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Old 03-16-11, 08:47 PM   #1
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Brake Cables and Handlebar Tape

Hey guys, I run my Motobecane track with a set of brake hoods and cross levers (both hooked up). I recently moved the brake hoods a bit lower for comfort. Now there's a fairly large space between the brake cables/housing and the bar. Here's a picture:



I'm planning on taping my bars soon and was wondering if the space would be a problem. It seems like it might make the tape a bit weaker between the cable/bar. Or am I just overthinking this?

Thanks for the help!
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Use electrical tape to hold the housing tight against the bar. I would use it in three or four places on each side of the bar. Then tape your bars over that.

Also, four brake levers on a fixed gear?

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didn't read too carefully the first time. you should still use tape, but you might need longer cables and housing now that you've moved the hoods.
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Old 03-16-11, 09:35 PM   #3
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Looks like you'll need to lengthen the housing or move the cross levers outwards unless it can do that right now when you tape it down with electrical tape. You want the housing to lie flat against the bar when wrapped.
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When you wrap your handlebars, its very tight...any loose space will result in either the handlebar tape not going on propperly, or the housing splitting. Just move the cross levers in a little, or take the time and re-cut the housing.
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Also, four brake levers on a fixed gear?
I originally rode my bike as a singlespeed.

Would I only need to redo the housing? The brake cable length would be fine, right? Thanks for the help, guys.
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I originally rode my bike as a singlespeed.

Would I only need to redo the housing? The brake cable length would be fine, right? Thanks for the help, guys.
Everything should be adjustable if you only moved that much...should be fine
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When you wrap your handlebars, its very tight...any loose space will result in either the handlebar tape not going on propperly, or the housing splitting. Just move the cross levers in a little, or take the time and re-cut the housing.
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Did a bit more adjusting for comfort. Does this look good enough to wrap? Or should I still redo the housing?



The housing is now long enough to be able to push it up against the bar, but I don't know if I needed more slack or not.
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I wouldn't bother cutting new housing. Without actually being able to feel the cables, it looks like you still need more slack. I'd just move the cross levers out a little. Then electrical tape the housing down.
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Tape the housing to the bars in a couple of places before you wrap. It should probably be fine now though.
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Any other opinions? Just want to make sure everything is perfect before I wrap my handlebars, don't want to have to rewrap.

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Just try and peel off the adhesive backing to the bar tape before wrapping. That way you can re-wrap if necessary without damaging the tape.
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If you e-tape the housing to the h-bar in a couple of places, ( like mentioned above ) ... you would know if the housing is long enough ...
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Do as said above. Tape the housing. Then you'll know.
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