I've installed cables and housing before, but only in the context of installing a new shifter or whatever that came with its own matched housing and cable. Now I would like to buy rolls of shifter and brake housing and buy high-quality cables individually for whatever bikes I happen to be working on. It seems more cost-effective than buying the diy-type kits, and there is no chance of not having quite enough housing to do the job.
There's an alphabet soup of manufacturers and products that makes this seem a little overwhelming at first. So far I've kind of settled on Jagwire. I'm thinking I will buy a roll of L3 (teflon) lined 5 mm brake housing: http://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...ng-25-ft-black
And a roll of L-3 lined 4 mm derrailleur housing: http://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...-roll-25-black
A few questions:
1. Will this derrailleur housing paired with quality cables work well for 9 and 10-speed indexed shifting?
2. If I mix and match between manufactures of cable and housing, will I run into trouble? I'm thinking about the fact that some shifter cables are spec'd at 1.1 vs 1.2 mm, and brake cables can be 1.5 or 1.6 mm. Is 0.1 mm at all significant?
3. How important is teflon-lined housing for brake cables anyway? Does housing without some kind of special lining work ok?
4. Are there better choices for housing than what I showed above? I'm not into spending big money to get the best - I hope for pretty good at a reasonable price.