I've been looking for a solution on this but couldn't find anything online. I have an Alfine 8 speed internal gear hub and it started skipping recently. I tried to use the barrel adjuster on the shifter to adjust, but the barrel adjuster got stuck and it won't turn in any direction anymore. Is there a way to fix this? I can still pull the barrel adjuster slightly (as if I am about to make an adjustment), and can turn in both directions a couple of millimetres, but it does not go forward more than that. Can I solve it by any means or should I just replace the shifter? This is the shifter by the way:



  • On some shifters of that style the adjuster has a spring and sort of ratchet mechanism in it, and you must pull the adjuster barrel out to turn it. Commented Apr 11, 2016 at 23:55
  • I can pull it out slightly, but it still doesn't turn around. I used to adjust it like that though, by pulling it out and turning. Commented Apr 12, 2016 at 5:52
  • Is it possible that some dirt has gotten in there? Commented Apr 12, 2016 at 11:58
  • Could be, but I didn't really ride in a dirty condition recently (And I can't see any dirt; I also clean the bike almost every week). Could something like a WD40 work in that case? I suspect that somehow I tightened it too much and it somehow does not work anymore but is that possible? Commented Apr 12, 2016 at 12:59

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You can install an inline cable adjuster. There are several companies that make them.

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  • Thanks a lot for the tip, but I'm still curious about what's wrong with mine and whether it's fixable or not. Commented Apr 12, 2016 at 5:53

Using pliers and turning the barrel adjuster counter-clockwise worked.

Thanks for all the answers!

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