Bicycle Mechanics - Bar end shifter cable routing
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Can anyone post some pictorial suggestions on how to route bar end shifter cables so they exit at the top of the bar with the brake cables. Nokon?
04-21-05, 11:15 PM
I havent taken pictures yet but I just wrapped a set tonight. I used nashbar bars that have cable grooves front and back. I used the front groove for my brake cables and ran the shifter cables along the back groove all the way up to the stem. They seem to work OK but I havent dialed in the RD yet. I had to buy a 105in shifter cable for the RD and 8ft of housing to wrap around the bars, although I have some housing left. Will try to get some pictures posted soon.
04-22-05, 02:05 AM
Standard brake shifter cables and housings is all that you need.
Well, except that with my tall frame and wide handlebars, I use a regular rear shifter cable in front and a rear tandem shifter cable that is at least 2,75 m long for the rear cable.
My rear cable is a teflon-coated one, but that's only because my LBS's non-coated tandem cables are 2,65 m long (hence 10 cm too short) while their coated ones are 3,0 m long.
Interesting. A buddy of mine was concerned about cable friction on the curves of the bars. He so wanted me to avoid the 'cable sticking out of the side of the drops' look. I think he's just hot for Nokon cable. So I should have no problem routing these up along the bar grooves? Thanks.
I put early 1970s SunTour ratchet barcons on my 1972 Peugeot UO-8, and I wrapped the cables under the first few turns of handlebar tape, letting them emerge toward the insides of the bars at the bottoms of the curves, a bit below the brake handles. I looped the exposed cables over my retro cylindrical Bellwether handlebar bag, then down to cable stops where downtube shift levers would normally sit. This system looks great, works great, and does not get in my way at all.
04-22-05, 11:14 AM
I did what John E did. I used teflon liner material and also had no problems. The housings curve in to the headtube and downtube-mounted cablestops underneath the handlebar bag.
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