To drill or not to drill
I am in the process of building up my first bike. The frame is a 2001 Jamis Aurora. I was just about to install the shifter cables and I ran into a little snag. The problem is...the downtube cable stops aren't actually mounted on the downtube. They are mounted way up on the head tube. The nice part about that is that they set out in front of the head tube and therefore have room for built in barrel adjusters. The problem comes when routing cables for the front canti brake and the derailleurs. When Jamis built the bike up, they used a fork mount cable hanger. I couldn't seem to find one of those, so I used a headset mount hanger instead. Only problem, I can't turn the wheel without the brake cable hitting on the derailleur cable housings. A poor design in my humble opinion, but I guess you get what you pay for. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I see 3 potential solutions:
1. Find and install a fork mount cable hanger. I hesitate to do this because there is very little clearance between the canti yoke and the derailleur cable stops. In other words, I think the cable housings will still put pressure on each other when I turn sharp. Anyone else see this as a problem on the aurora.
2. Mount clamp on cable stops on the downtube. Then I will also need to incorporate some sort on inline barrel adjuster for FD fine adjustment.
3***. This is the one I need to be talked out of. I could just drill and tap the down tube and install the cable stops that came with my STI shifters. I have the tools and know how, but I'm not sure whether or not this would create a week spot in the frame. These DIY brazeons wouldn't be reinforced like a usual brakeon. The nice thing about this setup is that I may be able to pack along an cheap downtube shifter and have a place to mount it if I ever had trouble with the STI shifters while I'm on the road.