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Old 11-30-16, 10:07 AM
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Cable routing for upright handlebar

Ok, call me crazy, but I think it'd be cool to have my brake cables routed so that they go along the handlebar in a similar way to how rod brake levers are attached. I'm wondering if there's any elegant way to do this, with some sort of clamp-on guide? I did a ton of googling last night, and found it frustrating that the exact type of thing I have in mind exists for motorcycle handlebars, but of course the diameter is too large to work with a bicycle - at least without shims, and shims would take away from the aesthetics. Here's how I want the cables routed, roughly:

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less internal friction if it's just a smooth curve..

Maybe if you put a V brake noodle right at the brake lever?


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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
less internal friction if it's just a smooth curve..

Maybe if you put a V brake noodle right at the brake lever?


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That's an idea for a start, but what about a way to attach the cable to the handlebar?

This is the kind of thing I'm asking about, but I can't find a good way to do it with a bicycle handlebar diameter

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Cut strips of thin aluminium stock. With a bit of determination it'll shape well enough with hand force. A screw in the middle to pinch it together.
Or try P-clamps. One in bar size and one in cable sleeve size. Clamp to each other, or via a small piece of sheet metal stock.
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I like the natural curve of the housing in front of the bars. Only reason I can think of to do what you are saying is to keep them out of the way of a handlebar bag or basket.

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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread View Post
I like the natural curve of the housing in front of the bars. Only reason I can think of to do what you are saying is to keep them out of the way of a handlebar bag or basket.

I do have a porteur rack that's going on the bike. The bigger thing is just that I'm wanting to emulate the look of my 1937 Raleigh as much as possible, within reason.


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Try some zip ties & see if it will even function properly. If it does, then look for a more elegant clamp.
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Cut strips of thin aluminium stock. With a bit of determination it'll shape well enough with hand force. A screw in the middle to pinch it together.
In my shop I would do this, either with sheet aluminum or even cereal box cardboard until I had the shape and dimensions right. Then I'd fabricate the actual brackets out of sheet stainless steel. Of course my shop is stocked with the doggonest materials that I keep when they look like they could be handy for making something some day. I got my stainless steel from the transfer station, an old industrial drinking cup holder IIRC. Flattened the sheet steel out and now I snip pieces off it when needed.
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