Servicing Shifters

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  1. Watimena

    Watimena Guest

    Do shifters need to be serviced? Specifically Shimano LX ones (9 Speed variety from circa 2001)

    And if so how do you do this?

    I have noticed a my shifting getting harder on an LX equipped bike I have (mainly the rear gears).
    even after putting a new gear cable on. I thought it might be the rear mech, but I have recently put
    on a new XT rear derailleur (plus new cables and outers) and the shifting is still fairly stiff.

    It shifts accurately, but you need a bit of force to make it change, particularly when changing into
    lower (bigger gears).

    I recently bought a second bike with an LX drive train, and the first thing I noticed was how light
    and fast the shifting was....The merest flick with my thumb sent the chain jumping up three cogs
    like that....

    I have seen parts for shimano shifter pods available on some internet bike shops, and was wondering
    if anyone could shed some light on shifter pod maintenance......

    Jeremy
     
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  2. Zilla

    Zilla Guest

    Have you tried lubing the shifter pivot points, and the cable itself?

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    "Watimena" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Do shifters need to be serviced? Specifically Shimano LX ones (9 Speed variety from circa 2001)
    >
    > And if so how do you do this?
    >
    > I have noticed a my shifting getting harder on an LX equipped bike I have (mainly the rear gears).
    > even after putting a new gear cable on. I
    thought
    > it might be the rear mech, but I have recently put on a new XT rear derailleur (plus new cables
    > and outers) and the shifting is still fairly stiff.
    >
    > It shifts accurately, but you need a bit of force to make it change, particularly when changing
    > into lower (bigger gears).
    >
    > I recently bought a second bike with an LX drive train, and the first
    thing
    > I noticed was how light and fast the shifting was....The merest flick with my thumb sent the chain
    > jumping up three cogs like that....
    >
    > I have seen parts for shimano shifter pods available on some internet bike shops, and was
    > wondering if anyone could shed some light on shifter pod maintenance......
    >
    > Jeremy
     
  3. Shaun Rimmer

    Shaun Rimmer Guest

    Watimena <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Do shifters need to be serviced? Specifically Shimano LX ones (9 Speed variety from circa 2001)
    >
    > And if so how do you do this?
    >
    > I have noticed a my shifting getting harder on an LX equipped bike I have (mainly the rear gears).
    > even after putting a new gear cable on. I
    thought
    > it might be the rear mech, but I have recently put on a new XT rear derailleur (plus new cables
    > and outers) and the shifting is still fairly stiff.
    >
    > It shifts accurately, but you need a bit of force to make it change, particularly when changing
    > into lower (bigger gears).
    >
    > I recently bought a second bike with an LX drive train, and the first
    thing
    > I noticed was how light and fast the shifting was....The merest flick with my thumb sent the chain
    > jumping up three cogs like that....
    >
    > I have seen parts for shimano shifter pods available on some internet bike shops, and was
    > wondering if anyone could shed some light on shifter pod maintenance......
    >
    > Jeremy

    Hey Jeremy!

    This is what I'd do - take the cover off the shifters, remove the cable. Liberally soak the
    internals with something like WD 40, and work them through the range quite a few times. Give them
    another good squirt to wash any dirty gunk off and leave them to dry. Fill them with a good thin
    waterproof grease, taking care to work it right into all the contacting moving parts, put cables
    back in, re-fit the covers taking care to have the 'indicators' correctly located (if your pods have
    them), and you should be good to go.

    I do this from the start with new shifters, and my Deore ones are in excellent smooth light shifting
    condition after 18 or so months heavy use, with zero re-lubing.

    HTH!

    Shaun aRe
     
  4. Jon Bond

    Jon Bond Guest

    "Shaun Rimmer" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > Watimena <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    > > Do shifters need to be serviced? Specifically Shimano LX ones (9 Speed variety from circa 2001)
    > >
    > > And if so how do you do this?
    > >
    > > I have noticed a my shifting getting harder on an LX equipped bike I
    have
    > > (mainly the rear gears). even after putting a new gear cable on. I
    > thought
    > > it might be the rear mech, but I have recently put on a new XT rear derailleur (plus new cables
    > > and outers) and the shifting is still fairly stiff.
    > >
    > > It shifts accurately, but you need a bit of force to make it change, particularly when changing
    > > into lower (bigger gears).
    > >
    > > I recently bought a second bike with an LX drive train, and the first
    > thing
    > > I noticed was how light and fast the shifting was....The merest flick
    with
    > > my thumb sent the chain jumping up three cogs like that....
    > >
    > > I have seen parts for shimano shifter pods available on some internet
    bike
    > > shops, and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on shifter pod maintenance......
    > >
    > > Jeremy
    >
    > Hey Jeremy!
    >
    > This is what I'd do - take the cover off the shifters, remove the cable. Liberally soak the
    > internals with something like WD 40, and work them through the range quite a few times. Give them
    > another good squirt to wash any dirty gunk off and leave them to dry. Fill them with a good thin
    > waterproof grease, taking care to work it right into all the contacting moving parts, put cables
    > back in, re-fit the covers taking care to have
    the
    > 'indicators' correctly located (if your pods have them), and you should be good to go.
    >
    > I do this from the start with new shifters, and my Deore ones are in excellent smooth light
    > shifting condition after 18 or so months heavy use, with zero re-lubing.
    >
    > HTH!
    >
    > Shaun aRe

    Then again, so are my XT shifters after probably the same if not more time, and I *MAYBE* dribbled
    some teflon lube in there once. If it ain't broke, don't fix it... or break it so you can ;) Worth a
    try if they're nasty tho.

    Jon Bond
     
  5. It COULD be that you're shifting too late? Are you shifting during a climb (you shouldn't) or before
    (as you should be)?

    That may be your answer.

    "Jon Bond" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Shaun Rimmer" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    > >
    > > Watimena <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]...
    > > > Do shifters need to be serviced? Specifically Shimano LX ones (9
    Speed
    > > > variety from circa 2001)
    > > >
    > > > And if so how do you do this?
    > > >
    > > > I have noticed a my shifting getting harder on an LX equipped bike I
    > have
    > > > (mainly the rear gears). even after putting a new gear cable on. I
    > > thought
    > > > it might be the rear mech, but I have recently put on a new XT rear derailleur (plus new
    > > > cables and outers) and the shifting is still
    fairly
    > > > stiff.
    > > >
    > > > It shifts accurately, but you need a bit of force to make it change, particularly when
    > > > changing into lower (bigger gears).
    > > >
    > > > I recently bought a second bike with an LX drive train, and the first
    > > thing
    > > > I noticed was how light and fast the shifting was....The merest flick
    > with
    > > > my thumb sent the chain jumping up three cogs like that....
    > > >
    > > > I have seen parts for shimano shifter pods available on some internet
    > bike
    > > > shops, and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on shifter
    pod
    > > > maintenance......
    > > >
    > > > Jeremy
    > >
    > > Hey Jeremy!
    > >
    > > This is what I'd do - take the cover off the shifters, remove the cable. Liberally soak the
    > > internals with something like WD 40, and work them through the range quite a few times. Give
    > > them another good squirt to
    wash
    > > any dirty gunk off and leave them to dry. Fill them with a good thin waterproof grease, taking
    > > care to work it right into all the contacting moving parts, put cables back in, re-fit the
    > > covers taking care to have
    > the
    > > 'indicators' correctly located (if your pods have them), and you should
    be
    > > good to go.
    > >
    > > I do this from the start with new shifters, and my Deore ones are in excellent smooth light
    > > shifting condition after 18 or so months heavy
    use,
    > > with zero re-lubing.
    > >
    > > HTH!
    > >
    > > Shaun aRe
    >
    > Then again, so are my XT shifters after probably the same if not more
    time,
    > and I *MAYBE* dribbled some teflon lube in there once. If it ain't broke, don't fix it... or break
    > it so you can ;) Worth a try if they're nasty tho.
    >
    > Jon Bond
     
  6. Phil Lee

    Phil Lee Guest

    "Watimena" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Do shifters need to be serviced? Specifically Shimano LX ones (9 Speed variety from circa 2001)
    >
    > And if so how do you do this?
    >
    > I have noticed a my shifting getting harder on an LX equipped bike I have (mainly the rear gears).
    > even after putting a new gear cable on. I
    thought

    You said you replaced cable, but you didn't mention housing. Make sure you get lined housing,
    although almost all have that anyways.

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    Phil, Squid-in-Training
     
  7. Shaun Rimmer

    Shaun Rimmer Guest

    Jon Bond <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    >
    > "Shaun Rimmer" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...

    > > Hey Jeremy!
    > >
    > > This is what I'd do - take the cover off the shifters, remove the cable. Liberally soak the
    > > internals with something like WD 40, and work them through the range quite a few times. Give
    > > them another good squirt to
    wash
    > > any dirty gunk off and leave them to dry. Fill them with a good thin waterproof grease, taking
    > > care to work it right into all the contacting moving parts, put cables back in, re-fit the
    > > covers taking care to have
    > the
    > > 'indicators' correctly located (if your pods have them), and you should
    be
    > > good to go.
    > >
    > > I do this from the start with new shifters, and my Deore ones are in excellent smooth light
    > > shifting condition after 18 or so months heavy
    use,
    > > with zero re-lubing.
    > >
    > > HTH!
    > >
    > > Shaun aRe
    >
    > Then again, so are my XT shifters after probably the same if not more
    time,
    > and I *MAYBE* dribbled some teflon lube in there once. If it ain't broke, don't fix it... or break
    > it so you can ;) Worth a try if they're nasty tho.

    If they're stiff, it's likely they're gummed up - dried up lube/dust etc. WD 40 will dissolve that
    and flush it out, the grease helps keep the crap out and away from the moving parts while providing
    lubrication.

    Shaun aRe - If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.
     
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