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    v-brake cable installation problem

    I'm attempting to install a new cable for my rear v-brake. Despite having a clean cable cut, I have been unable to thread the cable end thru the final piece of housing + the curved metal tube + metal end piece, (the part which actually attaches to the brake and works as a quick release). The cable is getting stuck where the housing and the curved metal tubing are attached. I'm assuming I don't separate the housing from the metal tube, right? In any event, they don't want to easily separate. Any suggestions?

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    Can you stick a thin/stiff piece of metal through to pull the cable through?
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    Maybe it's hitting the plastic cable liner inside the noodle. Pull out the plastic liner and see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winter76
    Can you stick a thin/stiff piece of metal through to pull the cable through?
    What sort of "thin/stiff piece of metal" do you have in mind? It seems to be a new brake cable is about as thin and stiff a piece of metal as one could hope to get through the housing and curved metal tube. Anyway, how could I attach something to the brake cable and manage to get it through whatever the bottleneck is?

    Is the housing which is connected by the metal sheath to the metal tube in a v-brake meant to be removable from the sheath?

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    Getting stuck going thru the 'noodle'? Take it apart and reassemble it a piece at a time on the cable. Worked for me.

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    Thanks, Stacey. I wasn't sure if the noodle, housing, and metal sheath/connector could all be taken apart. They look permanently fused. I had a hard time getting the housing out of the connector, but when I did, it was obvious where the blockage was--at the end of the housing. I cut off about 6mm (1/4") of housing and easily slid the new cable through and was able to re-use the remaining housing.

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    You know, since your changing the cables, it wouldn't hurt to change the housing too. I always change them together myself. It's not necessary, just wouldn't hurt.
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