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Old 03-09-06, 09:54 AM   #1
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How difficult is it to replace cables?

I bought a new handlebar (FSA K-Wing) and since this bar routes cables inside the bar I have to take the cables off at the derailleurs and basically redo them. My only concern is getting the derailleurs to work properly once I get the cables back on. The brakes I won't have a problem with, I've replaced brakes before so that's no problem.

I'd hate to have to take the bike in to my LBS to have this done.
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Simple to do, and great opportunity to learn. Check out Park Tools Repair Help
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It is fairly easy, and if you can't do it at all just take it in to the LBS. It will cost the same if you try first or not.

Presumably the limit screw will be fine (you aren't changing the RD, correct?), so the only issue will be making sure the tension on the cable is correct. This is a skill worth having.
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Great, thanks for the info! That was just the motivation I needed to try it myself first.

I'm pretty handy and I can figure most things out so I'm going to do it. I'll start tonight when I get home from work (I rode in to work today but tomorrow it's supposed to rain pretty hard so I won't be riding tomorrow or all weekend-supposed to be T-storms on Saturday).
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I did mine when I installed an inline gear indicator last week. Required pulling the cable all the way out to shifter. Pushed it through the indicator and back to the RD. Piece of cake.
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I did mine when I installed an inline gear indicator last week. Required pulling the cable all the way out to shifter. Pushed it through the indicator and back to the RD. Piece of cake.
Tell me more about this inline gear indicator....

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Before attaching the new cables to the derailleurs read the instructions at the Park Tool site and don't leave out any steps.
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Very easy, just be familiar with and follow the directions on the Park site. Big plus to doing it: you'll always have perfectly tuned derailers (assuming you're not too lazy to tune them).
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Tell me more about this inline gear indicator....

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Can't seem to find a picture of one on the net. It's a simple plastic tube with a window that has a little orange doughnut in it that you push the cable through. On the clear window there are little marks to help you know what gear you're in. It installs right into the shifter where the cable enters. You basically cut a portion of the cable housing (don't cut the cable )off and this takes it's place. I can take a pic tonight and post if interested.
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Here is a (not the best) picture. You have to get the one for the right number of gears, 9 or 10.
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Well, I've got the old bar off and the new one on. Just have to mount the brifters and route the cables now.
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Crap...I need new cables. Mine are now too short to use with these handlbars. Nothing is ever easy is it?
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Crap...I need new cables. Mine are now too short to use with these handlbars. Nothing is ever easy is it?
An old CEO for my comapny (back when CEOs knew something) was once had the following exchange with a reporter:

Rep: What is the secret to your sucess
CEO: Good decisions
Rep: What skill has helped the most in making those good decisions?
CEO: Experience
Rep: How did you gain you experience?
CEO: Bad decisions

So no...nothing is ever easy...that's why we ride bikes. If it were easy we'd turn it over to all of the OCPs and take up x-country skiing.
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An old CEO for my comapny (back when CEOs knew something) was once had the following exchange with a reporter:

Rep: What is the secret to your sucess
CEO: Good decisions
Rep: What skill has helped the most in making those good decisions?
CEO: Experience
Rep: How did you gain you experience?
CEO: Bad decisions

So no...nothing is ever easy...that's why we ride bikes. If it were easy we'd turn it over to all of the OCPs and take up x-country skiing.
Cross country skiing isn't an option. It never snows here.

Still, I don't think this was a bad decision. Unless someone knows how to make cables longer, I would have needed new cables whether I did it or if I had my LBS do it.
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