by a good margin. They were both around what coach predicted and had seemed like a pipe dream to me just a few weeks ago.

Its been a cool process to prep for something outside your wheelhouse. Learned a lot and would do it again. But first: some unstructured summer
riding, I think I earned it.

Me on the podium for the 5K





Me coming into the finish of the 10k




Me and coach in the yard of the Albuquerque rental house with the Fuji twins and our race bling.

Nice !! Congratulations.!!
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A question for the wrenches - the Shimano 7-speed grip shifter on the boy's new bike gets progressively harder to turn as you go up the cluster, so much so that he's unable to shift to the four largest cogs. Other than checking for something that might be increasing cable friction (kinks in the housing, etc), is there anything that I could do to make shifting easier for him? If nothing else, would replacing the grip shifter with a thumb shifter make things easier? TIA.
Gunk can build up in the mechanism. Try cleaning the shifter. The quick and easy way is to spray a cleaner/lube combo into it (something like Finishline's One-Step) and let it sit for a bit.
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Gunk can build up in the mechanism. Try cleaning the shifter. The quick and easy way is to spray a cleaner/lube combo into it (something like Finishline's One-Step) and let it sit for a bit.
Even when brand new?
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Heathpack, why am I not surprised? Congratulations. It has been inspiring to watch you progress steadily toward this result.
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Me on the podium for the 5K
... and our race bling.
Kudos!
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Even when brand new?
Oh. Nevermind.
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Even when brand new?
IMO, twist shifters aren't great for young hands, for the reason you are experiencing. You could do what one of the guys at the shop did for his kid; put an XT shifter and RD on the bike. Super smooth and easy.
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IMO, twist shifters aren't great for young hands, for the reason you are experiencing. You could do what one of the guys at the shop did for his kid; put an XT shifter and RD on the bike. Super smooth and easy.
Ha. Well, I see that an LBS has a Shimano 7-speed trigger shifter in stock for 17 bucks - I'll try that first and then think about the XT.

Thanks!
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IMO, twist shifters aren't great for young hands, for the reason you are experiencing.
They are't great for old hands either.

I've had to convert many twist shift bikes(to trigger shifters) for the seniors in the area.
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Puppy Love on the podium!
She tried to kiss the 3rd place woman when I was distracted. #podiumgirl
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She tried to kiss the 3rd place woman when I was distracted. #podiumgirl
Kudos puppy love!

Muchos kudos to you, heathpack!!
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Ha. Well, I see that an LBS has a Shimano 7-speed trigger shifter in stock for 17 bucks - I'll try that first and then think about the XT.

Thanks!
I'd just go trigger. No really good 7speed gripshifts were ever made. The MRX with white plastic ring were the best, but just OK.

Problem could be cable/housing issues, cable not staying in the groove inside the shifter, thus getting jammed up between edge of groove and shifter shell. Sometimes cable on wrong side of derailleur's cable anchor bolt can do this too.
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Originally Posted by Heathpack View Post
Hey all y’all. I’m here in New Mexico for the National Senior Games. I raced the 5K and 10K timetrials over the weekend and no one is more surprised than me to say I won them both. Good racing for me- both times were a personal best by a good margin. They were both around what coach predicted and had seemed like a pipe dream to me just a few weeks ago.

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Me on the podium for the 5K





Me coming into the finish of the 10k




Me and coach in the yard of the Albuquerque rental house with the Fuji twins and our race bling.

Kudos!
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A question for the wrenches - the Shimano 7-speed grip shifter on the boy's new bike gets progressively harder to turn as you go up the cluster, so much so that he's unable to shift to the four largest cogs. Other than checking for something that might be increasing cable friction (kinks in the housing, etc), is there anything that I could do to make shifting easier for him? If nothing else, would replacing the grip shifter with a thumb shifter make things easier? TIA.
Throw the gripshifters in the trash and put on some thumbies.
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IMO, twist shifters aren't great for young hands, for the reason you are experiencing. You could do what one of the guys at the shop did for his kid; put an XT shifter and RD on the bike. Super smooth and easy.
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They are't great for old hands either.

I've had to convert many twist shift bikes(to trigger shifters) for the seniors in the area.
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I'd just go trigger. No really good 7speed gripshifts were ever made. The MRX with white plastic ring were the best, but just OK.

Problem could be cable/housing issues, cable not staying in the groove inside the shifter, thus getting jammed up between edge of groove and shifter shell. Sometimes cable on wrong side of derailleur's cable anchor bolt can do this too.
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Throw the gripshifters in the trash and put on some thumbies.
It's the rare BF consensus - that's when you know that something is truly ****ty. Thanks, all.
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No really good 7speed gripshifts were ever made.
Agreed.
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These, on the other hand were the best 8-speed shifters ever made:

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Great job Heathy! Kudos!
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Cool. Are you going to build or buy a NAS?

I dunno still learning parts.
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