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Bicycles been sitting for 3 years. how can i force lubricant into the cables

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Go to your local bike shop and ask for Tri-flow and tell them that your going to use it in your cables and they may go ahead and do it for ya

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My shimano ultegra left shifter is super stiff/hard to push in; what is going on?

Try flushing out the shifter(s) with WD-40, use plenty. The next step will be replacing the shift cables and cable housings.
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  • 2 Mount the bicycle and rest both hands on the proper Ultegra hand control. The left-hand control operates the front derailleur. The right-hand control operates the rear derailleur.
  • 3 Start pedaling, smoothly and evenly. While pedaling is crucial to propelling the bicycle forward, it is also necessary when shifting the derailleur. Pedaling forces the chain to rotate. The chain must rotate before it can transfer to another gear.
  • 4 Push the outside right Shimano Ultegra lever in toward the bicycle. The rear derailleur will shift the chain to a smaller rear gear.
  • 5 Push the inside right Shimano Ultegra lever in toward the bicycle. The rear derailleur will shift the chain to a larger rear gear.
Rear Ultegra Derailleur Control
  • 1 Push the outside left Shimano Ultegra lever in toward the bicycle. The front derailleur will shift the chain to larger front gear.
  • 2 Push the inside left Shimano Ultegra lever in toward the bicycle. The front derailleur will shift the chain to a smaller front gear.
  • 3 Use the front and rear Ultregra hand controls interchangeably. For small changes in gearing, using the rear control. For larger changes, choose the front control. A smaller gear causes the bicycle to travel a shorter distance per pedal stroke but also requires less energy to use. A larger gear requires greater effort but in turn causes the bicycle to travel farther per pedal stroke.

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Broken brake cables

There are two different brake cable ends, one is for road bikes, the other is mostly on bicycles with flat handle bars. Brake cables generally need lubrication and adjustment. It is not uncommon for corrosion to develop inside the bake cable housing. I would appreciate more information on your broken cables. The cables are not expensive and are easy to replace.

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Check the return springs on the brake mechanism by the wheel. Lube the springs and cable (WD-40 is NOT a lubricant, do NOT use it on a bike). Also check to be sure the cable isn't twisted around anything or kinked.

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Are you able to adjust the spring tension on the brake arms? It sounds like there it too much friction in the cable, try lubricating the cable.

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Genie excell garage door open's sooo slow and then stops 3/4 of the way up. Wom't move when instructed to close DOWN. Blinks 7 times in green on indicator light- so Can I trust that it is the Limit Switch...

Use the pull cord and disconnect the opener from the door. Operate the opener and let the carrier slide back away from the door. Is the carrier moving smoothly when disconnected? Next, lift the door by hand from the bottom to the top. Is it moving smoothly? If not, lubricate the axles of all the rollers on both sides of the door. Check the cable pulleys at the top sides of the door channel, lubricate them as well. Are all cables in all the pulleys, there are 4. After checking those things, there is a "up force" and "down force" adjustment on the opener, try increasing the "up force" by turning the adjustment in the direction of MORE force.


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Dura ace brifters very sticky

You can squirt them with a spray lubricant (bicycle lubricant) to free them up if it is just a dirt issue, you need to pull the brake lever to expose the internal gearing mechanism, don't take anything apart.

If your shifter part is sticky, this usually clears things up. If it does not make trace through the derailleur cable and make sure it's not the cable hanging up instead of your shifter. Replace the cable and housing as necessary.

If its the brake lever, smae check of the cable system but also check the brake itself. The lever will feel sticky when there is a snag in the cable or if the brake is no longer returning with the same spring tension.

After that you can have them rebuilt or replaced. Depends on which model you have 8, 9, 10 (7800, 7900) as too the exact recommendation.

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How to store my bicycle for the winter?

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Large trigger has to sit for a while befor it will engage. Derailleur does move when it does engage. You get one pump and then you wait. This bike has been sitting for 3 years unused.

If you mean the derailleur doesn't move straight away when you move the gear trigger it's likely that the derailleur needs cleaning and oiling. As the bike hasn't been used for 3 years also oil the chain, check that the cable pulls the derailleur far enough. if it doesn't there the cable may need to be tightened. If the derailleur is not going back out far enough there's an adjusting screw which sets the limit. this may need adjusting.

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Hello, I wonder if you can help with my gear problem. The derailleur did work (but not very smoothly) but now will not go from bottom into high gear (small cog) without being forced. Will shift back to...

Sounds like a cable problem. Something is sticking and it doesn't take much. Alignment is critical also and a slight bend will throw off the adjustments. I would start with the cable and clean/lube or replace it. If the derailer was recently bumped or hit check the alignment carefully. Make sure the chain has no tight links and is properly lubricated.

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Rear brake handle or cable seized. Cycle not used for some years. Rear brake caliber appears to be working fine.

unfortunitly when bicycles sit the cables tend to rust inside of sheathing. you can try to spray a good lubricating oil into cable like wd-40 and try working cable free but my experience has ben that it is usually easier to replace siezed cables with new ones.

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