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Old 10-18-16, 12:48 PM
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Re-routing brake and shifter cables

I know this is a relatively simple thing to do, but I have no mechanical experience, so I've come here. My cables go in front of my handlebars which means that when I mount a light immediately to the left of my stem, the light shines right into the cables instead of on more important, farther away things. So I'd like to reconfigure the cables to go behind the handlebars instead of in the front. Is there much I have to be careful about regarding the length and tautness or should I just get them loose, move them the way I want, and tighten them back up?
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Old 10-18-16, 01:23 PM
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Yeah, you can do that. It will kind of be in the way of your hands though.



You can't make the loop too small, or the cable won't pull properly and it might bind when the handlebars go sideways, and if you make it too big it'll just flop around. Other than that, you can handle this job.
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Old 10-18-16, 02:59 PM
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Great Scott! Drilled Campy levers from the 70's. I don't know... my money is on the o.p. having flat bars...
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Old 10-18-16, 03:13 PM
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... but I have no mechanical experience, so I've come here.
another reason the OP should buy some Books on Bike repair, or at least go to the Public Library and check out some circulating books on the topic.
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Old 10-18-16, 03:28 PM
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How about a photo of the bike & headlamp.

Aero cable routing on road bikes can be nice. I've even noticed the glare on Shimano routed cables, not seen on Campy aero cables.

Another option would be a helmet mounted headlamp instead of bar mounted. It has the advantage that it follows where you look. Sometimes I'll point the helmet directly towards side-street traffic.
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Old 10-18-16, 03:50 PM
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If we had some idea about the type of bars you have and the current cable routing I am sure that someone could make a suggestion
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
If we had some idea about the type of bars you have and the current cable routing I am sure that someone could make a suggestion
YEP! more info and a pic would help things...
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Old 10-19-16, 07:59 AM
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Here it is!
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Old 10-19-16, 08:30 AM
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Would a Bar Fly universal mount or similar be able to offset the light so that it clears the cables?

Looks like it could be placed on that diagonal section of the bar, to mount the light lower, or even higher.



https://www.walmart.com/ip/Bar-Fly-U...&wl13=&veh=sem
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Old 10-19-16, 09:17 AM
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This looks like a good fix in general, but I'm also considering going to trekking bars and they seem to cost about the same and have way more mounting room, but depending on the time frame for that I'd probably go this route instead of rerouting the cables.
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