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SRAM Shift Indicator: Repair FAIL

The little red shift indicator tab in the SRAM X.9 rear shifter on Mary’s bike snapped:

SRAM Shift Indicator - broken tab

SRAM Shift Indicator – broken tab

In a triumph of hope over experience, I tried gluing the pieces with a bit of fixturing and a dab of IPS #3 solvent:

SRAM Shift Indicator - gluing

SRAM Shift Indicator – gluing

Didn’t work any better than the last time, of course. Every gear shift snap must apply 1000 G to that poor little tab…

What’s new & different: one can now obtain Official Repair Kits consisting of the indicator tab, the plastic cover, and the two screws for $6.47 delivered from eBay.

Done!

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  1. #1 by madbodger on 2016-07-31 - 09:10

    I looked at the title and was thinking “Static RAM? What sort of shift is being indicated?”

    • #2 by Ed on 2016-07-31 - 13:51

      Abacus, perhaps?

  2. #3 by david on 2016-08-01 - 17:11

    I’ve never much understood why you’d need the indicator anyway. As far as I can tell, bike gears come in two positions: too high and too low, and you can’t tell either from the red pointer…

    • #4 by Ed on 2016-08-01 - 19:14

      We’ve discovered that night riding makes us faster: we can’t see the shift indicators, so we just pedal in crazy-high gears. Weird, but true.

      Obviously we need illuminated digital readouts! Maybe on our next bikes…

      • #5 by Vedran on 2016-08-02 - 10:20

        Either that or automatic gear shifters. Now that would be a project :)

        • #6 by Ed on 2016-08-02 - 11:34

          About once a decade, somebody decides an automatic transmission would be a great idea. Fast forward a year and the project vanished without a trace. An omen for he who would be admonished, sez I.

          What I really want: a cogged belt, Shimano Alfine in the back, and Schlumpf Mountain Drive up front. Neither of those work with a belt, alas.

  3. #10 by Darkith on 2016-08-03 - 13:37

    I’ve had good luck lately with using my hot air soldering tool to “weld” plastics back together. The trick seems to be getting the temp up, and just as it hits the molten stage, to use a knife blade or screwdriver to smear some of the plastic from each piece to t’other, otherwise surface tension will cause them to ball up and pull away from the break.
    Probably depends highly on the plastic, and tricky on small pieces like this, but might be handy someday…

    • #11 by Ed on 2016-08-03 - 20:53

      Another reason to get a hot air soldering tool!

      I’d surely reduce that little tab to a puddle, but that wouldn’t be much of a loss. Next time around, I’ll give that a try.

      Thanks for the suggestion!