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Old 03-15-09, 01:44 AM
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Need help with what to buy for a project

Hello

Im going to mount drops on my hybrid and need some advice for the online order.

I have the following parts:
Drop bars
Brake levers (old Shimano 600)
Bar End shifters (old 7 speed Shimano)

The things I know I have to buy are:
New cables - Jagwire Hyper L3 kit 25$- is there a less expensive option?
Bar tape

Something else?

The bike has cantilevers and I need to know how you adjust the brakes/shifting with such setup.
The rear brake cable runs atop of top tube and the shifting cables are under the down tube.

Thanks for your help.
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Old 03-15-09, 06:55 AM
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First off, make sure your handlebar clamp diameter of your new drops matches that of your hybrid's flat bar. Flat bars tend to be 25.4mm while drops are usually 26mm. You cannot use 26mm bars in a 25.4mm stem. You might need to add a new stem to your list.

About the only way to recable a bike cheaper than that kit would be to buy bulk housing and find cables on sale. Unless you need a bunch of housing, you are better off just buying that kit. In my opinion, it's a good deal.

Your list should be everything you need. If you were using brifters, I'd recommend an inline adjuster for the front derailler but with your bar end shifters that should not be necessary.

The adjustment for your brakes won't be any different with the new levers than the previous levers. Just attach the cable with the brake pads held close to the rim by hand then use the adjuster to get the feel you want. For the deraillers, again, it's no different than a standard derailler adjustment. If you need help on that, visit www.parktool.com for a nice tutorial.
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You can buy a cable kit with brake and shifter cables at Walmart for about $5. I have used them dozens of times and they work fine. Roger
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@joejack951
The clamp diameter is matching.

Is the inline adjuster: housing- adjuster- housing, or do these adjusters have to be attached to the frame?

Do I need adjusters for all four cables?

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Sorry, no Walmart around here (on the other side of the pond)
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Originally Posted by pedalwhirl View Post
@joejack951
The clamp diameter is matching.

Is the inline adjuster: housing- adjuster- housing, or do these adjusters have to be attached to the frame?

Do I need adjusters for all four cables?
The inline adjuster goes "inline" with the housing, so yes, it's housing - adjuster - housing.

You only need them where you really need/want to fine tune cable tension and have no other method for adjusting tension. Most rear deraillers have an adjuster built in so you shouldn't need one on that housing. Cantilever brakes sometimes have an adjuster at the housing stop which negates the need for an inline adjuster there. Also, brakes don't require nearly the precision of cable adjustment as do indexed shifters so you can often get away with just adding/decreasing tension where the cable is clamped at the brake.

Front deraillers have no provision for adjusting tension and if you have a triple crank, getting the correct tension for shifts to and from the middle ring can be a real headache without a tension adjuster if using indexed shifters. With a double crank and/or friction shifters, one can often get away without needing an adjuster.

In your situation, an inline adjuster for the front derailler might save you some trouble as your cables, housing, and shifter break in but likely is not necessary as your front shifter should be friction only.
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