Welcome to Lovecitycyles website...your place to find vintage road bike parts for your vintage bike.  We specialize in replacement parts for Peugeot, Motobecane, Raleigh bikes, and used Shimano, Mafac, Suntour, and Simplex parts.

 

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Now available from Lovecitycycles Simplex Shift Lever Wingnuts

Now available from Lovecitycycles are replacement wingnut for those broken ones on your vintage Simplex stem mount, and downtube shifter sets. These wingnuts are custom made for Lovecitycycles right here in Loveland, Colorado, USA.  Click on images above to go to our Ebay store or buy direct from our website by clicking Lovecitycycles Online Store on top menu.

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Shimano Vintage Parts

Suntour Replacement Parts

How To Remove Simplex Shift Lever Cable

Got a vintage Simplex shift lever that has the cable broken off or stuck in the lever?   Here is an easy way got get the stubborn cable easily removed from the lever.(Slide 1,2,3)  For this job you will need a small pan., dish soap, vise grips, small screwdriver and a set of small needle nose pliers.(slide 4, 4B)   Start by boiling some water in a small pan...very hot..be careful.  Put some dish washing liquid on both ends of the cable.  Remove water from stove and drop soaped lever into the water and let stand for about 5 minutes.  Heat causes plastic to expand...which loosens the cable in lever.   Remove lever from water with needle nose pliers and place in vise grips to hold lever(slide 5).  Take small screwdriver and push cable end into lever opening..you can also use the small needle nose pliers (Slide 6, 6B)....pushing on cable should free up the stuck end and give you enough cable head that you can grab it with needle nose pliers(Slide 7) , then pull cable the rest of the way out(Slide 8)... cable removed from lever (Slide 9).  When replacing cable...put a small about of white lithium grease on end of cable that slides into the lever....may keep it from getting stuck the next time....Hope this works for you....I have used this process many times to save a good Simplex lever....Lovecitycycles.