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Old 07-07-06, 09:29 AM
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V-brake cabling

Hey everyone.

My bike currently has a front disc and a rear v-brake. I am planning on removing the disc brake as it has never worked properly, and never will, and replacing both that and the rear brake with brand new V-brakes and cabling. I have seen on websites that the cables come in two long strips with lengths of housing to go with them. My first question is, how do you cut the cable innards (the metal cable that goes inside the housing) without fraying it? Also, my bike needs a small length of housing to go from the lever to the start of the top bar of the frame. Then, along this top bar, there is no housing until the end of it. Is it possible to cut the housing into these two bits and use them? thanks for your time.

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proper cable cutters, as opposed to improper wire cutters. dremel tools work well too. be sure to trip any little wires poking out of ragged ends of the housing. has a page on cables somewhere.
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When people say use proper cable cutters they're correct, I tried to make do with wire cutters (they were really good ones and I only had one small job) I eventually got it done but my nice wire cutters were ruined, and it took several tries. If I ever need to cut a cable again, even just 1, I'm getting nice bike cable cutters.
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