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    Top tube cable stop alternatives

    I have this old Schwinn road bike, and on rare occasion when I find a patch of ground that I'd rather not let her traverse over, I pick up my bike, mount it on my shoulder, and hike across until I get back to suitable terrain. At least, I traditionally do, but I just picked up a new bike that has cable stops on the bottom side of the seat tube, so that when carrying it on my shoulder the brake cable cuts into me.

    It might be unnecessary to carry it, as I guess it's unlikely that any glass will submerge into the tire without me putting pressure on it, but even then I have fun doing it.

    So, I'm thinking of getting a hack-saw and slicing off the welded stops. I've read some old posts about someone trying to mount a stop on a fixed geared bike and most of the alternatives were being derided, with the OP eventually settling on using zip-ties. Are the clamp-on stops rubbish or should I get my saw and buy one of these?

    http://www.amazon.com/Origin8-Clamp-...7365938&sr=8-3

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    In beaurocratic limbo urbanknight's Avatar
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    Considering how much tension is put on the brake cable during hard braking, I wouldn't trust my safety to anything clamped or otherwise relying on friction to stay in place. I'm surprised a brake cable cuts into you that badly just carrying it a few meters. However, consider a sleeve for that section of cable. I've seen plastic ones on bikes before, and as long as the cable is properly lubed, I imagine silicone hose from your local hardware store will work as well (and be softer). Simply cut it to the length between the 2 stops (a few mm short, actually), pull your cable out up to that point, slide the cable through the first stop, then the tube, then the second stop, and reattach the cable. Voila!

    edit: If the stops themselves cut into you, go back to your ideas and disregard mine.
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    The sleeve sounds like the best solution to me. This is one area where I think older bikes have an advantage. Up to the early '90's, the brake cable was along the top tube at the 12:00 mark, all inside a casing. Somebody decided the lower part of the top tube with no casing was the way to go, I believe from mountain bike makers using slotted cable stops. There really wasn't anything wrong with the old way, with some advantages. No pinching the cable against the frame when it's hanging from the top tube on a repair stand, less grime in the works since the cable was encased the whole way, more room for a frame pump, etc. Who decides these trends anyway?

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    I'm surprised a brake cable cuts into you that badly just carrying it a few meters.
    Well, it's actually more like a few hundred meters, as there's one particular construction site that I regularly pass over.

    You're right though, considering the tension it'd be pretty disastrous if they gave out on me when I really needed to stop. I might go with your idea of using a sleeve over the cable, and then maybe I'll try wrapping some handlebar-wrap over the sleeve to cushion it up a bit. Failing that I guess I'll have someone ship my other bike from out of state. Lol.

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    Who decides these trends anyway?
    They moved the cables to the bottom because people were rubbing their crotch against them when standing over their bike. I had always figured internal cable routing would have become common place by now, but I guess not.
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