I need to re-cable* and rewrap my bars anyway. I'd like to take the chance to improve the cable routing for a couple of specific things:
- The gear cables catch on the dynamo light mounted on the fork crown in tight turns. This can cause the barrel adjusters to creep, losing my low gears (I've locked off the rear one as there's another, but can't do that for the front).
- I sometimes use a bar bag. At the moment I have to fit the bag behind the cables (brake and gear), then pack it on the bike. The cables restrict what I can put in there. If I want to use the bungee net on the outside of the bag, I have to remove it and relace it over the top of the cables.
So I'd like to re-route the cables, but I'm not sure what my options are.
Here are front and side views, without the bar bag:
The light mounted on the bars, that clashes with the bag, is only there for testing, and isn't a concern.
If I extend the cables to give more clearance for the bag, they'll be even worse for hitting the dynamo light. Part of the problem is the cable stops with barrel adjusters on the headtube.
I suspect there are things I can do without more accessories, but there might be some small device that makes a big difference. Ideally the cables would route behind the bag, but they're not doing that with those cable stops. The rear brake cable (left hand as I'm in the UK) also doesn't work too well for this, but would be easier to deal with.
* I snapped a gear cable inner yesterday, and there was so much friction when I fitted the replacement at the roadside I couldn't shift at the back. For 200km until I got home. The outer seems to be the issue.