On my road bike with Shimano RX100 combined brake/shifters I noticed that the shifter for the front chainring no longer clicks and so fails to keep the chain on the shifted-to outer chainring. Instead, it moves back to the inner chain ring. I haven't looked closely yet, but do the symptoms sound familiar to anyone? I am somewhat reluctant to disassemble the shifter.

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    How cold is it where you are? It's fairly common for the grease in such shifters to stiffen with age and low temps, such that the pawl that holds the shift position doesn't move when it should. If simply warming up doesn't fix it then usually a shot of spray lube does. (But discussing which spray lube to use could start a religious war here.) Feb 19 '18 at 19:26
  • It's around 5ºC here, the shifter is over 10 years old, and barely used. So a lack of lubrication sounds plausible. Feb 19 '18 at 19:48
  • I believe this discussion around Why does my front derailleur not work when it is cold? provides enough information. I'll close my question. Feb 19 '18 at 21:14
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    I've serviced an RSX100 brifter and multiple pod shifters. Its pretty straightforward, and some notes are at bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/35662/19705
    – Criggie
    Feb 19 '18 at 21:29
  • I can report that a generous application of WD40 has improved the situation already. Feb 20 '18 at 18:58

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