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Old 06-08-09, 04:41 PM   #1
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Will I need to replace my front derailuer cable?

When I cleaned my front derailuer I detatched the cable loosening the hex nut. Well, I ended up readjusting the cable when attatching it and now the cable has spread out and it is becomming frayed.
I clearly don't know what im doing and I know now I should have left it alone. But, to late for that now. Im sure its not adjusted right for the shifting is stiff now and im afraid the cable will just snap. Trip to my LBS?

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A tiny drop of superglue will hold the strands together.
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New cable is cheap, maybe 4 bucks with the housing/cable combined. Jagwire makes a set, while you are at it, it would be a bad idea to get both new der. cables and two brake cables. Especially for an older bike.

Also, the cable probably wouldn't "Snap" but could get pulled from the bolt that holds it, but there isn't much tension on that anyway, so it wouldn't be a huge deal.

But yeah, just go for a new cable.
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Cables are cheap enough. I'd replace it.
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Also, if you don't want to invest in a pair of cable cutters (not so cheap), the shop would most likely cut the housings to length if you bring in the old ones. A good pair of wire snips will usually suffice for the cables themselves.
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A new cable would be cheap to replace, so I guess I will go to the bike shop tomorrow and have them do the job right instead of myself trying to do it and most likely screwing it up. I have been using the bike with it this way but id just feel better having it fixed like new. Its an 09 trek 1.5 I purchased at the end of last summer. Thanks for the replies!!
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Also, if you don't want to invest in a pair of cable cutters (not so cheap), the shop would most likely cut the housings to length if you bring in the old ones. A good pair of wire snips will usually suffice for the cables themselves.
+1 for mentioning cable-housing. You will be wanting to get some of this to go with a cable - or two. I replace my gear-cables once a year. And I often change the color of cable-housing I'll put on.

Regards cable/housing cutters, this really is a vital tool if you're going to be working on your own bike. They cost a pretty=penny, but can last a lifetime. I recommend Shimano.
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