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Housing adjustment, and reusing brake cable

Old 03-14-09, 08:35 AM
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Housing adjustment, and reusing brake cable

I'm installing a new set of handlebars, which requires ditching my cross bar top levers [doesn't fit new handlebar profile], so I'm going to have to do something about the housing up front. Would it be possible to do this the 'cheap way' and just have the ends of the existing housing butt up against each other where the cross lever used to be?

Also, to remove the cross levers, I will have to pull the brake cables almost all the way out the front to unthread them. The cables have a slight kink in them right by the very end where they were bent away from the brake mechanism. Will this prevent them from going back through the housing when I reinstall them?

I'm trying to figure out if I have to buy new brake cable and housing, or not, without diving in and causing a headache.
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Old 03-14-09, 08:47 AM
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I understand the need to do things on the "cheap". In this case the cost is minimal. Housing is about $1.00 a foot and cables are ab0ut $4.00 each. Assuming that you are doing hte work yourself this will cost about $15.00.
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There are double-end ferrules that allow you to join two pieces of housing to make a longer one and keep the ends aligned. Just butting them together is likely to allow them to slip out of alignment under load.

The kink may make the cables harder to rethread through the housing but it should be possible. Fraying at the end is more likely to cause trouble.

Recommendation: buy new cables and housing. They aren't that expensive.
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Thanks for the advice. I ended up just buying some new cables and housing, although I decided to reuse the front brake cable and keep one of the full length new cables in reserve. The bike is only a few months old so the cables were still in great shape. I could have probably reused both. New housing was definitely the way to go, however.
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