Last Step: Threading the Derailleur
Well, I’m almost done. I’ve gotten everything on the bike. Including:
* Michelin Cyclocross Jet tires. It is amazing these fit. They are fine in the rear, but a little tight in the front mainly because of the brakes not because of the fork.
* Suntour Brakes with new brakepads. I took the brakepads off of the Teknos and put them on the Suntour, so braking power should be good.
* Lock ring (how can a little ring cost $20 BTW!) is on, so I’ve got a 13-26 cassette in the rear.
The main step remaining is threading that rear derailleur. I got some great advice from Vintage Bicycle Discussion Area. They basically suggested, getting a string down and through and then pulling it through. This won’t work because it is so small a hole. Also suggested putting a derailleur housing through. Fails for the same reason.
Best advice I’ve gotten so far them and Steve Hooper is to get mechanics wire which is very stiff or bailing wire to get there, then use it to pull through the derailleur cable. And, of course, next time I replace, make sure to pull a new cable through by taping it on to the old one before pulling.