Don’t fiddle with bikes

I moved the saddle forward slightly on the Singular Peregrine last night, and now the front mech won’t shift properly. I think it’s doing it just to spite me.

I’ve always had problems with shifting on road bikes with triple chainsets. It works for a while, then randomly stops working for no discernible reason, often mid-ride. I’d try and fit a compact instead, but apparently a Campagnolo one won’t fit, and a Shimano won’t match the Campagnolo levers and rear mech I plan to fit. I’ll resort to swapping out the front mech with a new one I’ve got sat in the spares pile to see if that makes any difference or not, failing that I’ll just swear at it a bit and threaten violence. It probably won’t work, but it’ll make me feel better.

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4 Responses to Don’t fiddle with bikes

  1. Simon says:

    Don’t recall having any bother with the shifting when I ran a triple on a road bike, doubles definitely have a nicer shift though. Is it clearance issues stopping you running a compact campag chainset?

  2. rich says:

    Yup, not enough clearance. Sam reckons Campag will hit but Shimano should be fine. I might have to cannibalise the crosser to test it out.

  3. Simon says:

    Got to be worth a try

  4. rich says:

    I think I’ve fixed the shifting now by replacing the cable outer. We’ll find whether it works next time I ride the Peregrine.

    Fixed-gear is so much easier, if only it wasn’t so hilly round here…