I have a Bianchi Milano w/Shimano Nexus 8 hub, and a week or so ago I put on new North Road bars, which are taller than my old bars. I can't raise the bars up without pulling the cables taut, so I have them too low until I can fix it.
I read the service guides on Shimano's site, and they give a vague idea of which cables to use for the brakes and shifters; I've figured out that I need indexed-shifting cables with 4mm housing and one cylindrical stop on one end, and M System cables/housing for the brakes. (Right?)
I can't find what I'm looking for! All of the SIS cable packages I've found w/google come with housing in lengths of 600mm or so, and that isn't long enough. (Oh and there are 10m reels of it, but I'm not buying no 10m reel.) The bike shops I know and trust are far away and I don't want to drive there unless I have to. To get housing that long, do I have to drive out to one of the shops and have them cut off a piece from a reel or something?
Is there any kind of a cheat (other than too-low bars) i can use to avoid replacing the cables? Do you have any tips for a first-timer? I really don't want to mess it up, obviously. Once I have the cables and housing I'll be most concerned about cutting stuff to the wrong length. Any advice?
Thanks a bunch for any help. I have no one to guide me!