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Tour Easy: Front Derailleur Cable Angle

Spotted while in the midst of replacing my Tour Easy’s rear grip shifter:

Tour Easy - front derailleur cable angle

Tour Easy – front derailleur cable angle

As you might expect, the cable saws through the side of its ferrule and the brazed-on frame fitting, because it’s been basically impossible (for me, anyhow) to find a replacement derailleur duplicating whatever the good folks at Easy Racers shipped back in 2001.

On the upside, this derailleur’s cable entry has a nicely rounded ramp eliminating the need for my brass cable pulley widget.

Memo to Self: Perhaps running the cable around a bearing anchored to the frame fitting would help?

I’ve obviously forgotten to fix this for several years, so putting it here may serve as a Round Tuit.

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  1. #1 by david on 2018-06-03 - 16:38

    Just make a new ferrule out of tungsten carbide. :)

    • #3 by Ed on 2018-06-04 - 13:03

      I like it, but of course the Tour Easy has 1 inch frame tubes: 25.8 mm atop the paint.

      I’m thinking maybe a Delrin or UHMW PE bushing would do the trick. The cable is ready to snap, so I gotta think fast!

  2. #5 by Jason Doege on 2018-06-04 - 13:48

    Looks like an opportunity to purchase a grinder and a welder! :-D

    • #6 by RCPete on 2018-06-04 - 15:23

      IIRC, fro rec.bikes, fittings like that are brazed on. Me, I’d think about a two piece aluminum bracket, but That Way Lies Madness. (too late for me…_

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