Friction Shifters Maintenance – Disassemble, Clean & Lube

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I show how to disassemble, clean and lubricate vintage friction shifters. This should help fix most sticky, slipping, noisy friction type shifters. It’s possible that some washers maybe be worn out. If that is the case, you can try to replace them. The shifters in the video are downtube shifters, but the process is basically the same for stem shifters and even bar end shifters as well. There are a wide variety of friction shifters, so the parts might be different, but overall, they are mostly pretty similar. I used Super Lube which is a synthetic grease.

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