Friday, August 31, 2007

Front Derailleur CPR

How to get home faster if your bottom-pull front derailleur cable snaps and you did not bring along a spare. (I did this because I am in the midst of changing Ivy's housing and cables, and desired to clean my chain using Pedro's Chain Machine.) A more secure method would be to remove the cable cinch bolt (Watch that little metal washer / tab!) and thread the cable tie through it. Another rider, who did not have cable ties, managed it with a shoe lace, a significantly more difficult operation since it stretches a lot more.

Note: top-pull front derailleurs will no doubt require longer (or more) cable ties as the securing point will be the juncture of the seatstays and top tube.

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