August 8, 2006
Drilling a derailer adjuster out
My cable adjuster in the rear derailer snapped off in the derailer hole and I had to drill it out. I nearly wrecked the derailer but it was shot anyway. I did a pretty good job of it but it was time consuming and now it's back together and the bike is working. I should have just replaced the whole cable and housing at the same time, since the sticky housing is what got me started on this repair in the first place. The cable is all twisted and rusted, so I'm going to replace that tomorrow. Maybe put a new derailer on that I can adjust again. My mountain bike race is on August 26, about 3 weeks from now so I'd better get it working good enough so I don't have troubles with it during the race. I remember last winter this thing got stuck in one gear while racing on the ice and it was a pain. I could have won one race too if I had another gear to shift into. But it's a good thing I'm working on it now rather than the night before the race haha.
Posted by carl1236 at August 8, 2006 10:23 PM | Bicycles
Hello there! I was just following some links about rainy days when I stumbled upon one of your posts in 2005. Indeed, we should live fully through our daily experiences. Good luck with the race, by the way.
Posted by: Bea at August 10, 2006 6:21 AM
Thanks Bea. I'm looking forward to my first of three races starting this Sunday. Haha, but the one major lesson I'm learning about while being an athlete, is setting priorities. Training takes a huge commitment.
And that's ok right now because for me this is the season for it. The season for getting in shape and learning lessons about what's important in life, like family and friends and other commitments especially.
Peace, and thanks again for commenting on my blog.
Posted by: John at August 15, 2006 9:48 PM
Why are you drilling out an adjusting stop? you can distroy a deraileur that way...did you try less drastic measures, such as using liquid wrench?.....
Posted by: Eric at September 8, 2006 10:15 PM
Yes, I tried liquid wrench plus other things. The adjuster screw broke off inside. Drilling it actually worked great and I rethreaded the hole and put a new adjuster in. It was soft aluminum so it drilled very easily and now works great with a new adjuster in there. Yes, very drastic measures, not for the faint of heart. I wouldn't recommend this meathod for most people, since it would be easy to wreck the derailer, but I didn't see much choice. Maybe there was a better way to remove it.
Posted by: John at September 10, 2006 3:45 PM