As you see the housing won’t stay in the barrel adjuster on the brake lever. When I brake it just comes out. I can pull it out with my hand anyone know how to fix?

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    Can you include a picture of the other end of the cable as well? Based on the other cables in the top picture I'm assuming that's the front brake lever pictured, so the housing should run all the way to the brake. There might simply be too much slack in the cable, or it may have pulled loose from the brake.
    – DavidW
    Commented Oct 9, 2019 at 15:48
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    Based on the pictures I'd say the cable is shot and needs to be replaced. The housing may or may not need replacement as well. Commented Oct 9, 2019 at 16:45
  • Can someone give me a link to what cable i could use preferably aorund 8 dollars. Is that the only thing i need a brake cable Commented Oct 9, 2019 at 17:32
  • That brake is certainly inoperative. The cable has way too much slack. Also it is severely damaged, likely to snap and needs urgent replacing.
    – Carel
    Commented Oct 10, 2019 at 7:37

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The brake cable housing is a slip fit into the brake lever barrel adjuster and cable guide bosses at various places on the frame (for the rear brake) or fork (for the front brake).

The housing is prevented from coming out of any of the mounting points by the cable having not enough slack for the housing to slide along it enough to pop out.

General process is to follow the housing from the brake lever to the caliper and you will probably find the housing has come out of a frame or fork mounting boss, or the cable is detached from the caliper, or the cable just has too much slack in it. I assume that is the front brake which goes directly to the front v-brake caliper. I'm guessing either the metal pipe 'noodle' that the cable runs through has come out of the caliper or the cable has come loose.

Park Tool has a good page on v-brake (or linear brake) service and adjustment that you can refer to. https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/linear-pull-brake-service.

BTW, the cable looks like it is fraying - there's a strand visibly loose in your pictures. You should replace the cable. The front brake cable failing is obviously quite dangerous.

  • @Matt Kazian In response to your request in the comments, here is a link to a inner brake cable that meets your price point. This isn't a recommendation for the product, merely one of the first that show up and meets your price.
    – Jeff
    Commented Oct 10, 2019 at 22:56

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