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Old 11-15-2004, 09:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how to fix a 3 speed derailleur

Hey again,

First, thanks for all the help on the kegerator, working now on getting my housemates on-board.

A new question. I've been trying off and on for about 2 months to fix the drailler on my 3 speed. I bought it from a lady down the street and I'm in a small midwestern town where the only bikeshop closed up a year ago. I actually know quite a bit about "regular" bikes and would have no problem doing a full tune-up. I just have no idea how to hook up my drailler on this 3-speed.

Hopefully if you've followed me this far you'll know what I'm talking about and what to do. Does soldering some lead on the end of the cable work? I tried crimping (with reg pliers) a littel piece of aluminium on the cable but that just fell off. Are special 3-speed cable available, (internet maybe)?

Anyway thanks in advance for any help

Tim

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Old 11-18-2004, 08:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Had to open this out of curiosity to see WTF a drailer was. The word is derailleur. Bicycle cables are made of steel, so solder won't adhere. Google for the bike manufacturer, and you ought to be able to purchase a replacement cable online.
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Old 11-20-2004, 05:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the problem with that is that the bike is made by a company called hiawatha that doesnt make bikes any more. Do you know where generic 3-speed cables can be ordered?

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Old 11-22-2004, 07:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You have to fold the cable back on itself and crimp a clamp onto it. Go to a bike shop and they can probably help you find what you need.
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Old 12-24-2004, 01:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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galesburg il has no bike shop but i'll try and crimp it with something

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Old 12-24-2004, 09:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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i got to this late. but here in so cali there are many bike shops. if you can get some better description as to what you are looking for, maybe i can hit one up and send to you.
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Old 12-25-2004, 04:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Look at this site for cable and wire stops. One of them should accomplish what you want.
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Old 12-25-2004, 10:39 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The item you want is called a ferrule. It's a cap you put on the end of the cable to prevent the cable from fraying.

You should probably be able to find something like that at a hardware store.
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Old 12-27-2004, 12:58 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Ah, good people, thank you so very kindly
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Old 12-27-2004, 01:56 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Ok so I looked around for ferrule's and I actually have some, they don't work, they're too big to fit inside the derraileur housing clip/thing.

I guess I'll take a picture of this housing thing and post it when I get back to the states (tomorrow hopefully)

...wait, actually I think this is the housing thing, apparently it's called a pyramid 3-speed connector



[link]http://www.bikepartsusa.com/product_info.phtml?p=01-80295&large=1[/link]

I think, unless there is some really small and specially designed ferrule that i can't find, what I need is a cable designed for 3-speed hubs

ok, well this is a long post. I've email bike parts usa to see if they have the part.

Otherwise I've found a vintage bike club that seems to sell the full cables so I'm going to try and order one of those. Thanks for the help.

oh, BTW

Old roads Bikes [link]http://oldroads.com/nos_gear.asp[/link]

thanks again
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Old 12-29-2004, 06:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The ferrule slips over the end of the cable. It's just like a cap that fits over the end.

That's an unusual looking derailleur. This is the derailleur down near the rear wheel, right?

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Old 12-30-2004, 12:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
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yes it is. That thing ^ is not the derailleur it just is what is used to hook the cable to the derailleur. I'm still waiting to hear back from the bike shop...
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