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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 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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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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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 ...
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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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What is the actual cable pull of brake levers?

I understand that there are 2 brake lever cable pull standards: Standard Pull Levers Long Pull Levers (for V-brakes and disc brakes) But what is the actual difference in pull? And specifically: what ...
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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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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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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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Is it normal for my derailleur cables to cross over on the down tube?

I've just picked myself up a Specialized Allez Sport 2014 road bike from Evans Cycles (UK). I test rode the bike and I'm happy with the bike, but when I got home, and flipped the bike over to make a ...
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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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How to lubricate cables?

What is the best way to lubricate gear and brake cables in their tubular housings? Up until now, I've used CRC/WD-40 with an extension tube and attempted to squirt the lubricant into the tube housings....
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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 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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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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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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What's the deal with compressionless brake cable housing?

Ok folks, I'm confused and in need of advice. On my commuter (touring) bike, I just upgraded my BB5's to BB7's. In the process, decided/realized that I also need to replace my cables and housing (@...
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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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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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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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How to install the cable for this rear derailleur?

For two months so far I'm trying to fix my bike. I bought a used bike and the shifting was not good. So I bought new cables and tried to make the rear derailleur work, but without any kind of luck. ...
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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 ...