The wire of the left hand shift levers broke yesterday to switch the front derailleur on the crankset.  From then onward I was only able to shift chain on the rear derailleur. Luckily the chain was fixed on the lower chainring with 34 teeth. In other words, I could go slow and uphill on low gear but not high speed on higher gears.

My research on Shimano Ultegra R8020 group set – this is the model we have installed on the bike – concluded, it is somewhat practise to replace the wire after around 10’000km as a matter of potentially being a design glitch and not common. After checking my statistics, I have done around 17’000km in four years since I have the bike. 

A bit annoying I went to the nearest bike shop today and got the wire replaced for less than 12 Euro! Excellent customer service at ADNbikes in Noia. 

It then turned into a sugar ride on the way back absorbing more of this beautiful part of Galicia’s landscape.

Unfortunately the reasons and arguments to buy a new bike with wireless gear shift disappeared again.