Join Date: Oct 2003
Bikes: 04 Cannondale R1000, late 80s Cannondale road, 97 Trek 850
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Cannondale plastic top tube cable guides
I bought a used Cannondale road bike a few months ago - it's from the mid- to late-80s, I believe. It's aluminum, with Shimano 600 indexed downtube shifters and aero brake levers. It's in pretty good shape, and I'm loving it, except for one little problem: the bike has little plastic cable guides along the top tube, and they're breaking. Out of the three that used to be there, only one remains. The first one was broken when I got it! I've attached a couple of pictures, both of the one that remains and one of the broken ones. The problem with the broken ones is that the posts are broken off in the tube; the only way I can see to remove them is to push them INTO the top tube.
So, would this be bad? I guess it would rattle, but I can't imagine it would be THAT bad. More importantly, are these things still made? Can I get replacements (maybe metal ones that won't break)? Is there an alternative system I can use so this won't happen??