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External cables can reduce your options for mounting luggage (frame bags) and lock holders. If you can fit such bags it's often with extra fiddling. I've seen brake cables running up the seat tube on a step through. These make fitting a child seat bracket a little interesting.


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I use two bicycles daily: one with all cables internal, including those on the handlebar and one where only top tube cable is inside, other cables are outside. While riding it makes zero difference. While cleaning the bicycle I find the internal routing handier, because the surface is featureless, thus easier to clean. When changing the cables, I finish ...


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I have internal cables on my bicycle. I ride about 4 miles every day in an area with four seasons. The largest advantage I have found with internal cables lays in the ease with which I can clean the frame when road salt or muddy splash collects on the frame's surface. As many people have pointed out, it is not an especially strong feature but if you wash ...


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in addition to @RoboKaren's answer: Race drivers prefer them because it makes bikes more aerodynamic. For off road (and not) makes cables catch less dirt which makes them last longer and need less maintenance.


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I pulled the cotter pin off and it turns out there's a spring inside the grey knob that pushes it down to the blue frame piece. That engages the 4 bumps on the grey knob with the 4 dents in the frame (giving 4 index positions per rotation of the knob). Seems like the cotter pin was meant to be removed all along and maybe only acts to hold the grey knob ...


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If you look at the bottom of the plastic adjusting knob you will notice small bumps. Your frame lacks the corresponding bumps that would normally act as a detent to hold the knob in position. In practice you remove the cotter pin make the adjustment and reinstall the cotter as close to frame as possible.


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Yes, that's fine. You won't damage the hub that way, although you might damage the cable attachments if they get caught in the chain, or lose some pieces. Single cable systems work by pulling and releasing the cable, and one gear is always "cable completely slack", just as it is when there's no cable there. Like what you did. It's just like a rear ...



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