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Old 08-14-07, 01:30 AM   #1
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Brake Cable Splitters -Anyone

So I have risers set up on my ride with a shimano DX lever that I love. The problem is that the DX lever is supposed to stay put, isn't made to be taken on and off. I wanna be able to swap out my bars from time to time, so I was thinking of trying this:

http://www.sandsmachine.com/ac_cable.htm

Seems like a good idea in theory, but freaks me out a bit at the same time. Anyone have any experience with these things (on any kind of bike, not just fixed.)
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They work just fne......Ive never had problems,but who really knows........DO IT...
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Those S&S cable splitters only split the CABLE, not the cable housing. They can only be used in a section of bare cable that is exposed with no housing. Look at the photo again.....see how it's just bare cable there? The cable housing ends at the frame's cable stops.

The best way to switch out your bars would be to remove the brake caliper from the fork. Your riser bars would have a full brake assembly, consisting of a brakelever/brakecable/brakecaliper. And your other handlebars would have another brakelever/brakecable/brakecaliper.

When you want to switch the bars, just loosen the stem and remove the brake caliper mounting bolt.....switch the bars and install the brake caliper that is dangling down from the other bar's cable....
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You could also switch to some lock-on grips- those things come right off. Then you could easily get the lever off, and put it back on the new set of bars.
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Old 08-14-07, 12:23 PM   #5
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I have one of Bruce Gordons' bikes with the cable splitters. He puts them in so you can swap upright bars for drop bars at will.
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Those S&S cable splitters only split the CABLE, not the cable housing.
I can pretty much bet a descent ferrule would take care of that, or maybe even a set down ferrule that would fit around the splitter.

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You could also switch to some lock-on grips- those things come right off. Then you could easily get the lever off, and put it back on the new set of bars.
That is actually a pretty sweet idea, thanks.
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I can pretty much bet a descent ferrule would take care of that, or maybe even a set down ferrule that would fit around the splitter.
The brake cable needs to slide within the housing- if you attach it with this splitter, and then run the brake housing right up to either side of the splitter, then the line can't move within the housing.

Really, i'd go to a lot of trouble to avoid having a split front brake cable. I depend a lot on that thing, and it takes a fair amount of force.
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I stand corrected. Thanks.
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