Then last month the rainy season arrived and I decided to finally fix it. The aluminum screw remnant wouldn't move so I drilled it out and installed some nice Jag-wire steel adjusters. The shifter cables were trashed so I replaced all the cables and housing, then rewrapped the bars with Cinelli cork ribbon. I even scrubbed the frame (I think that may have been the first time I've done more than hose the mud off). Simple stuff but now it feels like a new bike. If it doesn't rain tomorrow I'll give it a proper test ride.
Edit: went for a spin to Malnisio and San Martino- shifts smoothly as new. About the only difference I feel with the new setup is the brake cable housing on the back of the bars instead of front. This routing made it easier to get rid of the crossed-derailleur cables under the down tube. Never did care for those- looks much cleaner with cables parallel.
|This is the side I drilled. Luckily I didn't drill out the threads.|
|Close up of Jag-wire adjuster|
|New Cinelli cork ribbon|