's Forum Archives - General

Archive Home >> General(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 )

Disaster on my road bike?(15 posts)

Disaster on my road bike?flyinbowlofmilk
Jun 9, 2002 5:30 PM
Hi I got a question for the room.Maybe you can help me. My story goes like this. I got my chain put on my back wheel Sat.,and then I went riding out riding on it after I got it fixed. Everything went fine. So I proceeded to get up this morning and ride with LBS group. I rode my bike to the LBS group ride, with no problems to my shifters. Well just as soon as I get to the group ride,the disaster happen. I started out with the LBS group only to get 6 to 7 miles out ,and then I started having problems with my left index shifter(the downshifting part of it). Now I stuck on a road bike that has only one index shifter working(right index shifter). To make a long story short I made it back to the LBS,where it started. I found out that my left index shifter is broken,and is in the LBS shop now. Should I pay for a brand new left index shifter? Or should I look into buying a new road bike with better components and index shifters? My present road bike is a 1 yr old, with Tiagra/Sora components(including index shifters). My next question is. If I can get it fixed before next weekend should I do a road event with it (criterium)? Help and advice need. Thanks in advance
re: Disaster on my road bike?namir in SoCal
Jun 9, 2002 5:38 PM
what kind of frame is it? If the frame fits, just get new components; it wouldn't make sense to get a totally new bike, would it?

You could get a totally new ultegra groupset from for $465.
ATTN: namir... whats the deal with ???cyclejim
Jun 9, 2002 6:25 PM
I just went and took a look at their site. Those prices are crazy low. Have you ordered from them before?
ATTN: namir... whats the deal with ???weiwentg
Jun 9, 2002 6:29 PM
their prices are indeed crazy low, and they've been honest with me, at least. but they're disorganized - they messed up several people's orders, and it took quite a while to set things straight. in my case, 2-3 weeks. but your stuff should get there eventually.
thanks.... might give them a try nmcyclejim
Jun 9, 2002 6:34 PM
Abici cheap friendlyakatdog
Jun 10, 2002 4:57 PM
abici definitely cheap. Took a while to get a hold of someone appearantly they were out of town at a bike show but once I did everything went smoothly. I got my delivery in a week. Only problem encountered was i got a 40 mm fork when i ordered a 45mm. Other than that I would defineitely recommend
Sounds like...filtersweep
Jun 9, 2002 6:05 PM
sounds like you are just looking for an easy excuse to buy a new bike ;)
Nothin' wrong with that!Ken of Fresno
Jun 9, 2002 9:27 PM
Shimano has finally gone too far!!PdxMark
Jun 9, 2002 6:07 PM
I've heard that Shimano parts are not a broken part, like a shifter, usually has to be replaced rather than repaired.... but having to replace the bike for a broken shifter... Shimano has gone too far!!!

Actually, I should think the question of replacing the shifter or the bike should be put in the context of what you can afford and how much you like your cuurent bike (other than the components).

If you can afford a new bike without jeopardizing a rent/motgage payment, or your relationship with your significant other, a broken shifter seems like a fine excuse for a new bike. Otherwise, if money is tight, replace the shifter with 105 shifters (if compatible).
re: Disaster on my road bike?Woof the dog
Jun 9, 2002 6:24 PM
you need to cash out on ultegra or durace shifters. And make sure you don't play with the small lever 'cause if you click with it just for the heck of it without actually pressing it all the way it will get stuck.

I've learned the hard way that buying cheap stuff is more expensive in the end. You would be better off buying quality components right away instead of getting disappointed in crappy stuff and then cashing out on an upgrade. Ugh.

There are things you can take shortcuts on, like brake calipers - they are all the same, as long as they are not oldstyle single pivots that you gotta press as hard as you can to stop quickly. You want quality shifters, wheels, tires, rimtape, good seat clamp and seattube clamp, good bar and an aluminum fork steerer (carbon is more trouble than its worth, seems like). Add in extras for comfort...uhm, like a frame that fits you for example. Everything else you can leave alone until the bike rusts through. If its a good frame it will serve you a long time. Headset, unless its badly pitted, can also work forever. Bottom bracket and cranks, once installed, shouldn' be a problem. Deraillers all work the same. Cassette, tires+tubes, chain and cables wear so replace them as you go along. Maybe you know all this already. Peace

Woof the dog.
you could get a new shifterweiwentg
Jun 9, 2002 6:55 PM
but if you're serious about the sport, you would want to save up for a better frame and something more durable. unless I recall wrongly, you're riding a Raleigh R400. save up and get yourself something from GVH Bikes, plus a better frame kit. at least 105 components - those are maximum value for the buck. if you want to go Campy, you'll have problems with wheel compatibility (just don't flat), and you'll pay more, but the components are reputed to be more durable. 105 is probably best. you can sell the old bike on eBay.
I know about all the price creep issues - don't skip a mortgage or loan payment for this! and in the end, it is more about the human than the bike. but the bike does play a significant role, and sora/tiagra are not renowned for durability or light weight. even if you're not that serious about racing, 105 will PROBABLY save you a lot of headaches.
as an aside, how come the shop won't warranty the shifter? even Sora is not suppose to self-destruct halfway through a ride. unless you've been riding for just outside the warranty period.
how about warranty??KellyCross
Jun 9, 2002 7:52 PM
I've had both an Ultegra & Dura-Ace shift lever go on me & they are covered under warranty. Ask your LBS before shelling out the money on a new one.
doesn't shimano only sell shifters in pairs? (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 10, 2002 7:36 AM
Jun 10, 2002 11:54 AM
sells individual shifters (but not Sora). to answer your question, I don't know.
No, but most people only buy pairs,TJeanloz
Jun 10, 2002 1:03 PM
Shimano sells the levers individually, they're just really expensive that way. So it usually goes something like: $198 for the left lever, or $200 for both. I've even seen the single lever cost more than the pair.