Join Date: May 2009
Location: Northern Beaches, Sydney
How to replace gear shifter?
My gear shifter broke the other day. I was riding along when I heard an almighty clattering form under the bike and something really hard and painful whacked me on the foot. I thought the stand had fallen off or something. It turns out a flat iron bar had been lying on the road and it reared up and smashed my gear shifter in two. Rather than a nice "L" shaped shifter, I now have an "I" shape with nothing to put my toe under. To change gear I put the heel of my boot against the top of the "I" and drag it up with my heel. It's amazing how good you can get at that!
Anyway, I want to fix it but when I had a look it didn't look straightforward. It looks to me as if you have to replace the whole mechanism which is screwed to the frame with 2 large allen bolts. Is that correct? Does anyone have any instructions anywhere on how to do this?