Re: Clutch problems/ high resistance and reversed lever
Before putting clutch cable on the bike I like to slide the cable completely from the sheath and put a bit of grease on it - basically, get a small blob of grease, pinch it between your fingertips and slide the cable through it 'til it's lightly but evenly coated except for the last few inches, then slide it back into the sheath. I work in a bit more grease where the cable will be entering and exiting the sheath.
A clutch roller will reduce the effort needed to pull the lever. There are a few different takes on that, try a site search. Here's one of mine, based on Al.Fisherman's design.
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