Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Jarrettsville, MD
Lost speedo drive cable today
Went for a medium-short ride this morning. Somwhere in PA on Rte 372 between Quarryville and Buck my speedometer stopped working. Thinking, oh-sh!t, what now? Cable snapped? Drive gear stripped? Speedo went out to lunch? Stopped at Lock 12 on the other side of the Norman Wood bridge to take a look. Speedo cable housing had unscrewed itself from the drive at the wheel. Inner drive cable nowhere to be found. Retraced the last 15 miles looking for it, but no joy. Called Pete's Cycle, they have one in stock. That's new, they usually have to order everything. Went and got it, $17.99 plus tax for the cable assembly. Not as cheap as I could probably get it on the internet, but available now. New cable is installed with a little dab of blue loctite on the the threads. The kind that comes in stick form so it won't dribble into the drive gears and lock them up.
Bike has almost 16,000 miles on it. My guess is that the mech who put my new tires on a couple months ago didn't tighten it enough.
A word to the wise, check the cable housing connection at the drive end. It's hard to see, kind of buried behind the left slider.
I will have to ignore the lousy gas mileage computation that I will get at the next fill up.
Dennis in Maryland
AKA - The Krusty Old Phart
Still turnin' burnin' and lurnin'