Stiff Gear Levers

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Mattk50, 27 Jan 2018.

  1. Mattk50

    Mattk50 MattK50

    Location:
    Herts
    Hi,

    My gears levers are getting harder to move on my Trek hybrid especially the 1-3 levers, my thumb's struggling on rides! Without adopting my old non cycling habits of just squirting some wd40 at a problem then how do I fix this? I've started to find my way around my bike now except how the gears work!

    Thanks

    Matt
     
  2. Heigue'r

    Heigue'r Über Member

    Location:
    Upminster
    It may well be a case of squirting some wd 40 on the derailleur.Also maybe the cable needs replacing as there could be a buildup of crud in the sleeves
     
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  3. It’s a case of cleaning everything thoroughly. There will probably be some build up of gunk around the points where the outers and inners meet. recabling the whole thing ( inners and outers ) is the best solution, but if you want to avoid that, strip out the existing inners, give the outers a good old clean and lube, re thread the inners, carry on.
     
  4. Ticktockmy

    Ticktockmy Veteran

    Plenty of Vids on Youtube on cleaning brake and gear cables, if your cables run throught the frame, they can be a Pain in the backside if you dont watch out how you do it, again youtube vids show you how.
     
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  5. OP
    OP
    Mattk50

    Mattk50 MattK50

    Location:
    Herts
    Thanks. Outers and inners? I'll watch some you tube vids. I'm learning albeit slowly.....!
     
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  6. Reiver

    Reiver Legendary Member

    first things first - disconnect the cable and then you can at least determine if it is the gear lever, the cable or the deraileur.
     
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  7. OP
    OP
    Mattk50

    Mattk50 MattK50

    Location:
    Herts
    I just took back to the cycle shop who replaced the cable and opened up the gear lever mechanism to lubricate it. Now, it's back to normal, why they didn't do that on the service two days before I will never know!
     
  8. ADarkDraconis

    ADarkDraconis Cardinal Member

    Location:
    Ohio, USA
    Does yours have grip shifters? I find mine are stiffer in general than the levers on my other bike. They may need lubing more often or something because of the design?
     
  9. Because you didn’t ask? They can work like that sometimes.
     
  10. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Über Member

    Don't squirt WD40 onto new gear levers, they come from the factory full of grease and the solvent will dissolve it.
     
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  11. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

    Location:
    London
    Well I would if there was a problem with them. In my experience bike factories are not always as generous with the grease as you might think. I have restored some pretty much seized Shimano rapidfires to new with some quick wd40 or gt spray. Newer shimano rapidfires seem to be easier to take apart, less reliance on far too tiddly easy to lose screws.
     
  12. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Über Member

    I mistakenly dissassenbled a Shimano gear lever once. I think they have special jigs to hold all of the springs and levers in place.
    I use spray lube to restore older bikes to working order. Gear levers can be picky about lube, std bike grease seems to gum up Shimano ones.
     
  13. Ticktockmy

    Ticktockmy Veteran

    My gear shifters/levers did not have any grease in them but use PTFE or nylon type components which do not require grease or oil, indeed both would be detrimental in the smooth working of the units
     
  14. buzzy-beans

    buzzy-beans Well-Known Member

    Matt you don't say how old your bike is..................... Is it still under warranty and or do you have it regularly serviced, if so then throw it back at the bike shop and ask them to sort your problem out. If not then any of the above ideas might help.
     
  15. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills Guru

    Location:
    London
    On the ralidfires I have taken apart all the moving business bits were firmly held together in a single mechanism. Just had to be careful with the small screws holding the cover.
     
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