Questions tagged [cable]

Bicycle brakes and shifters use Bowden cables to transmit braking/shifting forces from the hand controls to the appropriate place.

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Sourcing cable guide clamps - for multiple cables

I'm looking for a cable guide clamp (for loss of a better word), but struggling to find any suitable ones online (similar style to below). It is the component which you use to hold a brake/shift ...
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How should exactly the brake cable be fixed to V-brake caliper?

Regarding the V-brake calipers, where the cable is tightened with a screw: Should the cable go between the head of the screw and the washer (1), or should it go between the screw head and the body of ...
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Left shifter is not catching/gets stuck when there is cable tension

I need help with my left shifter. When I have the cable attached to the derailleur and have even the slightest tension applied, the shifter won't shift to the largest cog (I have double front ...
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Cable head is too small

when I came to change the shifting (gear) cable on my claude butler bike I found that the original cable has a slightly bigger head(nipple) than the replacement cables I have-3.9mm compared to 3.5mm ...
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Shifter cable cut deep groove into the rear derailleur casing

I have an old Shimano RD-M760 DEORE XT Rear Derailleur, where shifter cable cut a deep groove into the guiding steel tube. Here is a picture: Is that tube replaceable? I think that groove is a ...
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Is it illegal to cycle with one brake? [closed]

After refurbishing my mountain bicycle I have discovered I need a new cable for my rear brake. My front brake works perfectly fine and that is the only one I use. I will be getting the rear brake ...
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How much can bike shift cables spool, and over what radius?

Some shifter designs have become known for causing broken cables, anecedotally because they're causing too much repeat spooling and unspooling over too tight a radius. For example, broken cable heads ...
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Why does the rear brake bowden have no housing below the frame of the bike?

I observed that the bowden of the rear brake calipers runs "naked" below the bike frame. (Also the gear shifting cables, but let's focus on brake cables for this question.) (I.e. the section ...
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What is MTB/roadbike specific in brake cables?

Basically as the title says. Why won't a "roadbike" bike cable fit into an MTB, or vice-versa? Consider this one. What would happen if this was mounted in an MTB (or any other kind of bike)?
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Anyone seen a hollow crank spindle cut through by an internally-routed derailleur cable?

I just want to share a recent observation, but I have to pose it as a question. A person showed me an FSA Gossamer 30mm hollow crank spindle broken into 2 parts. The break looked almost as good as a ...
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Replacing a lost disc brake pinch bolt

While replacing the cable for my front disc brake, I lost the bolt and plate that attaches the cable to the calliper. In this Park Tool guide, they call it a 'pinch bolt' — labelled E in the image ...
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Why is this STI shifter cable corkscrewing?

I have a roadbike with an older Shimano 105 set of brifters. The left hand / front shifter has always had problems getting the chain to the big ring, to the point I often have to dismount to reset ...
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Replacing an ebike's cable disc brakes with hydraulic disc

I have a Viking Gravity 250w 24v ebike. I'm just wondering if I can replace the braking system with a hydraulic type and what would happen to the wired braking safety feature? Would I have to retrace ...
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Apparently too much rear derailleur cable pull

I have a Deore XT RD-M761 GS medium cage derailleur on my touring bike that seems to move too much per shift. It shifts the chain on a 11-30 8-speed cassette with chainrings being 36/48 and the ...
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What is this hardware inline with the brake cable?

The brake caliper is an Avid BB7_MTN, but there seems to be some kind of additional element inline with the brake cable. From what I can gather looking at the picture, there's an electric cable coming ...
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Brompton cable & housing replacement

What type of cables & housing should I buy to replace them on my 2016 M6R Brompton? I've put a lot of tough miles since I bought my Brompton, and one of my shifting cables finally frayed and fell ...
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Shifter won't click and cable doesn't move

My front gear is set on the smallest gear then the shifter suddenly doesn't click. I also see no cable movement from the front derailleur. Here is the link for the vid: https://imgur.com/ZncNh70
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What type of lever is this cable for?

I recently bought a rear brake cable for my 60s era Schwinn: I was expecting it to have a lever interface that looks like: But they are clearly different: I was browsing eBay for another cable and ...
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Shift Cable for 1963 Schwinn w/Sturmey Archer Shifter

This is the shifter on my 1963-64 Schwinn Racer: This is the old cable: I'd like to replace the cable and found this: It's hard to tell what the cable ends look like inside the packaging but is ...
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Data on cable lubricant

Chain lubrication is a popular topic. Perhaps for this reason, it is possible to find data for chain friction and chain lubrication. Some of the results of the research are quite interesting. I'm ...
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Shift lever tight when cable clamped in derailleur, adjustments seem futile

I have a 2020 Giant Trance 2 I purchased new at the beginning of June 2020. Recently I had to replace my shifter cable (I broke a ferrule and the cable was fraying and very short, so I figured the ...
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What is the plastic inside this barrel adjuster, and is it okay to be worn?

I'm replacing the brake cables (inner / outer) on my ~2 year old bike, and noticed that there is a piece of hard plastic tubing (2–3mm diameter) inside the metal part of the barrel adjuster that feeds ...
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What's the strongest way to bond a cable stop to an steel frame?

I have a steel single speed bike and want to add a rear brake. All is good expect there is no cable stops on the top tube. I want to bond two cable stops to the under side of the top tube.
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How to replace hub motor cable in e-bike?

The hub motor wires are cut from near the axle and looks like I can't repair it without completely replacing it. The motor is similar to this one on Ali Express. I failed to open the motor because ...
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Replace vintage barrel nipple Shimano shifter cable

My West German bike has an old friction shifter. The shifting cable snapped and I discovered the nipple is barrel shaped but horizontal, much like a MTB brake cable, but smaller. I can't figure out ...
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Post head-on crash w/ another bike, shifters no longer shift

Hi everyone on bicycles StackExchange, I had a head-on crash with a drunk guy who rode his bike into mine and since both shifters stopped shifting. the right hand shifter clicks but does absolutely ...
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What do you call the plastic bit that mounts brake cable housing to dedicated frame mounting spots?

I lost a couple and have no idea what to search for online.
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Frayed cable inside front derailleur

I noticed today that my the cable controlling my front derailleur is beginning to fray. Hoping to get this great group's thoughts on the situation. It's a Shimano 105 2x11. Bike has about 150 miles on ...
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Mechanical Ultegra's R8000 right-mech cable failure

On my Giant TCR Advanced SL I have mechanical ultegra R8000 groupset and every 7/8 thousands kilometers the cable constantly breaks(usually it should happens every 20 thousands kilometers). It ...
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Shifter cable types for Gripshift

I am changing the shifter cable on a bike with grip shift. I heard the cable casing is different than other types. Is the cable different?
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Mountain bike crank hits derailleur cable

Just bought my first bike and it was put together by the store. I was wondering if this little cable/wire is okay, it's hitting my pedal every time I’m riding. It doesn’t really bother me, but I don’t ...
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Are rear derailleur cable intervals equal?

On one occasion in the past I paid attention to get the rear derailleur to be "just right". On eight gears on an MTB, I would get gears 1-2-3 and 5-6-7-8 to be perfect (minus the chain rub on one end ...
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Debugging an FD problem through three visuals

The front derailleur cable is as taut as I can get it. To attach the cable with as much tension, it's first necessary to understand the inside of the barrel adjuster. And the H limit screw on a ...
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V brake tension adjusted by bending a wire

enter image description hereI have v brakes with a stiff wire which you bend to adjust the release tension, as opposed to turning a screw. I love this system, it's such an instinctive way to adjust ...
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Front derailleur cable hits path of pedal

The front derailleur cable is on the path of the pedal. Derailleur cable is in the path of the pedal (right of picture): The amateurish solution of pulling it back with a loop requires a solution ...
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Seating the rear derailleur cable housing

Unpacked road bike. Assembly is simple enough, except that the rear derailleur cable housing is not in its groove (I'm sure there is a specific term). Here is a picture. No matter how much I tug (...
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Brake cable rubbing seat post

I am building a tandem and I can run the rear brake and shifter cables three ways. I can run cable housing the whole way. Since it's really far, that's a lot of housing! And I don't think it would ...
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Replacing rapid-fire shifters with 105 integrated shifters

I have a Fuji Absolute 2.0LE with straight handlebars, mini-v brakes, rapid-fire shifters, 3 chainrings, 9-speed Tiagra derailleur. I found a set of drop bars with Shimano 105 integrated brakes and ...
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Road bike shipped with one of the brake cable heads disconnected from the brake lever

Is there an easy fix for this? From what I can see, looks like I have to remove the handlebar tape, and route the cable from the handle bar through the casing etc like new. I got the bike from the "...
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What features to look for in a replacement gear cabling?

What features are recommended for gear cabling to suit Shimano Tiagra front & rear derailleurs? I'm pretty happy with the performance of the cabling the bike came with, I haven't had any issues ...
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Front brakes need to be further apart to fit the front wheel through

My new bike has arrived boxed and partly built. The manual is generic and unclear. The front brakes need to be widened to fit the wheel, it says to 'disengage the cable guide tube from it's yoke'. Not ...
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Cable changing for Lapierre Audacio 400

Are there specific kinds of cables I should be going for? Specific tools that are must have to achieve this? This review shows the Audacio is a Shimano Tiagra groupset with rim brakes.
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My front dérailleur doesn't shift into the big ring neither in the small one. If I pull the shifter nothing happens

I have a Shimano Sora groupset and my bike is 1 year old. I already tried everything with the limit screws and the cable tension but now nothing moves when I pull the shifter. I'm not sure how to ...
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Pros and cons of mixed hydraulic/mechanical brakes vs pure hydraulics

Title of question is self-explanatory. Recently, it was added to the market brakes that are an hybrid mix between the mechanical Bowden steel cable and hydraulic system, which their oil tank is near ...
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How to replace downtube shifters with stem shifters?

My bicycle has clamped downtube shifters that I would like to replace with stem shifters. Is it as straightforward as replacing the downtube shifters with cable stops, then running cable to the stem ...
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What type of lubricant/grease is most suitable for brake and shift cables?

I bought this lube some time back when I cleaned the bearings in my rear wheel: Now I am replacing all the cables on my bike and the instructions say to use white lithium grease. While I was at the ...
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How to protect brake cable that runs beneath top tube while hanging bike on rack

My bike's brake cable runs underneath the top tube. This is a problem when I hang the bike on my rack as the bike compresses the cable against the rack. I came upon this question here: Bike rests on ...
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Prevent internally-routed cable housing from vibrating against frame

The rear brake cable and housing are internally routed through the top bar of the frame. It rattles around when riding on bumpy roads and sounds annoying. What's the best way to mitigate this?
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What is this rubber on gear cables

What is this rubber thing on my gear cable and what does it do?
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How to choose brake cables

I've decided to change a number of brake cables on my family's fleet of bikes. I'm overwhelmed by the number of possible inners and outers. What features should I prioritize? Stainless? Teflon-lined?...