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I would like to get a parts/bike view of replacing the brake/shifter cables.

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I would go to your local library and get a book on bike repair or go to your local bike shop and pay them, because you need special tools to adjust your brakes for the toe in on the brake shoes and they are tools that you do not use that often to invest in them.

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You can't have end-to-end intact cable movement and NOT move the derailleur unless it is NOT tight to begin with. Look closer.

You need to figure out at which end the problem lies.

You can elevate the rear wheel (or hang the bike by the tip of the seat on a low branch) and pedaling it forward with your hand you can grab the bare exposed cable somewhere in its routing (usually along the down tube) and pull sideways on it (away from the bike) to see if the derailleur moves as expected when the cable REALLY moves. Then you can decide if the shifter is or is not controlling the cable.

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Actually, it's causing you to have no gearing options. If you were Lance Armstrong the bike would move fast ;0) even with a flat tire.

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The problem specific could be as simple as the cable is very loose and not engaging the cable, or the cable could be so old that it is frozen inside the housing and nothing is happening. It could also be that the cable is broken, the shifter is broken or something other. It is impossible to diagnosis this particular problem with certainty without actually seeing and feeling the issue.

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You don't mention which shifter(s) malfunction or if you're even pedaling the bike while shifting (I make NO assumptions).

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2.Disconnect the cable from the derailluer, likely a 5mm allen wrench will be needed.
3.Pull housing away from the shifter exposing the cable where it enters the shifter.
4.Compress the brake lever, this will expose a small hole on the inside of the shifter where the cable head is seated. For the right shifter the hole will be on the right, for the left shifter the hole will be on the left.
5. Push the cable in from where the cable entered the shifter. The head of the cable will now be exposed.
6.Pull the cable the rest of the way out of the shifter.
7.Install the new cable.

For Brake:

1. Disconnect the brake cable, likely with a 5 mm allen wrench.
2. Compress the brake lever. Keep it compressed until step 5.
3.Look straight in from the front of the bike, you will see the head of the brake cable.
4.Push the cable out of the shifter from the exposed area of the cable, then pull once you can reach the end of the cable.
5.Install a new cable.

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I hope this anwsers your question. Thank you

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