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Old 09-23-08, 05:33 PM
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Cable Housing and Head Tube

What are the various ways to prevent the cable housing from rubbing on the head tube paint and causing deterioration?

Some cable stops are right on the head tube but many are on the downtube.

Some build ups leave a lot of slack on the cables and it dangles where the head tube meets the crown of the fork.
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Clear plastic frame saver patches?
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On many frames it's possible to cross the cable housings so that the rear shifter cable goes to the left side of the down tube. I route shift cables that way so long as they don't rub the frame where they cross again under the down tube.
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Make the shift cable housings as short as possible so that they JUST allow the bars to be turned all the way both ways without binding. That way the cables pretty much stay clear of the head tube when the bars are straight ahead. Patches of plastic tape where the cables cross the headtube help too and with some clever shopping can be pretty much color matched. Also, this is an excellent use for those clear self-adhesive tube repair patches that don't work very well on tubes.

RG's recomendation to cross the housing to the opposite cable stop and then cross the cable wires again under the downtube is also a good idea but I've never tried it myself.
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