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Old 07-31-05, 11:14 AM   #1
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Because I didn't have anything else handy, I ran my Shimano index-8 rear derailleur cable through some cheap (no teflon liner) brake housing. It seems to work fine! Is brake cable "stiffer" than derailleur housing by nature? Should I change to some "real" derailleur housing with both radial and axial wraps and a teflon liner?

Also, I used some of the same cheap brake housing for my front cable-actuated Avid disc brake. The brake seems "sticky" with discreet "jerks" in the lever actuation as the lever is depressed. Is there anything I can do to make the existing brake housing better (lubrication? filing/buffing the cable ends smoother?) or should I just go buy some teflon-lined brake cable housing?

Finally, (and I know that this is a loaded question), what brand(s) of high quality derailleur and brake cable housing should I buy to keep on hand for future projects?

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Old 07-31-05, 11:20 AM   #2
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Finally, (and I know that this is a loaded question), what brand(s) of high quality derailleur and brake cable housing should I buy to keep on hand for future projects?

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Why waste good beer money?? Lined bulk casing works as good as any.
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Also, I used some of the same cheap brake housing for my front cable-actuated Avid disc brake. The brake seems "sticky" with discreet "jerks" in the lever actuation as the lever is depressed. Is there anything I can do to make the existing brake housing better (lubrication? filing/buffing the cable ends smoother?) or should I just go buy some teflon-lined brake cable housing?

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I usually lube the cables and drip lube thru the housing before I install. I use a "dry" lube, specifically, Prolink, but I assume any dry chain lube is good. I've even sprayed hardware store bought silicone thru the housings since it's dry. Lubing the cables/housing makes a difference. Remember, each curve in the housing is a friction point. In fact, I replace cables once a year - not because of structural integrity of the cables, but more to clean and relube all. I reuse housing, but use Shimano cables ($1.50 for shifter cable at www.jensonusa.com).

When cutting housing, you could end up with pinched off areas or rough edges, both problem areas. I use cutters designed for cables and housing, but it's never a bad idea to file sharp edges or open up the cable at the cut.

It looks like you could get some pretty fancy cable/housing sets, but I'll leave the recommendations to others.
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Why waste good beer money?? Lined bulk casing works as good as any.
I believe you, sydney. Where do I buy "lined bulk casing" and what is a good price for a spool?
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I believe you, sydney. Where do I buy "lined bulk casing" and what is a good price for a spool?
I've bought it a LBS for about $1/ft. www.loosescrews.com also runs special sales.
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