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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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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 ...
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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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How to Reattach Cable End for Road Drop Bar Brake Lever [closed]

I was installing new brakes and I pulled too hard on the lever and the cable end disconnected from the brake lever. I'm having trouble reattaching it because it can only be pulled out so far due to ...
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How do you switch grip shifters from shifting as if they were on the opposite derailleur?

I was replacing cables on grip shifters recently and when I put them back together they acted as if they were on the wrong side. By that I mean the front shifter (3 chain rings) were shifting 7 times ...
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Front brake cable loose from barrel adjuster

The cable for the front brake on a rim brake has come loose, and I can't get it to squeeze into the barrel adjuster screw properly.
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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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Should I oil new cable housings?

When installing new cables and housing, is is wise to oil the housing? If so, how? Here Hicks recommends spraying (but for re-newing old cables). On the other hand, I have found it intuitive to put ...
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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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My v-brake lever (just one) is stiff. What's wrong?

After tuning my brakes a lot (I was learning how) I noticed suddenly my back brake got really stiff. Does't really matter if the cable is loose or not, the lever itself feels really hard to pull when ...
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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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Buying brake levers, how do I find the correct ones for my bike?

I took a hard spill the other day on my mountain bike and snapped my left hand brake lever in to pieces. The ones that snapped are stock alloy rubbish that came with a Specialized Hardrock 2010 Disc ...
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Shimano Gears won't shift

Basically when pushing the button to shift gear I can only get one speed up and one speed down. I tried adjusting derailer and the tightness on cables but it makes no difference. Figured I'd make a ...
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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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Rear derailleur shifts all gears at once

I've got Campagnolo Veloce gear system and I recently changed my worn-out rear cassette to a new one. Since then I've experienced issues when shifting to higher gears. When I shift, the cable moves ...
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Do brake cables become more elastic with time?

I bought a used bike a few months ago, and I've noticed a drastic reduction in brake power. At first, I was easily able to lock-up the rear wheel while squeezing the brake lever only half-way to the ...
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Gear mis-adjustment. Loss of gears

How do I adjust the rear gears of a bike that will not change to higher gears? It is stuck in lower two or three gears.
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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 ...
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Where can I find a Shimano cs50 stopper fixing bolt?

Somehow I lost a single 'stopper fixing bolt' on my down tube cable stop. I have a set of Shimano sm-cs50 outer down tube cable stops, and I don't want to buy new ones because I only need one bolt. ...
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Sun Tour Cyclone brake levers and brake cable housing

I have a vintage road bike with Sun Tour Cyclone single-pivot calipers, with Cyclone levers. I recently had the front brake cable housing "detach" from the brake lever. It appears to have a large '...
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How to replace derailleur cable housing?

My derailleur cable housing (sheath) has exploded: I bought a new sheath of the exact same length: PROBLEM: Now I realize that unlike brake cables that are like []------, derailleur cables seem to ...
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cable housing with braided metal hard to cut?

Jagwire makes some cable housings that look like braided metal (called "sterling silver", "titanium", "carbon silver", and "gold"). I have a vague recollection of a review that said these metallic ...
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When is it time to replace the gear-cable housing?

Please keep in mind that this question is specific to mountain bikes which roll through lots of dirt and mud. I heard stories of bikes that had their cable housing last for years, but I doubt that ...
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What is a good replacement for a cable end cap?

I was adjusting the tension of my front derailleur cable and managed to pop off the cable end cap. The cable is now quite frayed at the end and I think it would be difficult to attach another cap. ...
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How to identify galvanised and stainless cables?

Recently I bought some stainless steel gear and brake cables. I have 3 packets of cables from 3 Ebay shops. How do I identify if they are genuine stainless steel cables or if I've been ripped off? ...
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Where to get the short wire of the cantilever brake?

I was riding my bike and rear brake fell apart. As a result I lost the short wire of the cantilever brake, or at least that what it seems to be called. Where can I buy that short cable please ? Here ...
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When should I replace the brake cable?

Here is the picture of the cable from my rear V-brakes: As you can see it's worn down. Should I replace it now or is it safe to use it for some more time?
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Cleaning Cable Housing?

I commute about 3600 miles a year and I am able to keep my gears adjusted pretty well. I do find that I get a lot of grime from rainy, muddy conditions, and I think I might be replacing my shift ...
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How can I protect cables in inclement weather?

I cycle year round, in Maine. It is pretty much guaranteed my brakes and shifter cables will need replacement in the spring, even if I try to maintain and clean the bike after each ride. Does anyone ...