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What would you do? (Broken brifter, big ride coming up)

Old 07-30-09, 07:16 PM
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What would you do? (Broken brifter, big ride coming up)

Today on my ride, my *** tiagra brifter broke. IDK what happened I just shifted and something popped, now it doesn't work. I haven't adjusted anything lately, except for slight barrel adjustments, nothing that should have caused a problem.

However, I have a big 200 mile ride coming up on August 8th. Basically, I have been training for this ride all year and have really been looking forward to it.

So, the easy solution would be to just buy a new tiagra brifter, But, I had been planning on upgrading to SRAM rival after upgrading my wheelset. So, it seems stupid to spend $200 on a new brifter just to replace it 3 months down the road, especially considering I work a minimum wage job (I'm a teenager), and have to make car payments, so I'm real short on cash. Also, at this point, idk if I have enough time to order/install (never installed a gruppo before) a new rival groupset. I just contacted Psimet about rival pricing, but idk if I even have enough money for the whole grupppo.

I'm really aggravated/disappointed/unsure of what to do right now. So, if you were in this situation, what would you do??
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Old 07-30-09, 07:18 PM
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Could be just a cable...
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Originally Posted by DScott View Post
Could be just a cable...
Ya, I'm going to check that out right now, hopefully it is the case, I'm not really too faithful though, the cables are new for this season.
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Do you know the Tiagra is dead for sure?
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Do you know the Tiagra is dead for sure?
Unless it is the cable, I can't see how its not dead. Like I said, I'm going to go investigate right now and see if the brifter is actually dead.
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you could:

1. find out whats wrong with it and try a quick fix.
or
2. buy a used one off ebay for relatively cheap.
or
3. just not use that brifter for your ride...
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Old 07-30-09, 07:23 PM
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bar end shifter.
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Originally Posted by gmh39 View Post
you could:

1. find out whats wrong with it and try a quick fix.
or
2. buy a used one off ebay for relatively cheap.
or
3. just not use that brifter for your ride...
solutions 1+2 are viable (however idk if an ebay transaction could go through that fast.), but do you really expect me to ride 200 miles in the smallest rear cog?
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buy a brand new bike above MSRP.
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Originally Posted by mike868y View Post
solutions 1+2 are viable (however idk if an ebay transaction could go through that fast.), but do you really expect me to ride 200 miles in the smallest rear cog?
It doesn't have to be the smallest cog, you can dial in the limit screw to hold the derailleur on a larger cog. If you've got a triple chain ring you could have three gears!
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Is it the new Tiagra with the gear indicator?

Had this happen to a customer's bike and the shifter no longer worked. Simple warranty and got a new shifter in a few days
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I second the DT shifter or Bar end shifter option.
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So, cable or what? I gotsta know!
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I have to third the bar-end shifter idea. Brilliant. Since it's Sora, I assume it's 8 speed? Order one tonight from Jenson.

I use those on my commuter bike. Dead-nuts reliable in every single way.
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Originally Posted by nitropowered View Post
Is it the new Tiagra with the gear indicator?

Had this happen to a customer's bike and the shifter no longer worked. Simple warranty and got a new shifter in a few days
Warranty through the bike manufacturer or Shimano warranty?

And for those asking, its not sora, its a 9 spd tiagra/105 mix, however, the bar end idea is temping atm.
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Oh shoot. I'm sorry I was thinking Sora instead of Tiagra eventhough you clearly wrote that it was Tiagra. My bad.
Then get this one instead.

Does the brifter still work as a brake? or do you need a brake for that side as well? If you need a new brake THESE have gotten some fantastic reviews, and I just ordered them to put on my winter commuter bike.
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Well a new tiagra brifter is about $100 at most places.

You could buy a new one, try to fix your old one or send it in for warranty. Then you could probably get 50%-75% back when selling it in after a few months.

Or I would do ebay/craigslist (craigshelper.com to search large areas,) and pay for overnight shipping. Nothing that great of price for buy it now on ebay right now since you just need one lever.
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The brifter still works as a brake, so I'm all set in that regard.

As far as seing if it is the cable or the brifter, anyone have any good tiagra brifter cable removal tutorials?
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The brifter still works as a brake, so I'm all set in that regard.

As far as seing if it is the cable or the brifter, anyone have any good tiagra brifter cable removal tutorials?
Open your quick release for the brake.

Unclamp the derailleur cable.

Brake from the brifter and push the der cable out. It should pop out.

Edit: Where in CT are you?
I could have possibly helped you out if you were in the middletown area. I probably could have found a DT shifter for you in the co-op room here for mad cheap if you needed one.
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Ok, so I just took a look at the brifter, and thankfully it was the cable that failed. It broke about a half inch from the head, I managed to get the head out, so everything seems good. Now, what is the deal w/ replacing cables? Is this kit suitable for my bike? What tools do I need to install the new cables?

Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post
Open your quick release for the brake.

Unclamp the derailleur cable.

Brake from the brifter and push the der cable out. It should pop out.

Edit: Where in CT are you?
I could have possibly helped you out if you were in the middletown area. I probably could have found a DT shifter for you in the co-op room here for mad cheap if you needed one.

I'm in northeastern ct, in the putnam area. Thankfully, i don't think I need a new shifter now
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Bump. please, I want to order this part tonight, please let me know if this is the right product!
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Any bike shop will have a shifter cable. Splurge on new housing if you feel like it.
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Order a full Campagnolo Super Record group and a set of Fulcrum Racing Zero wheels. It's the only way to be sure it's fixed.
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Just ordered dura ace cables/housings. Also ordered a brake kit so I can finally remove those hideously annoying cross brakes which came on my bike.
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Uhh, just go to your LBS and get some cable, shouldn't cost more than a few bucks.
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