[CR]re: Autoshifting, now lubing shifters.

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Date: Sun, 05 Aug 2007 07:07:19 -0400
From: "Harvey Sachs" <hmsachs@verizon.net>
To: Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>, gillies@cs.ubc.ca
Subject: [CR]re: Autoshifting, now lubing shifters.

Don Gilles wrote:

I had this problem recently with i bike i bought through ebay, which was received in the mail. It was the 2nd time in my life I had an autoshifting problem. Both times, the culprit was a Campagnolo Downtube Shift Lever that had been lubed.

Don't lube shift levers.

Clean them thoroughly with de-greasers (such as WD-40) and dry them.

It's called "friction shifting" for a reason.

Lube everything else on your bike EXCEPT for the shifters.


In concept, Don makes a logical point. Maybe someone should have told me that in '62, so I wouldn't have spent 45 years lightly lubricating when reassembling. Never seemed to cause a problem, bikes always shifted, and the levers stayed where I put them if the friction was adjusted right. That even includes the Campy bar ends on one bike, which shift rather nicely and with a relatively light touch. So, I guess that the lubricant on the shifters isn't always the critical issue.

harvey sachs
mcLean va