I have a question about my front derailleur sticking occasionally. I've had this bike for a 1.7 years and have ridden it through 2 winters.
It has only been after this last winter that my front derailleur has been sticking on occasion where it's like grit has jammed in somewhere (which I'm sure it is the case). When I'm on the fly I just knock it with my heel and it will downshift and I can push the shifter hard enough to go back up when I need to.
The first time I decided to overhaul both the front and back ones. Took them apart, cleaned/degreased, regreased the two back cogs, and used WD-40 professional silicone on the rest of the parts as to not attract more dirt.
Then after about a month it got stuck again, and I couldn't see anything that could be jamming it (while it was still stiff as heck). Didn't take it apart this time just used a tooth brush and silicone again and it's fine at the moment.
I'm assuming it may be that since that the roads have been grittier/dirtier from the winter with some recent rain and slush that it may just be normal. I haven't been on the trails yet this year so I know it's not that.
Is this normal, has some kind of bur that I can't see come up and is catching grit?
EDIT: I should also note that this is a hardtail mtb that I use for trails and winter commuting (a lot of salt and grit on the roads).