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Old 07-10-12, 09:25 AM   #1
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Running Cable Housing/Wrapping Bullhorns

I am installing the following bars and brakes on my Miyata 110:

http://www.jensonusa.com/Tektro-RX-4...e-Brake-Levers
http://www.profile-design.com/profil...stoker-26.html

I know how to install the bars no problem, and how to put the levers on, but I have never run cables and housing myself before, and this will be my first time taping the bars myself. I just want to make sure I don't screw it up so I only have to buy everything once. Here are my main questions (but I will take any advice/instructions!)

The brake cable comes out the bottom of the levers. There are holes in the bars to run the cables internally, but it looks like only for a few inches on the horns themselves. Since the levers aren't set up specifically for internal routing, should I still use the pre-drilled holes, or just run the housing along the bottom of the bars? My concern with running them internally is just that they will have to run from the bottom and then up to the side holes, and I don't know if this will cause a weird lump running in that line (I feel a lump, if there is one, would be more comfortable just running straight along the bottom of the bars).

I guess also an option would be to not run the housing under the tape at all, but I'm not sure how to approach that as I'm not sure I've seen it done before.

I'm not too worried about actually taping. Only question is, the levers are a tight fit as is (even being adjustable) in the bar-ends. Am I correct that the procedure is to leave an overhang of tape, and push that in with the plug levers to hold it in place? I'm only concerned that this will make it too tight to fit the levers in.

besides that, just any general advice or tips on fitting the cable housing would be great!
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I'd just tape the housing down as if it were a grip.
the reverse levers should have a housing stop, though
When I put a ferrule on the end there was a poor cable alignment,
with the hole the cable passes thru,
so I took the ferrule off the end of the housing.
then let the housing run in a smooth arc to the brake or frame stop.
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So just tape it to the bar and wrap the tape over it? That's what I'm leaning towards
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