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by JohnW
11 Feb 2007, 12:14am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano front changer
Replies: 22
Views: 3596

Thirdcrany -

On reading what I've written, I must clarify that I refer to the errant Tiagra changer as a duff item, not the Dura-Ace, which has been exemplary.

JohnW
by JohnW
11 Feb 2007, 12:11am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano front changer
Replies: 22
Views: 3596

Hello Thirdcrank - I think you're right, but is 2500 miles (its mileage this weekend when I stripped it down) reasonable for a front changer, and is such bad design or workmanship pushing the frontiers of cycle technology? My experience is that Shimano performs very well indeed but soon wears out (w...
by JohnW
10 Feb 2007, 1:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: "I'd Rather Walk than use Shimano"?
Replies: 56
Views: 10545

Have a look on the 'Bikes and Bits - Technical section' subject on this webb-site, and on the topic headed "Shimano Front Changers" - I've been having a problem, and the comments may be relevant. Benelux gears? Its not helpful to compare them with current offerings, they were before the da...
by JohnW
10 Feb 2007, 1:27pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano front changer
Replies: 22
Views: 3596

I disassembled the offending front changer. It is a triple, and of typical front changer construction with a cast alu main body which bands on to the seat tube, two parallelogram arms connecting the main body (both in alu) to the cage, which is of pressed steel. The bottom pivot points (at the cage)...
by JohnW
7 Feb 2007, 8:07pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano front changer
Replies: 22
Views: 3596

Aw, come on you guys - no-one with any more experience or suggestions (suggestions on remedial action, not suggestions on places to put the item, please).

JohnW
by JohnW
6 Feb 2007, 11:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: MERCIAN
Replies: 187
Views: 32588

Oh yes, MickF - you gotta have a party, if only as an excuse to get your friends round to talk bikes.

Regards,

JohnW
by JohnW
6 Feb 2007, 11:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano front changer
Replies: 22
Views: 3596

Hello reohn - I was waiting to see if anyone else could help me from experience. Indeed the components are riveted - it was the LBS who suggested stripping down. I've tried flushing out the spring enclosure with WD40, and the lube that I use is "SUPERSPRAY LUBE" - it comes in a small aeros...
by JohnW
5 Feb 2007, 10:28pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: MERCIAN
Replies: 187
Views: 32588

In the waiting period for my new Mercian, I have discovered something else to complement them on - they are very patient and understanding when dithering customers (me in particular) keep phoning them with queries and alterations.

They really understand cyclists.

JohnW
by JohnW
5 Feb 2007, 10:12pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Sciatica
Replies: 49
Views: 20226

Hello Alan - I you're the Alan Roadley that I know, the entire club will be seeing you on Sunday, and we can all give you sympathy, while you provide the tea.

I hope you get this sorted, because I know what it's like to be estranged from the bike.

JohnW
by JohnW
5 Feb 2007, 10:06pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano front changer
Replies: 22
Views: 3596

Shimano front changer

I have recently fitted a Shimano Tiagra front changer. At first it worked perfectly, but after about 1500 miles it started to go 'stiff' at the little ring end of its travel. I changed the cable, without really investigating the cause, because in my experience, cable gremlins are the usual cause of ...