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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cable routing around bottom bracket

See picture attached of a point in the rear derallier cable routing - should I put something in there to prevent rubbing (I can't fit any brake or gear housing in there - so if so what should I use?), ...
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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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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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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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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 replace a Sturmey Archer's cable?

I would like to replace the cable of a Sturmey Archer hub, but can't find a way to disassemble the old cable without destroying it, and it puzzles me how to insert the new cable. To better explain, I ...
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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 cut a brake/derailleur cable?

I need to cut a cable, cleanly enough that it can be inserted in its housing. What kind of cutting tool do I need for this? I probably won't be using it more than once every few years, so cheaper ...
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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 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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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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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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How to adjust cable length on integrated brake/shift levers, when there is no barrel adjuster?

I feel bad asking this question because I've been doing bicycle maintenance for over 20 years and this seems like a noob question. I was unable to find a Shimano manual to answer this question. I ...
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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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Tried to replace bicycle brake housing. Broken cable?

I was attempting to replace my stock front v brake to a better aftermarket v brake everything went ok until I tried to test it and the brake cable end, the one that connects to the brake lever, will ...
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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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Reverse center pull cantilever brakes (how to set up and issues)

Questions Q1. For rear cantilever brakes, are there any off-the-shelf parts or brake designs that route a rear brake cable from underneath the saddle cable instead of above? Q2. If not, then can ...
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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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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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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 ...