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Old 02-10-05, 05:34 PM   #1
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Old 02-10-05, 05:41 PM   #2
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i think you have them set up incorrectly. if they are in-line brake levers, they are designed to push on the housing instead of pulling on the cable. you can anchor the cable on the side you have them running from now and have them enter the "right" side.
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Yup, Msngr is correct. BTW, Nice ride. Love the blue Chain ring bolts. Is that fixed?

EDIT- here's a pic of CX levers on my fixie in progress. This shows the correct way of mounting the levers. My housing is a little screwed up, FYI.
You do get that little cable nub sticking out, if it bothers you.

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Old 02-10-05, 07:37 PM   #4
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If you use an sti nubbed cable, you get rid of the poking out business. Nice and flush.
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If you use an sti nubbed cable, you get rid of the poking out business. Nice and flush.
Isn't using derailleur cables for brakes bad? Do you use derailleur housing as well? Any problems?
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What did you use for spacers on the bolts?
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Old 02-11-05, 07:23 AM   #7
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Isn't using derailleur cables for brakes bad? Do you use derailleur housing as well? Any problems?
Yes. Derailleur cable typically has longitudinal wire under the casing, brake cable has a spiraled metal sheath. Derailleur cable may not hold up under braking. http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_ho-z.html#housing

I had an LBS try to sell me d-cable as brake cable one time.
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I would say that if you were riding SS, then using shifter/derailleur housing/cable is not a good idea. However, for the amount of breaking on a fixie, you should be fine. If you really pull hard on the break with shifter stuff, it might very well snap, but you'll be headin over the bars by that point.
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