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Old 02-20-06, 04:22 PM   #1
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Any better cables and housings for folder?

So I have this new (used) Bike Friday, and I notice that the cables are a bit nasty after a few folds and suitcase stuffings. Since there is so much housing, it seems to make a difference in both the brake return and a bit sloppy shifting. Has anyone experimented with the various fancy cables who can say how they work with the longer runs and sharp turns on a folder? If so, what do you recommend?

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Old 02-20-06, 06:07 PM   #2
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Cable routing on Bike Fridays is known to be less than ideal, because it's a performance bike first and a folder second.

Alex Wetmore has improved the situation by using little pulleys called Travel Agents. Check out his page here:
http://www.phred.org/~alex/bikes/bf-vs-swift.html
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Old 02-20-06, 07:57 PM   #3
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I use brake cable housing for all cables on my BF's. The wire strands inside the derailleur housings don't take the bends was well. For derailleur cables, I use step down ferrules on standard brake housing.
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Old 02-20-06, 08:21 PM   #4
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That's a good idea. I also found something where someone just ran the rear brake cable directly to the brake and avoided the bottom bracket. They just used a zip tie on the "down tube" to secure the brake cable. I'm not using this as a quick folder...just a travel bike, so that might work.

Anyone have good luck with nokon cables?

It's enough to make me get an eno hub and run it fixed. But that might limit the places I'd take it.

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Old 02-20-06, 09:52 PM   #5
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How about using a cable splitter to avoid the sharp turns on packing. All the Moulton separables use them.
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Old 02-20-06, 11:13 PM   #6
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you could also try dripping some bike lubricant into the cable housing. An old folder of mine had problems shifting because the cables were long and windy. I brought it over to a bike store and they just dripped lubricant into the housing, fixed it like a charm! They said it helps reduce friction between the cable and the housing, which it definitely seems to do. Hope that helps.
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