Well, not exactly, at least not me! But I get ahead of myself, so let me back track a little. During my weekend rides I noticed some really unpredictable shifting in the 4, 5, 6 & 7th cogs. At times no shift, at others jumping a cog and so on. I checked the derailleur, which was perfectly aligned, the chain measured up perfectly and I couldn’t see anything unusual on the teeth of the cogs. So, I stood there for a bit scratching my hairless head, not coming to any conclusions.
On Monday I rode my bike down to my LBS and asked the head wrench for advice. It took him all but 10 seconds to check the derailleur cable at the hood, and sure enough, the darn thing was frayed halfway through.
Wrench: “I can fix it for you, it’ll be $40 for labor and small parts!”
Me: “Um, that’s a lot of money, remember, I don’t have a job!”
Wrench: “Oh, yeah, forgot about that, no luck, hu? Well, I am about to change cables on another bike, why don’t you watch and then do it yourself? You’ll only pay for the parts?
The ease and speed of him stripping that rear derailleur cable was incredible, but not as much as installing the new one. Even with him pausing once in a while to explain something to me, the
new cable was in in five minutes flat. He then had me watch the change of the front derailleur as well, but advised me not to change mine yet, because it was in perfect condition (the front cable
does not get nearly as much abuse as the rear cable).
My LBS has a ‘guest work-stand’ and he instructed me to setup my bike there, then to purchase the cable and housing. I thought it was really great that he had my workstation all set up with grease, oil, all the tools and the little ferrules when I returned with my little pouch of things. I got the job done, took me at least three times as long as him, but in the process learned how to change derailleur cables and adjust the rear derailleur after cable change while only spending $5 on small parts. I did slide him a $10 bill as a thank you for the lesson and the DIY option.