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Friction shifters have no clicks. If there's chain rub, simply move the shifter a little.


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It could be the same stickiness problem but affecting a different pawl in the shifter? Try flushing the shifter with some sort of light oil; I use 3in1 oil with PTFE that can be bought from any auto-parts store for cheap. It comes in an aerosol can with a little red straw that should allow you to spray directly into the hole where the shift cable threads ...


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Often, this is a problem with derailleur adjustment, so I'd double check and triple check that first. The first thing to do is check if the rear derailleur is bent. If it is, get it un-bent - it is near impossible to adjust a rear derailleur which is bent adequately. The second thing to make sure you have adequate cable tension, proper cable installation ...


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My hoods were degrading too causing me to get black rubber on my hands after every ride. I called Shimano and they said that they no longer support the ST-5500 lever and they do not carry any replacement parts. I called Hudz, and they said that they do not have hoods that are compatible. A STOPGAP SOLUTION: Rub your hoods with baby powder. It makes them ...


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The problem is that if you're running a Shimano 600 system, you've probably got a 5 or 6 speed drivetrain and the lowest number of speeds on a modern brifter [integrated shift+brake lever] is 7 (the Shimano Tourney brifters are 7 speed). So you'd need either downtube shifters, bar end shifters, or stem shifters (all of which likely will operate in friction ...



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