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How to fix cable stretch without barrel adjusters?(5 posts)

How to fix cable stretch without barrel adjusters?kamss
Aug 31, 2002 9:53 PM
i build my first road bike a couple of months back and it's been great. now, the derailluer cables have strechd abit and shifting is getting abit sloppy. is it possible to get some of those barrel adjusters for the cable stop on the frame at a local bike shop? i went to my lbs, and they didn't have a clue.
cheers and thanks for advance for any help.
Find a better LBS (nm)Spunout
Sep 1, 2002 3:20 AM
Get 'em over the netLeroy
Sep 1, 2002 4:10 AM
Excel Sports has them. In the meantime, pliers and an allen wrench.

Dave Loving
re: How to fix cable stretch without barrel adjusters?gogene
Sep 1, 2002 9:06 AM
There are some bikes that have cable stops with no threading for barrel adjusters. The Trek Y-Foil is one of these bikes. If that's the case, you have to tighten the cables at the derailluers or install inline cable adjusters.
You didn't say what kind of bike.Spoke Wrench
Sep 3, 2002 7:43 AM
I see lots of bikes that don't have any way of attaching a cable housing barrel adjuster at the down tube. Almost everything that started life with a flat handlebar falls into this catagory. I see lots more, even brand new bikes, where the down tube barrel adjuster is all-but-useless because it's too close to the frame to turn with your fingers. The one for the rear derailleur on my tandem is utterly useless.

Klein uses the coolest solution - standard Shimano barrel adjusters attached to the STI levers. Inline barrel adjusters are the most common and are cheap and readily available. Unless you have a real good touch, setting up an STI triple front derailleur is almost impossible without some kind of barrel adjuster.