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    removing cable housings on frame

    hey everyone, just had a quick question. I'm trying to build my first bike from just the frame, its an old 80's steel frame thats not worth very much, but its rust free and in good shape. I want to keep it simple and light and would like to use only a front brake. The problem is that the frame has those small metal tubes that hold the cable for the rear brake along the top tube. Has anyone had any experience removing these before? I'm sure i could just grind them off, but I'm worried about appearance. I plan on repainting the frame, so I'm not worried about messing up the paint.

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    If you're painting the frame, just heat them with a propane torch and they should come right off. Obviously the paint will burn, but better than grinding them off if you're repainting anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kurohelmet View Post
    hey everyone, just had a quick question. I'm trying to build my first bike from just the frame, its an old 80's steel frame thats not worth very much, but its rust free and in good shape. I want to keep it simple and light and would like to use only a front brake. The problem is that the frame has those small metal tubes that hold the cable for the rear brake along the top tube. Has anyone had any experience removing these before? I'm sure i could just grind them off, but I'm worried about appearance. I plan on repainting the frame, so I'm not worried about messing up the paint.
    Please just leave them on. Let me guess, you're converting it to a fixed gear?
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