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    Shifter broke. Again.

    Toward the very end of a ride, my front shifter stopped working. This shifter was replaced mid-May when the original (only a year old) broke. Shimano sent me a new one, which has only lasted a few hundred miles.

    What's going on here? Any thoughts?

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    How do you expect anyone to tell you what's going on if you don't tell us what shifter you have? What "stopped working" on your original one? What "broke"? What happened to the new one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    How do you expect anyone to tell you what's going on if you don't tell us what shifter you have? What "stopped working" on your original one? What "broke"? What happened to the new one?
    Oh, c'mon, just break out your crystal ball....

    Going to his previous post, I believe it's an Ultegra brifter. Other than that, the crystal ball is needed.
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    Took the bike for a quick spin before putting it on the rack. Suddenly the shifter is functioning again. Itís a mystery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coondogger View Post
    Took the bike for a quick spin before putting it on the rack. Suddenly the shifter is functioning again. Itís a mystery.
    Somehow smells of operator error, or at least operator unaware that sometimes shifters stick and you have to work them back and forth a couple of times and then they're fine. Next time, please be LESS descriptive of everything, It makes it more entertaining. For example: "Bike not working right, what do I do?" That will get everyone going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coondogger View Post
    Toward the very end of a ride, my front shifter stopped working. This shifter was replaced mid-May when the original (only a year old) broke. Shimano sent me a new one, which has only lasted a few hundred miles.

    What's going on here? Any thoughts?
    You're kidding, right? Hold it up to the internet.

    ETA Especially if it's new, then doesn't work, then does work again. Mechanical shifters can't break then fix themselves.
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    This.

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    awesome communication.

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    U guys are so easy!
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    At least the OP didnít use the ĎBí word.

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    Sounds like a cable wasn't de-burred properly when the bike was cabled...
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    Sounds like a cable wasn't de-burred properly when the bike was cabled...
    Come again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ogre View Post
    At least the OP didnít use the ĎBí word.
    No Time did. But I'm not going to say anything. It may be considered to be a lame word.

    OP: have you tried squirting a buncha prolink on it?

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    I am wondering if you possibly pressed both the upshift and downshift levers at the same time when you felt this "jamming". When you do this, it can feel like it is jammed - neither will move. When it's cold and I'm wearing gloves, I accidentally do this sometimes due to my reduced dexterity.
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    Do you store your bike under a bridge?
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    Campy.

    Problem solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    Campy.

    Problem solved.
    ....and new problems emerge....
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    ....and new problems emerge....
    Exactly.

    Problems like what to do with all the free time you have now that you're not constantly futzing around trying to get your shimano stuff working at an acceptable level on a consistent basis.

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