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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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?...
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Rear V brake replacement

So I am replacing the rear v brakes on my old Saracen ruff trax, callipers, cables and pads. My questions is... Unless I pull the brake cable tight through the calliper the pads do not get close ...
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Problems with cheap housings

So, I converted my road bike from downtube shifters to STI brifters, and I noticed that the cable housings don't sit properly in the downtube cable stops, do you think that would be a problem ? EDIT:...
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How to retrieve broken off end of gear cable from inside Shimano 105, 11 gear, lever?

The gear cable was badly frayed in the handle system, where it bends through 90 deg. I had to cut it to remove the cable...but in doing so, the tip with the cable end (about 10mm long), has moved on ...
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Halfway through changing rear gear out cable

I stupidly started changing the outer casing on my rear gear without having cable cutter ready. Suffice to say I've messed up the cut and now I can't get the gear cable though the outer casing. My ...
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1 inch threadless headset with hollow cap for cable routing

Lets skip the questions about why I want to do this, but I would like to run my front brake cable through my headset. This is an older race frame with a 1 inch headset. Most headsets built for this ...
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What are these cable “unions” called

The Moulton bike can be taken apart for travel (just using it as an example, I don't have one). The cables that run from the handlebar to the rear triangle are not single continuous cables but are ...
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Alfine shifter cable tension increases over time

I have a Shimano Alfine 8 hub. I am aware of the need to keep an eye on the shift cable tension, and readjust periodically to ensure that the alignment marks on the hub are lined up. The strange ...
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Front derailleur cable suddenly very slack (no shifting), not sure what's caused it

I last rode the bike on Sunday. Throughout the ride I noticed the front shifter (grip friction shift, Shimano) was feeling "looser" than normal (hard to describe, it didn't feel "right" and seemed to ...
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Alternative replacement cable for classic sturmy archer 3 speed shifter?

I have classic sturmy archer 3 speed trigger with a snapped cable. Unfortunaly, these aparently need special cables (endings) http://www.sturmey-archer.com/en/products/detail/classic-trigger Do I ...
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Should internal brake cables use ferrules at the entry point to the frame?

I recently got a titanium frame with internal cabling. The holes where the brake housing enters the frame are just big enough to fit a ferrule. Should I use ferrules or is it OK for the cable housing ...
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Giant Defy 2018 front brake cable routing problem

I have a feeling that there is something very obvious I am missing. Just got my Giant Defy Advanced 2. Fitted the front wheel and found the way the front brake cable is routed means it is in the ...
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Brake cable end anchor, which metal?

Does anyone know from which material these brake cable end caps (anchors) are made out? Is it lead, some galvanized metal or something else?
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What tools do I absolutely need to replace brake cables?

I'm happy with the job I did replacing the drivetrain on my road bike, and I'm ready to tackle replacing the brake cables. Unfortunately, I did a little research and it's been suggested that I need a ...
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Is cantilever rear cable hanger supposed to move?

The question is somewhat related to this one. I have cantilever brakes with this rear Tektro hanger (but the hanger itself instaled downwards): The problem is, when I brake the hanger rotates, which ...
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Jaqwire KEB vs Shimano DA Brake Cables [closed]

Looking to replace my brake cables/outers on my CX bikes (105 brifters and TRP Spyres brakes). Both outers (front and rear) run the full length (shifter to brake) on my CAADX so there’s a lot of outer ...
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Why does my brake cable keep on coming out of my brake handle?

I think I braked too quick on a slope and the brake cable came out of the brake handle so my front brake doesn't work. What do I do to fix it?
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How necessary are barrel adjusters?

In the process of getting the slack out of my rear brake cable, the "cap" on the insulated part of the cable pulled out of the barrel adjuster. While monkeying around trying to get that part of the ...
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How to re-terminate frayed brake cables?

I've bought and installed new cables for my bicycle, but I didn't have any cable-ends to crimp the ends. I've been riding for a few days now and just noticed that one of my cable ends has unwound ...
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Ferrule size for a road brake cable housing slot?

I have bought some generic cable housing without paying attention to the specification (https://www.bricklanebikes.co.uk/blb-brake-cable-outer-housing-black). It comes with a set of ferrules and I ...
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How do I thread rear derailleur cable through this adjuster?

this is a Lemond Zurich from around 1999 that I'm converting to 10 speed in rear. I can't get the cable to thread past this metal part that seems to be a fine adjustment for rear derailleur. I can't ...
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Brand New Bicycle Brake Cables Popping out

I've searched this site for this issue but it appears other questions/answers relate to old cables/housing. This specific problem happened after replacing both (link to Shimano brake cable set- https:/...
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Tried to tighten the brakes, won't grip at all

I have a big problem. I know I could get this fixed with a mechanic, but really want to learn how to do it myself. I tried to fix (fool around) with my brakes a little the other day. The brakes are ...
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New Cable Anchor Bolt for SunTour Accushift Edge

I got a pretty good condition Trek 400 and it has SunTour Edge components. Unfortunately, the rear Accushift derailleur is missing a cable anchor bolt so I have no way of attaching a cable to it. Are ...
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Replacing Mechanical Disk Brake cables

I am having problems with replacing brake cables on rear wheel. The bicycle has mechanical disks. I removed old cable successfully and I've put the new one in. The thing is that I feel like it's not ...
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What should I do when my rear derailleur cable guide is too narrow?

I am installing a modern groupset on an old frame. The frame has a rear derailleur cable guide like this: The problem is that the gear cable housing ferrules are too large for the braze-on, causing ...
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Bike brake cables popping out of brake handles

A couple days ago I got in a small bike crash and since then both my front and back brakes have this issue. As shown in the picture, the metal ends of the cables come out of the handles when I squeeze ...
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How Dicey are super cheap brake cables?

I was going to buy some super cheap - I mean barely more than 50 cents per meter - brake cable. Am I in any danger of sudden failure? I don't mind replacing the cable after a year or something, but ...
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Disc Brakes *Completely* Ineffective

Over recent months my front and rear disc brakes (Hy Rd TRP on my Genesis Croix de Fer) have become increasingly useless, to the extent that I now have to cycle very slowly because it takes at least 5 ...
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Would using compressionless brake housing for derailleur be a problem?

... since derailleur cables are a smaller diameter? Would they be too loose in the bigger housing? The housing might also not fit the shifter hole. Any thoughts on this? The 'why' behind the ...
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Longer stem, need to re-cable?

When I got my bike built, I chose a 60mm-long stem. It's a single-speed bike with front and rear cantilever break (cyclocross model.) After riding on the bike for a couple of months, I have decided ...
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Not able to shift to largest Chain Ring - Lever not clicking, when cable is connected to FD

After installing Shimano TZ 30 Front Derailleur, I am not able to shift from middle ring to big ring. I can successfully shift Shifter from 1 to 2 and even from 2 to 1. But not from 2 to 3. If I ...
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What is the difference between brake cables and derailleur cables?

What is the difference between brake cables and derailleur/shift cables? When I look online for replacement cables I see "brake cables" and "shift cables." From the images they all look the same. ...
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How to increase tension of rear derailleur cable

I have a Trek Shift 3 (I bought/got new/unused in May 2016) with a Shimano ST-EF65 Shifting Lever (Index) and I am unable to shift gears in the rear derailleur. I think the reason I can't shift gears ...
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I cannot find a barrel adjuster on my bike

I tried to adjust the cable tension but there it litterally no way to adjust it on the front derailleur on a 22.5" GMC Denali 700cc Men's Bike Generic photo from walmart.com
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Why do my rear caliper cable becomes loose after some squeezes in the brake lever?

I have bought this bike one week ago from a friend of mine, and when I checked it, it was clear that the rear brake caliper cable was loose. I could see, under the frame, the steel wire bulging from ...
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Prevent disused brakes getting stuck

I tend to brake almost exclusively with my right hand. This usually means that the V-brakes for my left hand (rear) build up grime over time. Then when I come to use the brakes when I do need to stop ...
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Gear change sticking only on specific changes - cable issue? [duplicate]

I'm riding a hybrid with 48/36/26 chain ring and 9 speed 11-32 cassette. When I change up OR down at a specific point the shift is slow and doesn't always engage. On the 48 this is between the 21 ...
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Stock 10 Speed Shifters with 9 Speed Transmission [closed]

I have a bike that was built with 10 Speed Campagnolo Veloce Shifters, 9 speed Veloce rear derailleur, and SRAM 9 speed cassette and chain. I found a page on the builder's website that states they do ...
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Saving frayed cables? [duplicate]

I've got a '70s road bike with shift cables which work quite well and so I see no immediate reason to replace them, but the cable ends were not crimped with end caps and so they've frayed out to ...
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What's this cotter pin on the barrel adjuster for?

I bought a new Salsa Colossal frame to build up and it has a cotter pin on the frame mounted barrel adjuster: If I turn the barrel adjuster too much, it is going to start digging in to the paintwork. ...
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Could i break Shimano Nexus 7 with no cable attached?

Is it possible to ride (pedal) on bike with Shimano Nexus 7 with no cable attached? Is it possible to push the bike without pedaling, when cable is unattached, or setting of shifter is not correct? I ...
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Can a 7 speed torpedo cable index a modern day 7 speed freewheel?

I have an old cable from a 7 speed Torpedo internal hub and am wondering if it will properly index a modern day 7 speed freewheel or if it is way off. Is there an easy way to check this? Just ...
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Options for fully lined bulk cable housing

I perform maintenance on 3 personal bikes, and often friend's bikes (a few per year, usually). One of the most common tasks is replacing shift/brake cables and housing. I live in Boston, winter is ...
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How to lubricate a bicycle cable [duplicate]

so I'm very new to all this, so I don't know a lot. My mountain bike will no longer shift gears, I've been told this is because my cables need lubricated, but I have no idea how to do this, so, how ...
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How useful/valuable is internal cabling?

I'm in the market for a new bike. I'm not a club rider but a utilitarian one: I commute on my bike, visit friends and run errands. On average I probably ride 2-4 miles per day, almost entirely on good ...
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replacing shifter cable housing?

My rear cable housing got torn apart while I was tunning gears as you can see in the picture. I'm quite new to cycling so i'm not sure if i should replace the whole cable or just the part of the ...