Downtube Shifters

28
Mar/08
0

Downtube shifter gear cable help?

I picked up an old Schwinn World Sport road bike today at a garage sale for cheap. Anyway, it has down tube shifters and I noticed that one of the gear cables was cut, and one was actually missing. The bike still rides, just is stuck on one speed, all I need to do is replace the cables, and then I'll be able to change gears, right?

my apologies if this is a dumb question, just need some advice from people who know what their talking about :)

Keep in mind that it wouldn't cost much more just to have the shop install the new cables. However, you may not want to hassle hauling the bike to the shop and waiting for the repair.

To DIY, have the shop cut you a section of housing to the correct length when you pick up your new cables. You should remove the old section of housing (there's only one short piece on your bike) and take it with you for proper sizing. Also ask for two metal ferrules to place on the ends of the housing AND two endcaps to place on the cable ends.

The only section of cable that would ever need lubrication is the short section that travels through the housing. If you do lubricate it, you want to use a light oil such as Tri-Flow. And only one or two drops of it. You can also use a light chain lube such as Prolink.

The directions at bicycletutor, parktoo.com and sheldonbrown.com provide plenty of information. There are also several excellent repair & maintenance manuals available, some of which are probably available for loan from your library. Any of the manuals will discuss installation of downtube shifter cables.

Make sure you route the cables through the derailleurs' pinch bolts properly. Failing to do so can cause the bike to shift poorly or incorrectly. Secure the pinch bolts to proper torque as noted online or in the manuals; too tightly and you risk stripping the bolt threads, not tight enough and you risk having the cable slip out on the middle of your ride. Using a quality cable cutter, cut the cables to length. Generally, about two inches of cable extending past the pinch bolt allows for any future adjustments. Crimp the endcaps onto the cable ends securely to prevent frayed cable. If you don't crimp firmly enough, the endcaps will quickly or eventually slide off.

There are several places during the installation where you can get frustrated or make a mess of things. It's not a hard job, but it's not exactly easy if you aren't familiar with bike maintenance, shifters, or you lack the basic tools to do the work. In that case, it's easiest just to pay a few extra dollars to have the work done for you.

NOS Vintage Campagnolo Super Record Down Tube Shifters Extremely Rare to Find
NOS Vintage Campagnolo Super Record Down Tube Shifters Extremely Rare to Find
$599.00
Time Remaining: 8h 9m
Buy It Now for only: $599.00

Suntour Power down tube shifters Friction Vintage Good
Suntour Power down tube shifters Friction Vintage Good
$39.99
Time Remaining: 11h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $39.99

Vintage Campagnolo open C clamp on down tube shifters set
Vintage Campagnolo open C clamp on down tube shifters set
$99.00
Time Remaining: 12h 24m
Buy It Now for only: $99.00

Lot of 4 Vintage Bicycle Bike Down Tube Shifter Boot Cover Suntour Japan
Lot of 4 Vintage Bicycle Bike Down Tube Shifter Boot Cover Suntour Japan
$24.75
Time Remaining: 14h 59m
Buy It Now for only: $24.75

Shimano 105 Down Tube Shifters SL 1050 6 speed or Friction Vintage Good ++
Shimano 105 Down Tube Shifters SL 1050 6 speed or Friction Vintage Good ++
$39.99
Time Remaining: 15h 55m
Buy It Now for only: $39.99

Huret Vintage Down tube clamp for Shift levers NOS
Huret Vintage Down tube clamp for Shift levers NOS
$19.99
Time Remaining: 18h 41m
Buy It Now for only: $19.99

Suntour Superbe Pro Shifters Classic Road Touring Downtube Friction
Suntour Superbe Pro Shifters Classic Road Touring Downtube Friction
$16.06 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 19h 43m

VINTAGE CAMPY CAMPAGNOLO DOWNTUBE SHIFTERS
VINTAGE CAMPY CAMPAGNOLO DOWNTUBE SHIFTERS
$9.99
Time Remaining: 22h 35m

one1used Simplex LEFT shift lever set clamp on downtube over Right braze on
one1used Simplex LEFT shift lever set clamp on downtube over Right braze on
$12.50
Time Remaining: 23h 57m
Buy It Now for only: $12.50

TRIPLEX profesional Spain downtube shifters vintage 70s VGC
TRIPLEX profesional Spain downtube shifters vintage 70s VGC
$15.00
Time Remaining: 1d 1h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $25.00

Vintage Dura Ace Down Tube Friction Shifters
Vintage Dura Ace Down Tube Friction Shifters
$39.00
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $39.00

VINTAGE SIMPLEX Downtube Shifters Levers
VINTAGE SIMPLEX Downtube Shifters Levers
$9.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 1d 8h 32m

VINTAGE HURET Downtube Shifters Aluminum Levers
VINTAGE HURET Downtube Shifters Aluminum Levers
$9.00
Time Remaining: 1d 8h 35m

Simplex Prestige Shifters downtube clamp made in France from 70s
Simplex Prestige Shifters downtube clamp made in France from 70s
$26.00
Time Remaining: 1d 15h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $26.00

French vintage Simplex SLJ friction downtube shifters excellent used condition
French vintage Simplex SLJ friction downtube shifters excellent used condition
$105.00
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $105.00

1980s NOS Vintage SunTour LD 2300 Cyclone Mk II Symmetric Shifters Downtube
1980s NOS Vintage SunTour LD 2300 Cyclone Mk II Symmetric Shifters Downtube
$29.00
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $29.00

Campagnolo 8 Speed Downtube Index Shifters C Record Era
Campagnolo 8 Speed Downtube Index Shifters C Record Era
$100.00
Time Remaining: 2d 44m

RINO downtube shifters NOS very light no gipiemme or campagnolo shimano
RINO downtube shifters NOS very light no gipiemme or campagnolo shimano
$25.00
Time Remaining: 2d 5h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $25.00

Gipiemme down tube shifters Crono Special black NOS
Gipiemme down tube shifters Crono Special black NOS
$80.00
Time Remaining: 2d 5h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $80.00

RINO downtube shifters NOS very light driled no gipiemme or campagnolo shimano
RINO downtube shifters NOS very light driled no gipiemme or campagnolo shimano
$60.00
Time Remaining: 2d 5h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $60.00

Friction or Index downtube shifters black NOS no SIS or Sun tour
Friction or Index downtube shifters black NOS no SIS or Sun tour
$8.00
Time Remaining: 2d 5h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $8.00

Simplex Super LJ Retrofriction Downtube Shifters Shifting Levers Road Bike oE
Simplex Super LJ Retrofriction Downtube Shifters Shifting Levers Road Bike oE
$94.99
Time Remaining: 2d 7h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $94.99

Campagnolo Nuovo Record Down Tube Shifters Friction Vintage Fair
Campagnolo Nuovo Record Down Tube Shifters Friction Vintage Fair
$39.99
Time Remaining: 2d 9h 11m
Buy It Now for only: $39.99

vintage Shimano braze on downtube shifters
vintage Shimano braze on downtube shifters
$15.00
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 28m
Buy It Now for only: $15.00

vintage Shimano Sport LX braze on 7 speed downtube shifters
vintage Shimano Sport LX braze on 7 speed downtube shifters
$19.00
Time Remaining: 2d 10h 33m
Buy It Now for only: $19.00

SunTour Downtube Shifters NOS
SunTour Downtube Shifters NOS
$20.00
Time Remaining: 2d 12h 39m

NOS old style Shimano Z408 friction shift lever down tube set 286mm dia
NOS old style Shimano Z408 friction shift lever down tube set 286mm dia
$19.50
Time Remaining: 2d 18h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $19.50

CAMPAGNOLO SHIFTERS LEVER DOWN TUBE BAND RECORD ROAD TOURING VINTAGE
CAMPAGNOLO SHIFTERS LEVER DOWN TUBE BAND RECORD ROAD TOURING VINTAGE
$79.95
Time Remaining: 2d 18h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $79.95

Vintage MOTOBECANE Road Bike Bicycle Down Tube Gear Shifters
Vintage MOTOBECANE Road Bike Bicycle Down Tube Gear Shifters
$12.99
Time Remaining: 2d 20h 16m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99

New Old Stock Down Tube Shifter Spacers Set PairThin Light Alloy Design
New Old Stock Down Tube Shifter Spacers Set PairThin Light Alloy Design
$14.99
Time Remaining: 2d 21h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $14.99

Shimano 600EX Road Bike Downtube Shifter NOS SL 6207 silver
Shimano 600EX Road Bike Downtube Shifter NOS SL 6207 silver
$29.99
Time Remaining: 2d 22h 14m

HUGE LOT Campagnolo Downtube shifters Super Record Chorus Graphite Nos 53 pcs
HUGE LOT Campagnolo Downtube shifters Super Record Chorus Graphite Nos 53 pcs
$649.00
Time Remaining: 3d 6h 50m
Buy It Now for only: $649.00

Simplex Super LJ Retrofriction Downtube Shifters Shifting Levers Road Bike oP
Simplex Super LJ Retrofriction Downtube Shifters Shifting Levers Road Bike oP
$84.99
Time Remaining: 3d 8h 25m
Buy It Now for only: $84.99

NOS Shimano 600 EX braze on down tube shifters
NOS Shimano 600 EX braze on down tube shifters
$59.00
Time Remaining: 3d 9h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $59.00

Campagnolo Super Record Friction Downtube Shifters 1970s 80s Shifting Levers oO
Campagnolo Super Record Friction Downtube Shifters 1970s 80s Shifting Levers oO
$47.99
Time Remaining: 3d 10h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $47.99

MINT VINTAGE CAMPAGNOLO VICTORY SHIFTERS DOWN TUBE FRICTION ROAD
MINT VINTAGE CAMPAGNOLO VICTORY SHIFTERS DOWN TUBE FRICTION ROAD
$35.00
Time Remaining: 3d 11h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $35.00

Campagnolo Gran Sport downtube shifters Aero Nos
Campagnolo Gran Sport downtube shifters Aero Nos
$69.00
Time Remaining: 3d 14h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $69.00

Vintage Zeus Down Tube Shifter LeverLeft Hand Front NOS
Vintage Zeus Down Tube Shifter LeverLeft Hand Front NOS
$9.99
Time Remaining: 3d 15h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $9.99

Rare Vintage Simplex Criterium Downtube Shifters w Aluminum Levers
Rare Vintage Simplex Criterium Downtube Shifters w Aluminum Levers
$10.00
Time Remaining: 3d 18h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $20.00

NOS Huret 1 1 8 286 Gear Lever Clamp Downtube Shifter Clamp
NOS Huret 1 1 8 286 Gear Lever Clamp Downtube Shifter Clamp
$9.00
Time Remaining: 3d 21h 39m
Buy It Now for only: $9.00

Vintage Huret downtube shifters for French road bike
Vintage Huret downtube shifters for French road bike
$24.99
Time Remaining: 3d 23h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $24.99

Vintage Campagnolo Record Downtube Shifter Lever Cover Plates Set of 2 603 Road
Vintage Campagnolo Record Downtube Shifter Lever Cover Plates Set of 2 603 Road
$8.00
Time Remaining: 4d 5h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $8.00

Simplex Super LJ Retrofriction Downtube Shifters Shifting Levers Road Bike oB
Simplex Super LJ Retrofriction Downtube Shifters Shifting Levers Road Bike oB
$69.99
Time Remaining: 4d 9h
Buy It Now for only: $69.99

Vintage SunTour GPX braze on 8 speed downtube shifters
Vintage SunTour GPX braze on 8 speed downtube shifters
$23.99
Time Remaining: 4d 11h 3m

Vintage Galli Criterium friction downtube shift set NOS
Vintage Galli Criterium friction downtube shift set NOS
$69.99
Time Remaining: 4d 14h 11m
Buy It Now for only: $69.99

SHIMANO DOWNTUBE SHIFTER LEVER LEVERS PARTS 6229113 NOS
SHIMANO DOWNTUBE SHIFTER LEVER LEVERS PARTS 6229113 NOS
$9.99
Time Remaining: 4d 16h 27m
Buy It Now for only: $9.99

Campagnolo C Record Syncro II Down Tube Shifters Vintage VGC RARE
Campagnolo C Record Syncro II Down Tube Shifters Vintage VGC RARE
$29.00
Time Remaining: 4d 17h 22m

Shimano Clamp On Down Tube Friction Shift Levers Shifters
Shimano Clamp On Down Tube Friction Shift Levers Shifters
$4.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 18h 34m

Vintage Shimano down tube shifters w clamps
Vintage Shimano down tube shifters w clamps
$22.00
Time Remaining: 4d 18h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $22.00

Campagnolo Victory Down Tube Shift Levers Friction Shifters
Campagnolo Victory Down Tube Shift Levers Friction Shifters
$24.99
Time Remaining: 4d 19h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $44.99

VINTAGE SHIMANO DOWN TUBE SHIFTER LEVERS DURA ACE 600
VINTAGE SHIMANO DOWN TUBE SHIFTER LEVERS DURA ACE 600
$0.99
Time Remaining: 4d 19h 45m

VINTAGE NOS SIMPLEX REAR DERAILLEURDOWNTUBE SINGLE SHIFTER MADE IN FRANCE 1970
VINTAGE NOS SIMPLEX REAR DERAILLEURDOWNTUBE SINGLE SHIFTER MADE IN FRANCE 1970
$79.00
Time Remaining: 5d 3h 50m
Buy It Now for only: $79.00

Campagnolo C Record SYNCRO 7 sp Indexation Downtube Shifters Shifting Levers oN
Campagnolo C Record SYNCRO 7 sp Indexation Downtube Shifters Shifting Levers oN
$159.99
Time Remaining: 5d 8h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $159.99

Modolo Carbon Fiber downtube friction shifters
Modolo Carbon Fiber downtube friction shifters
$10.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 8h 44m

Vintage Shimano Z401 Downtube Friction Shifters with Clamp Band Bike Road
Vintage Shimano Z401 Downtube Friction Shifters with Clamp Band Bike Road
$14.00
Time Remaining: 5d 9h 15m
Buy It Now for only: $14.00

Vintage Very Old Shimano Ax Downtube Shifter Slightly Used
Vintage Very Old Shimano Ax Downtube Shifter Slightly Used
$33.00
Time Remaining: 5d 13h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $49.51

Vintage NOS Shimano 622 9113 Downtube Shifter Lever Parts Set
Vintage NOS Shimano 622 9113 Downtube Shifter Lever Parts Set
$3.99
Time Remaining: 5d 15h 19m
Buy It Now for only: $3.99

CAMPAGNOLO RIGHT SIDE FRONT SHIFTERS LEVER DOWN TUBE ROAD TOURING VINTAGE NOS
CAMPAGNOLO RIGHT SIDE FRONT SHIFTERS LEVER DOWN TUBE ROAD TOURING VINTAGE NOS
$100.00
Time Remaining: 5d 18h 34m
Buy It Now for only: $100.00

Campagnolo Super Nuovo Record Shifters Downtube Classic Road Touring
Campagnolo Super Nuovo Record Shifters Downtube Classic Road Touring
$1.99
Time Remaining: 5d 19h 38m

Suntour Power Shifters Classic Road Touring Downtube Friction Clamp On
Suntour Power Shifters Classic Road Touring Downtube Friction Clamp On
$1.99
Time Remaining: 5d 19h 39m

Vintage Suntour Symmetric Auto Trim Downtube Frame Mounted Friction Shifters
Vintage Suntour Symmetric Auto Trim Downtube Frame Mounted Friction Shifters
$35.00
Time Remaining: 5d 21h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $47.50

Late 1970s Vintage SunTour Power Shifters Ratcheting Downtube Shifters
Late 1970s Vintage SunTour Power Shifters Ratcheting Downtube Shifters
$34.75
Time Remaining: 6d 6h 41m
Buy It Now for only: $34.75

Vintage Campagnolo C Record Friction Downtube Shifters 85 88 Shifting Levers oD
Vintage Campagnolo C Record Friction Downtube Shifters 85 88 Shifting Levers oD
$104.99
Time Remaining: 6d 9h 50m
Buy It Now for only: $104.99

CAMPAGNOLO RECORD BRAZE ON DOWN TUBE SHIFTERS LEVE COMANDO RECORD
CAMPAGNOLO RECORD BRAZE ON DOWN TUBE SHIFTERS LEVE COMANDO RECORD
$29.99
Time Remaining: 6d 14h 51m
Buy It Now for only: $29.99

Vintage SunTour Shifters clamp on Downtube Shifters
Vintage SunTour Shifters clamp on Downtube Shifters
$12.99
Time Remaining: 6d 19h 16m
Buy It Now for only: $12.99

CAMPAGNOLO DOWN TUBE SHIFTERS VINTAGE ITALY RECORD DOWNTUBE
CAMPAGNOLO DOWN TUBE SHIFTERS VINTAGE ITALY RECORD DOWNTUBE
$35.00
Time Remaining: 7d 4h 29m
Buy It Now for only: $35.00

used Campagnolo Syncros 6 speed shift levers set for down tube mount
used Campagnolo Syncros 6 speed shift levers set for down tube mount
$49.50
Time Remaining: 7d 5h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $49.50

Vintage Shimano Downtube Shifters 2x7 SiS Light Action
Vintage Shimano Downtube Shifters 2x7 SiS Light Action
$40.00
Time Remaining: 7d 8h 44m
Buy It Now for only: $40.00

Favorit Shift Lever right side downtube clamp on 80s
Favorit Shift Lever right side downtube clamp on 80s
$25.99
Time Remaining: 7d 9h
Buy It Now for only: $25.99

Campagnolo Record Friction Downtube Shifters Clamp On 1970s Shifting Levers oF
Campagnolo Record Friction Downtube Shifters Clamp On 1970s Shifting Levers oF
$49.99
Time Remaining: 7d 10h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $49.99

Early Campagnolo Record Friction Downtube Shifters 1970s 60s Shifting Levers oG
Early Campagnolo Record Friction Downtube Shifters 1970s 60s Shifting Levers oG
$74.99
Time Remaining: 7d 10h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $74.99

Vintage Campagnolo Road Bike Downtube Shifters
Vintage Campagnolo Road Bike Downtube Shifters
$38.00
Time Remaining: 7d 21h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $38.00

Vintage Cyclo Benelux DOWN TUBE RIGHT SIDE SHIFTER complete MK7 NOS 1957
Vintage Cyclo Benelux DOWN TUBE RIGHT SIDE SHIFTER complete MK7 NOS 1957
$50.15
Time Remaining: 8d 4h 25m
Buy It Now for only: $50.15

Vintage Francesco Moser Pantographed Campy Downtube Shifters
Vintage Francesco Moser Pantographed Campy Downtube Shifters
$75.00
Time Remaining: 8d 6h 42m
Buy It Now for only: $75.00

Suntour Accushift index shifter NEW Japan down tube braze on
Suntour Accushift index shifter NEW Japan down tube braze on
$14.56
Time Remaining: 9d 40m
Buy It Now for only: $14.56

Vintage NOS Suntour Superbe down tube shifter set gum hoods clamp 286 japan
Vintage NOS Suntour Superbe down tube shifter set gum hoods clamp 286 japan
$54.99
Time Remaining: 9d 16h 49m
Buy It Now for only: $54.99


Comments (0) Trackbacks (0)

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

No trackbacks yet.