Now I know this is a rather shallow question, but how long do your cables generally last? Or how long are they supposed to last? I'm guessing brake cables, change once per riding season/year and shifter cables, every 2 years?
PS I bought some teflon coated cables since the lbs employee suggested them, as did the mechanic, and paid 5 bucks each for them as opposed to 2 bucks. They don't feel much different...waste of 6 bucks (2 cables...).