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Originally Posted by Eatadonut
...it needs replacing (too short). Are there any secret tips I need to know, or is this as straight ahead as I like to pretend all my repairs are? Should I oil the cable? I've got this phil's just waiting for a use...
Nothing too magic about replacing the cables. Somethings to look for:
1. If you buy "universal" fit cables, each end has a different fitting to fit the two major type of levers. The unneeded one is cut off. Make sure to size the end with your old cable. Also, once you cut it, you might have loose strands flaring out. Before you start feeding the cable through the housing, make sure any loose strands are put back into place. If you notice, the cable strands are sprially wound along its axis. Use your fingers to set the loose strands back into place, following the spiral of the cable. If you force the cable through with loose strands sticking out, they could get hung up on the housing ends and ruin the cable. Basically, feed the cable gently, and if it does hang up, pull it out and try again.
2. If you can, I prefer to buy cable made for/by the brake manufacturer. For example, I bought some Shimano cables and of course the end fits perfectly. More importantly, the other end seemed to be tinned with solder, so when the cable essentially has no loose strands. Thus, it was easier to feed through the housing.
3. I suggest lubing the cable, but not with oil. A dry, chain type lube is preferable, since it won't gum or attract dirt. I use Prolink chain lube for my chain and cables. I presume you could use a hardware store version of a silicone lube - it's cheap and is dry. Oil will stay wet and act like a magnet for grit. The cable are not activate that much, so a thick, "tenacious" lube is probably not necessary.
4. Cap off the cable end with an end crimp. Sometime, I could tin the free end with a dab of solder which is a very clean look, but solder may not adhere to all cable materials, like stainless steel.
Last edited by MudPie; 07-28-05 at 10:58 PM.