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How to route cables aroung the head tube?

Consider this illustrative picture: The cables are routed "across" the heatube. Id est the cable leaves the shifter, crosses the headtube and then curves back under the top or bootom tube. I often ...
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Should I oil new cable housings?

When installing new cables and housing, is is wise to oil the housing? If so, how? Here Hicks recommends spraying (but for re-newing old cables). On the other hand, I have found it intuitive to put ...
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What's the deal with compressionless brake cable housing?

Ok folks, I'm confused and in need of advice. On my commuter (touring) bike, I just upgraded my BB5's to BB7's. In the process, decided/realized that I also need to replace my cables and housing (@...
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How to thread gear cables through outers and end caps?

I'm currently putting a bike together with recycled parts and want to get away with not having to purchase a new gear wire. On my first attempt to thread the RD wire I ended up fraying it, cutting off ...
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When to tune/replace brake cables for optimum tension

Original Question What physical symptoms do I need to look for to understand that my brake is out of tuning or the cables have reached end of life? It is not necessary to consider the brake shoes in ...
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What is lever throw and cable slack?

In a guide for adjusting Avid BB7 mechanical road disc brakes, it said: Only use the barrel adjuster at the brake lever to adjust for cable slack. For lever throw, use the outboard adjustment knob....
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How to prevent the derailleur cable fibres getting all over the places?

My bike is only 7 months old, but the front derailleur cable fibres are becoming loose i.e. the individual thin metal fibres twised together to form the cable are loosing out. I think I have lost the ...
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What is a good replacement for a cable end cap?

I was adjusting the tension of my front derailleur cable and managed to pop off the cable end cap. The cable is now quite frayed at the end and I think it would be difficult to attach another cap. ...
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Brake cable housing too long?

I replaced the no-name brake calipers on my bike with Ultegras today. Am I correct in thinking the rear brake housing is too long and needs to be shortened? And if so, how do I determine how much to ...
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How to replace a Sturmey Archer's cable?

I would like to replace the cable of a Sturmey Archer hub, but can't find a way to disassemble the old cable without destroying it, and it puzzles me how to insert the new cable. To better explain, I ...
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Front derailleur cable change

I changed my shifters and need to change my front derailleur cable. I just don't know how to proceed exactly. A guide I found told me to: on big sprocket, small plate (is that the english word?? ;...
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My v-brake lever (just one) is stiff. What's wrong?

After tuning my brakes a lot (I was learning how) I noticed suddenly my back brake got really stiff. Does't really matter if the cable is loose or not, the lever itself feels really hard to pull when ...
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Looking for components needed to route 3 cables on top of toptube for cyclocross bike

My bike is setup for cable routing under the downtube. I would like to route my rear brake, front derailleur, and rear derailleur cables along the top tube of a bike I plan to use for cyclocross to ...
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Cable routing and why is there no optimum solution

This is a general question, regarding the routing of the cables of both brakes and derailleurs on a frame. I find it highly practical to mount all cables along the bottom of the top tube. This ...
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Do I need better “springs” on my disc brakes?

After 20 years commuting on old/cheap bikes, I finally evolved up to a nice solid touring rig with cable disc brakes (Avid BB5). I love the bike and the brakes. They're much easier to maintain, ...
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What is this cable/hose management clip? (picture)

I've purchased a RockShox Reverb seat post, and its come with these delightful little Cable/Hose clips. Since my bike frame only comes with built in cable clips for the brakes and shifters, these ...
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What tricks do you use to avoid damaging cables when adjusting the gears?

I was trying to adjust gears, and being my first time, I ended up damaging the cable. I mean that I "smashed" it, the threads became apart, and it was dangerous to deal with it. I replaced the cable, ...
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Brake cable housing doesn't attach to lever

I got a new bike but the front brake doesn't work. I tried reading up about the brake system on line and learned quite a bit (they're cantilever brakes). But I am missing something elementary and ...
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How bad is this broken brake cable strand?

I just bought a new bicycle. While I was fiddling with things (removing tags, mounting a light, etc.) I noticed that the boot on the rear brake cable was loose. When trying to reseat it, I found that ...
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How do I prevent STI shifter cables from blocking access to my Randoneering Bag or Handlebar bag?

I've got drop bars with Shimano Tiagra STI shifters and want to use a Rando Bag on my small front rack or a handlebar mount bag. Currently the shift cables jut out between the drop bars and hit in to ...
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Where to get the short wire of the cantilever brake?

I was riding my bike and rear brake fell apart. As a result I lost the short wire of the cantilever brake, or at least that what it seems to be called. Where can I buy that short cable please ? Here ...
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Why does my bike stick in low gears?

When I change into a low gear (i.e. onto a bigger cog) on my back cog all is fine. However, when I later change up again the chain sticks on the larger cog. I commute about 10 miles a day and this has ...
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Can you buy bulk shifting/brake cable for road bikes?

Is it possible to buy bulk amounts of shifting/brake cable for road bikes? It would be nice to just have a spool of wire that you run onto your frame and then cut off only as much as you need. A ...
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How do you switch grip shifters from shifting as if they were on the opposite derailleur?

I was replacing cables on grip shifters recently and when I put them back together they acted as if they were on the wrong side. By that I mean the front shifter (3 chain rings) were shifting 7 times ...
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Do brake cables become more elastic with time?

I bought a used bike a few months ago, and I've noticed a drastic reduction in brake power. At first, I was easily able to lock-up the rear wheel while squeezing the brake lever only half-way to the ...
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Cleaning Cable Housing?

I commute about 3600 miles a year and I am able to keep my gears adjusted pretty well. I do find that I get a lot of grime from rainy, muddy conditions, and I think I might be replacing my shift ...